Photos of 2011 Wine & Song Benefit Concert

Thank you to everyone who was part of the Classical Tuesdays 2011 Wine & Song Benefit! As always, we had a wonderful audience, dedicated volunteers, and generous support from local businesses and residents.

Tacoma photographer Dayton Knipher has generously shared her photos of the event. Below are soprano Christina Kowalski, tenor Gino Lucchetti, pianist Denes Van Parys, and our beautiful venue, the John Connelly Law Offices.

Tonight's Wine & Song Benefit (December 13)

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... that you come out tonight for our Wine & Song Benefit Concert!

Photo: Soprano Christina Kowalski

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Tuesday, Dec. 13: Classical Tuesdays Wine & Song Benefit

By Volcano Staff on December 7, 2011

This year's Classical Tuesdays Wine & Song Benefit in Old Town Tacoma will feature "American Arias and songs from operas, musicals and movies," according to the press release. It will also - more importantly - feature soprano Christina Kowalski and tenor Gino Lucchetti accompanied by pianist Denes Van Parys - doling out tunes by Gian Carlo Menotti, Bernard Herman, Samuel Barber, Oscar Hammerstein and others. This annual event benefits the free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town chamber music series.

When & where:

Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th Street, Tacoma.
7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011.
$25, tickets available at Bay View Optical, The Spar, or by calling Pamela at 253.752.2135.

More details here

Wine & Song Benefit on December 13

American Arias and Songs from Operas, Musicals and Movies are the theme of this year's Classical Tuesdays Wine & Song Benefit.

Lyric soprano Christina Kowalski and tenor Gino Lucchetti (back by popular demand!) will be accompanied by pianist and raconteur Denes Van Parys (also welcomed back!) in songs by Gian Carlo Menotti, Bernard Hermann, Samuel Barber, Oscar Hammerstein and others.


Tickets are $25. This is our annual fundraising concert benefiting the free Classical Tuesdays In Old Town chamber music series. Following the performance, guests are invited to mingle and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

To reserve your seats, drop by Bay View Optical or The Spar Coffee Shop, both on 30th Street in Old Town, or call Pamela at 253-752-2135. There are no online sales for this event.

When and where:

The Wine & Song Benefit will be held at 7pm on December 13, at the handsomely refurbished Connelly Law Offices at 2301 N. 30th Street in Old Town.

Thanks to Community for Supporting Evening of String Trios

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Connelly Law Offices, Classical Tuesdays' audience enjoyed a delightful evening of string trios and duos on November 8.  The Manette Trio performed works by Beethoven, Mozart, Dohnanyi and Kodaly to a full audience in our lovely Slavonian Hall.

The support of members of the Old Town Business & Professional Association makes it possible to present these concerts - for free - in the Old Town District. For the Manette Trio concert, the Connelly Law Offices underwrote the expense of the concert and printed the flyers and programs for the event. Many thanks for these generous contributions!

Classical Tuesdays also has a number of full-season sponsors, including both businesses and individuals in the district. The Slavonian-American Benevolent Society offers the series free use of the hall, the Old Town Starbucks donates coffee and cups, and Cathy Russell at the Hawthorn Tea Room contributes teas and cookies. Last but not least, the Tacoma Arts Commission grants financial support for the entire season--for seven straight seasons of Classical Tuesdays!

photos by Jim Robbins

One of Volcano's 5 Things To Do Tonight

Thanks to The Volcano for including the Classical Tuesdays November 8 concert as one of 5 Things To Do Tonight.

We appear to score somewhere below the bare-chested young men of the Twilight series.... With such competition, we appreciate the mention!

5. Classical Tuesdays in Old Town: The Manette Trio will perform Beethoven, Mozart, Kodaly and Dohnanyi as part of Classical Tuesdays inside the Slavonian Hall in Old Town Tacoma.

More information on the concert:
String Trios on November 8

When and where:
Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
For more info: (253)752-2135

String Trios on November 8 in Slavonian Hall

The Manette Trio will perform for our Nov. 8th, 2011 concert. Trio members are violinist Gwendolyn Taylor, violist Thane Lewis and cellist Stuart Hake.

