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