February 9 Classical Strings in Slav Hall at 7pm

For the closing event of our 11th season, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is very pleased to have violinists Maria Sampen and Tim Christie returning to Slavonian Hall. .
Maria Sampen, violinist

Maria and Tim will perform solo and duet numbers for violin or violin and viola by Haydn, Mozart, Berio and Alexi Igudesman.

And, we will be introduced to cellist Alistair MacRae, who has recently joined the music faculty at University of Puget Sound. Alistair will join Maria and Tim in a performance of Beethoven's Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1.
Tim Christie, violinist

Alistair MacRae, cellist

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

Our Thanks! to our generous supporters:
Slavonian American Benevolent Society
Tacoma Arts Commission
John Connelly Law Offices
Dr. Nicole Ancich, DMD
Ted Brown Music Co.
Kathy Manke, The Spar
Gingko Forest Wine Tasting Room

4 Awesome Accordionists filled Slav Hall

Awesome accordions!
Our 4 guest accordionists wowed a jam-packed Slavonian Hall on Tuesday evening. Toby Hanson gave us a brief overall story of the accordion and played a great variety of styles. Murl Allen Sanders strolled the room, playing jazz and tango. Bonnie Birch serenaded us with her lovely classical touch, and Lyle Schaefer closed the evening with another array of accordion styles. Toby, Murl, Bonnie and Lyle finished with a foot-tapping beer polka. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to Joanne Iverson we have some fun photos of the evening to share.
Murl Sanders strolls the room

Pam and Toby address a full house
And for February's event we look forward to a return performance - back by popular demand - of violinists Maria Sampen & Tim Christie. A bonus is the addition of  new UPS faculty cellist Alistair MacRae; he'll join Maria & Tim in a Beethoven Trio.

The February 9 evening concludes this, our 11th year, in Old Town. And funding and plans are already lining up for our 12th season!

Join us as we celebrate our Classical Tuesdays community!

A huge Thanks! to Dr Nicole Ancich for paying for the printing of programs.
As always, our Thanks! to Slavonian American Society for the use of their great Hall.
And we could not present these free music events without the support of Tacoma Arts Commission, John Connelly Law Offices, Kathy Manke of The Spar, SAI Music Fraternity and Ted Brown Music Store.
Hugs to all!

TAC funds Classical Tuesdays for 12th year running!

Thank you! to Tacoma Arts Commission for supporting Classical Tuesdays in Old Town through their 2016 Arts Projects funding program. For twelve years TAC has helped fund our Classical Tuesdays series.

The Classical Tuesdays free musical events are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through February in Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park in Old Town Tacoma. The annual benefit Wine & Song is held at the John Connelly Law Offices, also in Old Town.

2016 Tacoma Arts Projects funding

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Awesome Accordions in the New Year

On January 12, 2016, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town rings in the New Year by celebrating the accordion-  in a few of its many guises.

Four Northwest accordionists will play for us in Slavonian Hall, featuring several distinct styles of music the accordion excels at - in the right hands.

Bonnie Birch

Bonnie Birch is one of the Northwest’s finest accordionists performing a versatile repertoire of American, European Continental (French, Italian, etc), and classical music.

She performs as a soloist as well as working with a wide variety of local area musicians and singers.
Bonnie is president of the Northwest Accordion Society and chairman of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.

Toby Hanson
Toby Hanson is a well-studied accordionist with experience in a wide range of styles.  A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, he has built a career playing both with various bands and as a solo artist. His breadth of experience encompasses various styles including French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Balkan, and American. Mr. Hanson is the musical director of the Valse Café Orchestra, founder and leader of the Smilin’ Scandinavians polka band, and a member of Cowgirl’s Dream, Alchymeia, Rouge, The Jangles, The Highball Boys, and various other ensembles.  In April 2015, Mr. Hanson was privileged to serve as music director for an off-Broadway production of “The Polish Diva From Milwaukee” in New York City.

Murl Allen Sanders, musician, composer, teacher and recording artist, has been active in the Seattle area
Murl Allen Sanders
music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Brazilian accordion virtuoso Chico Chagas, virtuoso accordionists Stas  Venglevski and Gary Blair, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Everett Philarmonic, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Warren Rand, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others. Murl teaches piano and accordion privately and is adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and Shoreline Community College. He has received two grants from The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to compose “She Blows Hot and Cold” and a grant to compose his “Accordion Concerto #2” which premiered in 2007 with Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers. His “Accordion Concerto #1” premiered in 2003. Murl received a 2010 and 2009 ASCAP plus awards.  