Their program includes works from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. The evening will start with Beethoven's Trio in C Minor, Op. 9 No. 3, linger on selected movements of Mozart's Duo in G for Violin & Viola and Kodaly's Duo, Op. 7 for Violin & Cello, then  conclude with Dohnanyi's Serenade, in C Major.

Join us for this lovely evening of chamber music in Old Town.

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
For more info: (253)752-2135

Call for photos: Old Town Lion Dance & Chinese Concert

Thanks to our new neighbors, South Sound Magazine, for highlighting the Old Town District's lion dance and Classical Tuesdays' first concert of 2011-12! South Sound Magazine just moved to Old Town a few months ago, and we're delighted to welcome them to the district.

More information on the events:
Chinese Concert & Lion Dance on October 11

We would like to post a few good photos of the lion dance and the concert, and South Sound Magazine may also be able to use one or two photos. If you have photos to share, please drop us an email.

Classical Tuesdays on TV Tacoma's CityLine

Last week, TV Tacoma's CityLine featured Classical Tuesdays Artistic Director Pamela Ryker along with segments on the Tacoma Film Festival and the Fall Free For All. CityLine is great to work with, and we're enjoying hearing from those of you who've already seen the episode.

If you missed the show last week, you can still catch it online or on cable:

  • Watch at the City of Tacoma website (click on "Oct 4, 2011"). The Classical Tuesdays segment starts 45 minutes in.
  • Watch for the episode to repeat on Click! or Comcast (Channel 12 or 21, depending on your location).

Tuesday's Chinese concert in The News Tribune

Tomorrow night, we're delighted to both open the Classical Tuesdays 2011-12 season and also honor the Chinese Reconciliation Project and the newly-dedicated Fuzhou Ting. Friday's News Tribune gave a good description:

Chinese music program honors new park

By Rosemary Ponnekanti on October 7, 2011

With the Chinese Reconciliation Park just opened at the Old Town Tacoma waterfront, Tacoma has finally taken a step in throwing off its historically infamous relationship with its Chinese citizens, going some way toward apologizing for brutally evicting them in 1885. Next week, that step is honored further with a free concert of classical Chinese music in Old Town’s Slavonian Hall, preceded by an outdoor lion dance through Old Town.

The concert and dance are part of the seventh season of the Classical Tuesdays series, a free series of classical concerts presented by the Old Town business district that often goes out of the box: Upcoming concerts include a string trio, the annual opera aria fundraiser, a Tacoma composer and a medieval vocal consort.

This Tuesday kicks off with the U.S. China Music Ensemble led by Warren Chang, a Seattle-based orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments like erhu, pipa, dizi and guzheng blending to create that shimmery Asian soundscape.

When and where:
5:45 p.m. Lion Dance (begins at Gateway Park, near the Old Town Music Society on N. 30th St.)
7 p.m. Free concert by the U.S. China Music Ensemble (at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma).

More information:

Classical Tuesdays' 7th Season

October 11th, 2011, kicks off our seventh season of Classical Tuesdays in Old Town!  We'll feature four widely varied free concerts, plus our annual benefit concert.  The line-up is:

October 11 Chinese Concert & Lion Dance

  • In celebration of the new Chinese Reconciliation Park and Pavilion
  • 5:45pm Lion Dance starting at Gateway Park
  • 7pm US China Music Ensemble at Slavonian Hall
November 8 The Manette String Trio performs Beethoven and Mozart
  • Gwendolyn Talyor, violin; Thane Lewis, viola; Stuart Hake, cello
December 13 American Opera Arias: Annual Benefit Concert & Wine Reception
  • Christina Kowalski, soprano; Gino Lucchetti, tenor; Denes Van Parys, piano
  • Held at Connelly Law Offices, Old Town; $25 admission
January 10, 2012 Wired for Sound
  • Tacoma composer Joshua Parmenter and friends
  • Acoustic and electronic music
February 14 Plaisir d'Amour (The Pleasure of Love)
  • Canonici vocal consort
  • Love songs in English, French and Italian

As always, a big Thank You! to the Slavonian-American Benevolent Society for the use of their beautiful hall in Old Town.

