Tacoma Youth Symphony Chamber Ensembles January 13, 2015

To welcome the new year, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is delighted to present the Tacoma Youth Symphony chamber music ensembles! 
These are the best of the best: of the hundreds of students in the Tacoma Youth Symphony orchestras, the top instrumentalists are selected to be showcased in these small chamber ensembles.

Join us for fabulous music-making and cocoa, coffee and cookies!
Free admission, all ages welcome.

When and where:

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, at 7 pm, FREE.
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
More info: (253)752-2135

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit: 7:00pm on December 9, 2014

Tickets for the December 9th 7:00pm Wine & Song Benefit

$25 per person includes an evening of music, a wine pouring by Gingko Tasting Room and tasty finger foods.

Tickets are available now at Bayview Optical, 2217 N 30th St., Suite 106, Tacoma, WA 98403

Thank you! to Nancy Muse, proprietor of Bayview, for handling the selling of tickets.  
Connelly Law Offices, Old Town
No credit cards, please. Cash or check only. Thank you.

An Evening of Song in Old Town
Held at the beautifully restored Connelly Law Offices
2301 N 30th St. Old Town 

At 7:00pm we sit down to listen to Gino and Charles, accompanied by Jeff.

Gino will sing the standard Italian opera hits that he does so well and some Neapolitan songs.
Gino Lucchetti, tenor
Charles will sing songs by Jeffrey Moidel, the evening’s pianist, on poems by Pablo Neruda as well as romantic songs from the 1940s and 50s.
Charles Robert Stephens, baritone

And, of course, the two men will round out their set with crowd-pleasing duets.

Then we will all mingle with a glass of Gingko Wine and finger foods. A big Thank You! to Gingko Forest Winery Tasting Room for pouring some of their lovely wines this evening. 

Mosaic Brass Quintet performs in Slavonian Hall November 11, 7pm

Mosaic Brass Quintet:
Edward Castro and Zachary Lyman, trumpets
Becky Miller, French horn, Keith Winkle, trombone and Paul Evans, tuba

Mosaic Brass Quintet
     These five superb Northwest brass musicians will perform a program of music from the second half of the 20th Century. Composers featured are Englishman Sir Malcolm Arnold, Americans Anthony Plog and Gwyneth Walker, and Uruguayan composer and trombonist Enrique Crespo. 

When & where:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7pm

Slavonian Hall
2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma

Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome
Handicap parking and access from alley

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event

Northwest Inspirations for Tacoma Composers

Margaret Shelton
Tacoma Composers: world premiers of compositions by Tacoma composers Rob Hutchinson, Greg Youtz, Deborah Anderson and Kareem Kandi. In creating this program, I asked our composers to write a piece inspired by something or someone of special interest here in the Northwest.

As part of the Metal-Urge aspect of the Tacoma Arts Month, we'll hear an improvised work by Miho Takekawa on vibraphones (a metallophone, made of metal bars).

Many familiar faces will be on stage Tuesday! Besides returning composers Rob, Greg and Deborah, several performers from past Classical Tuesdays concerts have been invited by the composers to perform their works:  we welcome back mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula (2013 Wine & Song), cellist Stuart Hake (The Manette Trio, November 2011), harpist Margaret Shelton (October 2013), and Miho Takekawa (January 2010, February 2011,September 2014).
New to the series is composer/saxophonist Kareem Kandi and his Trio and also mezzo-soprano Erin Calata.

Join us October 14 for a fun evening and a chance to meet and greet some of Tacoma's finest music-makers!

Thank you to our MANY SUPPORTERS:  
A big Thank You especially to Slavonian-American Benevolent Society for the use of their beautiful, historic hall.
Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded us financial support each of these 10 years.
The John Connelly Law Offices contribute financially and in the use of their lovely space for our Wine & Song each December.
Kathy Manke of The Spar is a strong supporter, financially and in-kind.
Dr. Nicole Ancich, dentist in Old Town, has covered the costs of printing posters, flyers, and programs for this entire season.
North End neighbor Nicola Tollefson is a loyal contributor to our series.
Nancy Muse of Bayview Optical supports us financially and in-kind.
Cathy Russell of Hawthorn Tea Room donates lovely teas and cookies each month.
Brad Carpenter of Treos donates delicious coffee each month.
Sonie Hansen of Ginkgo Wine Tasting Room donates the excellent wines for Wine & Song in December.
Pauline Zeitler, Manager of Old Town Columbia Bank branch, keeps our books in order. 
Many concert attendees help with the setting up and break down of chairs and tables each concert, under the direction of Kathleen Butler and Dave Kresch.
Refreshments are beautifully handled by volunteers, led by Barb Bourscheidt and Alexis Macdonald.
All our greeters are volunteers, led by Karen Trueman, Karen Goettling and members of SAI Joanne Iverson, Karen Oleson, Sue Docken.

