November 13th concert: Old Town Goes Latin

November performersViva la Musica! Classical Tuesdays in Old Town goes Latin, with influences from both popular and traditional music of Latin America and Spain.

Concert flyer (PDF)

Pamela Ryker (flute), Cindy Renander (clarinet), and John Paul Shields (guitar) will perform music by South American, Caribbean and European composers. These works bring to life the dance rhythms, the passion and fervor, and the soul of the Latin heritage. It's music to set your foot tapping. Songs to get you humming.

Come enjoy the music of Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, Cuban Ignacio Cervantes, Brazilian Celso Machado, Frenchman Darius Milhaud and more.

Tuesday, November 13th. 7:00 PM at the Slavonian Hall. Free admission.

Loop 2.4.3 featured on NPR

Many of you have seen Loop 2.4.3's lively percussion concerts for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town.

We're delighted to report that Loop 2.4.3's new CD, Batterie, was reviewed on National Public Radio's Fresh Air today. You can hear the full review here (it's the second feature in the show).

NPR also used a Loop 2.4.3 track as an interlude. The audio is here.

Congratulations to Loop 2.4.3 for a successful debut CD! And remember, you heard them here first, on Classical Tuesdays in Old Town. We hope to bring Loop 2.4.3 to Old Town again, next season.

Wonderful concert by Brass Unlimited, great audience

This week's Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert was performed by the Brass Unlimited quartet. The members are David Mulkins and Karl Ronning on trumpets, and Keith Gorsuch and Eric Stevens on trombones. All four are professional music-educators in the Tacoma public schools.

Thanks to Jamie for the photo of the concert!

Brass Unlimited had appeared in the first season of our series, and we were happy to bring them back -- by popular request. They played wonderfully, individually, and especially as an ensemble, as only a group that has performed together for ten years could. Let's be sure to watch for the Brass Unlimited tenth anniversary concert at the end of January.

The pieces performed Tuesday night were often lyrical and mellifluous, at other times sonorous and stirring. The program was full of concert favorites composed by Beethoven, Mozart, Frackenpohl, American-great Copland, and many others. All the selections were transcribed by member Keith Gorsuch.

Expanded season & Poster!

Season poster

You may have noticed the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town season poster around town, with dates for all six concerts.

Want a copy for your fridge door? Here it is, 8 1/2 x 11".

Expanded season

Yes, I said six concerts! Our season has expanded by two months.

First off: Thanks to the generosity of John Connelly of Connelly Law Offices, our December concert will be a benefit for Classical Tuesdays (details to be announced).

And there's more great news: our sponsors are supporting two more free concerts in Jan-Feb 2008, to start the New Year with music!

"Totally bad brasses", like, yeah!

We always enjoy these backhanded compliments from the Volcano. About the concert next Tuesday the 9th:

Arts and cultural picks of the week

Trumpets and Trombones: Somebody’s gotta love ’em. And you can’t do anything but love trumpets and trombones running through Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Aaron Copland at once. Which is what you’ll get when Classical Tuesdays in Old Town presents “Sounds of Celebration: Brass Unlimited in Concert". Four professional music educators — David Mulkins (trumpet and piccolo trumpet), Karl Ronning (trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Stevens (trombone), and Keith Gorsuch (bass trombone) are totally bad brasses. Check it. — SS
We agree. Totally.