Concerts start at 7pm the second Tuesday of each month. All but the benefit concert are at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St, in Old Town Tacoma. Info: 253-752-2135, And of course, admission is free.


Chinese Concert & Lion Dance on October 11

October 11 opens Classical Tuesdays in Old Town's 7th season!

Our first concert is part of Old Town Tacoma's celebration of the new Chinese Reconciliation Park and Pavilion on the waterfront. Old Town will host two events on October 11:

5:45pm Lion dance
  • Gather at Gateway Park (next to the Old Town Music Society) and accompany the lion party to the doors of Slavonian Hall.
7pm Classical Tuesdays concert
Both events are free and open to the public.

Come help celebrate a new season of Classical Tuesdays and the next phase of the Chinese Reconciliation Project!

When and where:

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
For more info: (253)752-2135

Print a flyer for this concert.


All photos courtesy of US China Music Ensemble.

Classical Tuesdays February 8 concert a Critic's Pick

We hope to see you tomorrow, February 8, for our final concert of the season! It's nice to end with a bang, so we're doubly glad to be among The News Tribune's Critic's Pick:

Critic's Picks: William Wolfram piano at UPS, African American history portraits, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town and Garrison Keilor at the Pantages

By Rosemary Ponnekanti on February 4, 2011

Classical Tuesday features “Expanded Sounds”

This month’s Classical Tuesday in Old Town will expand your listening ears with contemporary classical music for electric guitar, marimba, flute, voice and electronics. 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Free. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135,

More details on the concert

Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
For more info: (253)752-2135

Extended Instruments/Expanded Listening on February 8, 7pm

Jasper Tollefson
Join us on February 8 for our closing concert of the season!

Special guest composer Chris DeLaurenti will treat us to an operatic sonic valentine. "Thrill: A Jazz Madrigal" features the voices of Seattle-area jazz and gospel singers Greta Matassa, Kelley Johnson, Josephine Howell, and Dawn Clement in a fresh handling of the classic torch song "You're My Thrill" as a haunting Elizabethan madrigal.

Miho Takekawa
Also featured: "Io" by Lois Vierk for amplified trio of flute, electric guitar and marimba.

Performers Jasper Tollefson on classical and electric guitars and Miho Takekawa on marimba will perform solo works as well.

We hope to see you at Slavonian Hall for this last concert of our 2010-2011 season!

Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
For more info: (253)752-2135

The News Tribune highlights our youth concert

Despite the weather, Classical Tuesdays had a lovely evening with the Tacoma Youth Symphony chamber ensembles. Thanks to The News Tribune for a nice tribute to our young performers:

Free Arts Month: youthful chamber music in a snowy Old Town
By Rosemary Ponnekanti on January 11, 2011

You could almost believe you were in Europe – listening to Haydn and Handel before walking outside into a snowy street. Tonight was a concert in the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series, free shows in Slavonian Hall on North 30th Street that range from really new percussion compositions to saxophone quartets and baroque lute songs. Tonight’s concert showcased the young musicians in the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, in particular their wind and string principals as they combined in various permutations to make chamber music.

It wasn't a professional concert, unlike some fantastic ones the Classical Tuesdays folk have put together. But it’s a learning experience for these fine young musicians – playing chamber music is like having an erudite, enthusiastic conversation where everyone speaks at once and yet you’re listening to what everyone’s saying. It’s hard to do well, but these teenagers achieved some graceful moments, from the opening Haydn string quartet (rather solemn) to the pleasant woodwind quartet and lush string quintet by Spaniard Joaquin Turina. Violinists Jonathan Galle and Ana Campo shone, as did cellist Wesley Newsome; and there was a rocking bass quartet playing with deadpan deliberation and great intonation (which is difficult, as I know from many personal experiences.)

And then, of course, all that beautiful snow…

Tacoma Weekly features tonight's youth concert

Tonight Classical Tuesdays is proud to present the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association's chamber players. See the Tacoma Weekly for some great photos of our young performers.

It's looking wintry outside, so join us for a cozy night with delightful chamber music and delicious coffee, cocoa, and cookies!

When and where:

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 2011, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Info here or (253)752-2135