Reschedule: March 10 features Torch Ensemble

January's event was postponed due to threatening weather. Torch Ensemble is coming to Slavonian Hall on Tuesday March 10!

TORCH, a Seattle-based contemporary group (Brian Chin, trumpet; Eric Likkel, clarinets; Steve Schermer, bass; Ben Thomas, vibes) perform original and experimental compositions collaborating with videographer Scott Kolbo. Kolbo's multi-media "Passages" tells an inspiring story of resilience and hope, with a heavy dose of slapstick humor and absurdity.
Torch Ensemble

The group Torch takes their name from a Thomas Mann quote: “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.”
Check them out:

WHEN: March 10, 7:00pm
WHERE: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
FREE: donations greatly appreciated in support of this series of free musical events.
USE the ramp from the alley in the back if the stairs in the Hall are too challenging.
Plenty of free parking, plenty of eateries in the neighborhood for before or after our event.

February 11 Classical Tuesdays in Old Town features Women Composers of the 17th Century

Leading Ladies: Celebrating Baroque Women Composers
Soprano Natalie Ingrisano and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky invite us to step back into 17th Century Italy for an evening of songs written by women composers. It's only recently that these earlier women composers and their prodigious output are resurfacing. Join us for a delightful evening!

Natalie Ingrisano, soprano

Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichordist
Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma
Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th Street, Tacoma WA 98407
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00pm
FREE/all ages welcome/a ramp is available in the rear for those who are challenged by the Hall's stairs

Classical Tuesdays Jan 14: Canceled, hopefully rescheduled in March.

TORCH is a contemporary chamber music ensemble performing original compositions. Their name references Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's mantra, “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life's terrible depths."

From TORCH's website:

In 2012, we asked, “Is it possible to create music that could exist as both intellectually rich and crafted with precision while maintaining a palpable groove without using a drummer?” TORCH was born to answer the question with series of self-composed, original programs of music. Rooted in contemporary classical composition, modern tango, and jazz improvisation, TORCH bridges gaps between genres, re-imagines works from master composers of the 20th century, and demonstrates an indie-band model of self-composition as a contemporary chamber music ensemble.
When: January 14th at 7:00pm
Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St
             Old Town Tacoma
Free/ donations appreciated
All ages welcome!
Parking and a ramp for those who need easier access are behind the hall

Wine & Song 2019 a resounding success

"(we)... had a wonderful time at the Wine and Song 2019.  Yes, the entertainment of piano and tenor  was top drawer!! And I am so excited about the kayak trip (we successfully bid on)...!!!! What a wonderful group of people.  I talked to so many interesting men and women!!!!!  Thank you for making our favorite Xmas Party so very special!!!! " GT

"And thanks to you Pam, for organizing such a fine event. It really was terrific--inspired us to get tickets to hear Brendan do the Messiah next week! " MK

Every seat was filled, Brendan and Beth's music was perfection, Chris's reception table was beautifully laden with delectable finger foods created by Karen and John,Kathleen, Northern Fish, Joanne, Chris' cookies, and wines donated by Kathy and John.

And above all, a big Thanks! to Rob for calling around and gathering folding chairs at the last hour!

The Old Town and Proctor district businesses Northern Fish, Lobster Shop, CI Shenanigan's, Harbor Lights, Katie Downs, Pacific Northwest Shop, Gardensphere, Justine of Europa Bistro, and Karen and Kirk were very generous with their contributions for the Silent Auction. Thank you!
We all enjoy spending the evening in the lovely Connelly Law Offices space, and thank them for their support.

All efforts - and our terrific audience - made for a successful and festive evening. All of this supports the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma series; we couldn't do it without you. Enjoy the Holidays! See you January 14 for our next event in Slav Hall.

Wine & Song Benefit is Tuesday December 10 at Connelly Law Offices

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is holding our annual Wine & Song Benefit again this year in the lovely Connelly Law Offices. Join us for a chamber recital by our guest artist Brendan  Tuohy, followed by a generous and convivial reception of wines and finger-foods. Those who wish may gather around the piano for a bit of carol singing at the end of the evening.

Connelly Law Offices in Old Town
The silent auction baskets are filling up amazingly! North End shops, theaters and restaurants offered so generously last season, and already a new round of retailers have come forth with attractive items.This is a silent auction, so it is not the focus of the evening, the winning bids will be announced during the wine reception; you will be impressed with what you might pick up.

Our featured guest singer for this Wine & Song is Tacoma tenor Brendan Tuohy accompanied by the wonderful pianist Beth Tankersley. Brendan has planned an evening of art songs centered around the theme of wandering, "I was thinking of a short set of Schubert songs followed by the Vaughan Williams 'songs of travel'. Then lighten the mood a little with 3 or 4 Reynaldo Hahn French songs and then close the evening with Dvorak’s gypsy songs." Sounds delightful to me!
tenor Brendan Tuohy

I most recently heard Brendan sing the lead role in The Tacoma Opera's production of The Elixir of Love downtown at the Rialto Theatre. All the roles were sung beautifully and Brendan truly shone.

Come, join us for this festive evening. By purchasing a ticket at:  you help support this series of free music events held on the 2nd Tuesdays in Old Town, September through February

When: Tuesday December 10, 7:00pm
Where: Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N 30th Street, Old Town
$30 tickets at
call 253-752-2135 for more info and to mail a check for tickets

November 12 Classical Tuesdays welcomes back Tim and Maria

Violins and More Violins! 
Maria Sampen and Tim Christie
On Tuesday November 12 Maria Sampen and Timothy Christie return to Old Town with an evening of violin music - solo, duo, and larger ensemble. Featured also will be a string group newly-formed and led by Maria at University of Puget Sound called the Puget Sound Virtuoso Strings - comprised of talented 7th-12th grade violinists from the Puget Sound area. This group will play selections for violin ensemble including a piece by Polish female composer, Grazyna Bacewicz, and Maria will join them for a performance of Astor Piazzola's Winter from his "Four Seasons".
The Puget Sound Virtuoso Strings

Tim and Maria will each perform solo violin repertoire - selections by Bach, Paganini, and Ysaye.

When: Tuesday November 12, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome  
Ramp access from the alley

The evening of Irish song and dance was such fun and heart-warming!

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma had a big success Tuesday evening when the Beltane Boys sang and played for us. Our toes tapped away and our hearts were warmed by the singing of their soulful male voices.

Brandon (fiddle), Rich (voice), Cameron (flute/whistles/pipes) and Bill on the bodhran

We had a full house - and 'most everyone started the evening with supper at The Spar. Great fun was had by all.
Be sure to join us November 12 for an evening of Violins and More Violins with Maria Sampen, Tim Christie and the Puget Sound Virtuoso Strings ensemble.