Tacoma Weekly article, 11/9

The Tacoma Weekly
Nov 9
Concert series offers free classical music
by Todd Barker Johnson

"On the second Tuesday of each month this autumn, Tacomans are invited to get a free taste of classical chamber music, courtesy of Slavonian Hall and a few community-minded citizens with a taste for the arts.

"The classical music series known as “Classical Tuesdays in Old Town” began in the autumn of last year when the Old Town Business and Professional Association asked professional flutist Pam Ryker to arrange a new concert series for the people of Tacoma. Newly-appointed Artistic Director Ryker turned to District Manager Penelope Lucas for assistance, and the two went to work. . . .

"Most of the musicians who perform in the series are themselves from Tacoma. This includes performers from the Tacoma Symphony and music professors from local universities, such as violinist Maria Sampen and violinist/violist Timothy Christie, a married couple who both teach at the University of Puget Sound. . . .

"In addition to playing music, the musicians will often talk with the audience in between pieces, creating a more casual atmosphere than one might expect from a night of classical chamber music.

"Perhaps this casualness could explain the broad appeal of the concert series."

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