THANK YOU! One and all. We could not present a series of free concerts for our community without your sustenance and encouragement.

Summer weather reigned on Concert in the Park

On the lovely evening of September 9 we gathered on the lawn of Old Town Park for a Classical Tuesdays' Concert. The warm wood sounds of the marimba and Andean flutes, produced by The Miho & Diego Duo, wafted on the gentle summer breeze. Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy were joined by Lamont Atkinson and Frank Anderson on drums.  Frank delighted us with his dancing to the (mostly) Latin beat.

Miho on the Marimba
Miho & Diego with Lamont and Frank

Dancing Frank

The concert was nicely featured in  the TNT and also in the Weekly Volcano

Thank you! Miho & Diego Duo and Friends Lamont and Frank for a lovely evening in Old Town Park.

Kick-Off for 2014-15 Season is September 9

Concert in Old Town Park
bring blankets or chairs, pick up picnic foods at local eateries

The 10th Season of Classical Tuesdays in Old Town starts  
Tuesday September 9 at 5:30pm in Old Town Park

Miho & Diego Duo and Friends return by popular demand !

Miho & Diego Duo

Join us for an exciting performance of the Sounds of Japan and Latin AmericaMiho Takekawa on the marimba and Diego Coy playing the quena, a traditional Andean flute.  Miho and Diego combine their distinctive warm, natural wood sounds and take the listener on a musical journey from Japan to South America. Playing a brand of music that is truly their own, the Duo’s repertoire covers an amazingly wide range of styles with an innovative approach.  They have produced 4 CDs  featuring music of the Andes, traditional South American folk, Brazilian, Japanese, jazz and Latin jazz music, and original compositions.  

Dr Miho Takekawa, originally from Tokyo, Japan, is percussion lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University as well as Japan Tour Coordinator and Activities Liaison for the University of Washington.

Diego Coy is from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, where he was Director of “Fundacion Viva La Musica” and “Fundacion Funmusica” in Cali.  Since arriving in Seattle in 2003, Diego has performed at many regional festivals and received a recording grant from the King County 4CultureSpecial Project and the “Quinbaya Award” from Centro Cultural Hispano Americano Organization in Washington.

1st concert of the season
Miho & Diego Duo 

When & where:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:30pm

Old Town Park
Free and Family Friendly!
Bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn
purchase picnic foods from neighborhood eateries

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town announces our 2014-15 Season

For our 10th season, Classical Tuesdays features an amazing array of musical events.

Check out the offerings, mark your calendars, watch for updates on this blog .

1st concert of the season 
Miho & Diego Duo 

When & where:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:30pm

Old Town Park

Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome
Bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn
purchase picnic foods from neighborhood eateries

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event

Thank you all for the best season yet!

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town 
and Old Town Business & Professional Association 
gratefully thank our generous supporters:

Spotlight on our Loyal and Generous Donors!
Slavonian-American Benevolent Society and Slavonian Hall manager John Petrinovich
Tacoma Arts Commission
John Connelly Law Offices, Jack and Angela Connelly
The Spar, proprietor Kathleen Manke
Nicola Tollefson, North End friend and supporter
SAI Music Fraternity, Tacoma Alumnae Chapter
Nancy Muse, proprietor of Bayview Optical

Bravo for In-Kind Support!
Ginkgo Winery Tasting Room, manager Sonie Hansen
South Sound Magazine, editor Josh Dunn
Hawthorn Tea Room, proprietor Cathy Russell
Treos, proprietor Brad Carpenter
Old Town Starbucks, manager Kara

Standing Ovation for our Stellar Volunteers!
Jim Robbins and Dayton Knipher, photographers extraordinaire
Chris and Rob Reynolds, cookies, table setting and green boughs for the Wine & Song Benefit
Alexis McDonald, Barb Bourscheidt, Brenda and SAI sisters for managing the refreshments
Kathleen Butler, Dave Kresch and John Trueman for helping set up and break down.
Karen Trueman, Karen Oleson and Karen Goettling for greeting our guests

Thank you! all the fantastic musicians who have shared their talents and beautiful music.

Applause and a special THANK YOU to our wonderful audience.
Your support is an important aspect of the concerts. We share that give and take between audience and performers (the 12th man phenomenon!). The energy from the stage is reflected right back from you folks to the musicians. You’re the best.

Classical Tuesdays welcomes the Stadium High School Orchestra February 11

Slavonian Hall
On Tuesday February 11, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is happy to feature the award-winning Stadium High School Orchestra. This ensemble of outstanding young musicians is under the direction of Matthew Underwood. The program for the evening will reflect the group's passion for the music and their enjoyment in performing. The vibrancy and energy is sure to fill the hall!

When & where:
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7pm

Slavonian Hall
2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma

Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome
Handicap parking and access from alley

More information:
(253) 752-2135
Facebook event