Lyle Schaefer has been playing professionally for over 50 years, locally, as well as touring throughout the Midwest and overseas in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.  As a teenager, he won 1st place in his age division, competing in the 1962 Washington State Teachers Association accordion competition.  After serving in the Army, 82ndAirborne division and a tour in Viet Nam, he returned to pursue a career in the medical profession; at the same time becoming a popular musician, playing for all kinds of venues, organizations, and dance clubs.  From 1998 through 2000, along with his brother, placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in Canada’s largest Old-time Accordion Competition.   One of the highlights was playing a successful Polka Breakfast at the Swiss Inn.  Over the years, along with recording with other groups, has made three recordings, “Gentlemen Do Play Accordion” (1985), “Polka Style by Lyle” (1994), and “The Schaefer Brothers Live” (1996). 

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

Classical Tuesdays' Wine & Song Succeeds All-Round

Tuesday was the Classical Tuesdays Wine & Song Benefit, held at the John Connelly Law Offices. Walking into the Office lobby we were greeted by seasonal greenery, poinsettias, a tinseled tree and the glow of festive lights reflected on the highly polished woodwork.

The highlight of the evening was the beautiful performance by soprano Cyndia Sieden and pianist Jennifer Bowman. They performed the beautiful Pie Jesu by Faure and songs of Musto, Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss. Of special interest were three songs based on poetry of Cal Kinnear composed by Tacoma composer Greg Youtz. Encores included arias from Rigoletto and Candide. The music sounded wonderful in the salon-setting of the Office space.

The reception table was beautifully set by Old Town neighbor Chris Reynolds displaying lovely cookies and quite an array of tasty finger foods contributed by Old Town neighbors and by Metropolitan Market. Some lovely wines were poured by Sonie of the Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room; another neighborly Old Town supporter.

A huge round of applause goes to these special supporters of this successful evening:

the generous reception table for Wine & Song

Dec 8 Cyndia Sieden "Star of the Evening" $25 Tickets available at Bayview Optical

The star of the upcoming Classical Tuesdays' Wine & Song Benefit is internationally renowned soprano Cyndia Sieden. Sieden has programmed songs by local composer Gregory Youtz and New York composer John Musto, as well as songs by composers of the late Romantic and early modern eras Richard Strauss and Camille Saint-Saens. Jennifer Bowman will accompany her at the piano.

 Sieden has starred at most of the world's great opera houses, including the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, the New York Met, Paris's Opéra Bastille, the Wiener Staatsoper, Barcelona's Gran Teatre de Liceu, Brussels's La Monnaie, and London's Covent Garden and English National, as well as in Beijing and Australia. Her highly-praised Metropolitan Opera debut was as Berg's Lulu, and her success quickly led to reengagement in 2008 for Die Zauberflöte's Queen of the Night, one of her signature roles. Sieden is much in demand for Orff's Carmina Burana, the oratorios and masses of Handel, Mozart, and Haydn, and works of Bach, Strauss and Mahler. She has sung with many of the most renowned symphony orchestras in the world

The significant milestone in her studies was work with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in master classes in Carmel Valley, CA in 1982. Schwarzkopf then invited Sieden to become her private student, and also to work with her in master classes at the 1983 Salzburg Mozarteum. Sieden sang in the culminating concert/competition and won first place, the springboard for her first professional engagements.

Sieden has earned high praise from Arts Critics around the world:

Cyndia Sieden "Star of the Evening"
Wayne Lee Gay, FrontRow (Dallas)
20 May 2013

 Splendid Performance of Carmina Burana
John Norine Jr., TheaterJones.com
19 May 2013

 Soprano Cyndia Sieden Shines in Concert
Hugh Jardin, Peninsula Reviews
4 November 2011

Cyndia Sieden, Bo Skovhus To Open 2015/16 Season of Helsinki Philharmonic
August 2015 Helsinki Music Centre

She has many recordings on international labels available through Amazon:

When & where:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:00pm

Connelly Law Offices
2301 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

$25 tickets available for purchase at 
 Bayview Optical, 2217 N 30th Street, Suite 106, Old Town
All ages welcome

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event

December 8th at 7:00pm is our Wine & Song, a benefit for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town

Join us for our annual Wine & Song Benefit!
We'll gather at the handsome John Connelly Law Offices in Old Town Tacoma.

Our guest artist is renowned soprano Cyndia Sieden. She will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Bowman.

Cyndia Sieden, soprano

Featured music this year are songs of Tacoma's own Gregory Youtz,  as well as songs by John Musto, Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss!

After an intimate recital we will enjoy lovely wines poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room and tasty finger foods, savory and sweet.

The Law Offices are always festively decorated for the holidays by Angela Connelly. The reception table is beautifully set and the foods invitingly arrayed by Old Town neighbor Christine Reynolds.

$25 tickets. Nancy Muse of Bayview Optical has tickets for your purchase.
Any remaining tickets will be available at the door at the event.

This evening is a community gathering to celebrate and support the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free music events. All are welcome!

When & where:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:00pm

Connelly Law Offices
2301 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

$25 tickets available for purchase at 
 Bayview Optical, 2217 N 30th Street, Suite 106, Old Town
All ages welcome

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event