Hear Gretchen Yanover's innovative classical sound January 8 in Slavonian Hall

Greet the New Year with Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma. Hear Seattle's Gretchen Yanover, classical/crossover/electric cellist, in a captivating performance of improvisations on cello and loop sampler!  Her music reflects her African American and Russian Jewish heritage, the European classical tradition she was trained in, and a contemporary approach that embraces technology to add layers of sound to her improvisations.

Gretchen Yanover
photo by David Speranza

Gretchen began playing at the age of ten in her public school music program. She was immersed in the world of classical music until her college years, when she expanded her range to include playing in bands. Once she was introduced to a loop sampler, Gretchen found a new voice for her instrument. She began to improvise and compose in this context, creating her own instrumental atmospheres and melodies. She has three solo albums.

In this 2017 News Tribune video, Gretchen shows how her use of technologies such as the loop sampler expands the meaning of classical music and adds layers of sound to her performance.

Where & When:
January 8, 2019  7:00pm
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th Street
Old Town Tacoma

All ages/easy access from alley

Fantastic silent auction baskets for Old Town Classical Tuesdays' Wine & Song Dec 11

December 11, 7:00pm, at Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N 30th St in Old Town Tacoma

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma invites you to our Wine & Song 2018, featuring Erin Guinup, soprano, followed by wine and finger foods. This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free events held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February.

Pacific NW Shop, Proctor

Come prepared to make bids on some fantastic silent auction baskets. Neighbors and businesses have contributed a terrific variety of gift certificates. Alfredo Russo is offering 2 passes for a cooking class at Europa Bistro, Jon Douglas Rake and Jeffrey Stvrtecky of Tacoma Musical Playhouse are offering 2 tickets to a theater performance, Bill Evans of the Pacific Northwest shop is putting together a generous basket of Northwest bounty, Harbor Lights has donated a dinner certificate for 2, Katie Downs is offering a pizza of your choice, and many other delightful gifts to be discovered in the baskets!

$25 Tickets at:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3657034   some tickets are available at Bayview Optical in Old Town  or contact Pam:  253-752-2135 or prryker@gmail.com
Harbor Lights, Old Town Tacoma

Wine & Song 2018 festive evening to benefit Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma invites all - and all ages - to our festive Wine & Song 2018! 

This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free events presented by the Old Town Business & Professional Association held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February.

soprano Erin Guinup
Erin Guinup, Founding Director of Tacoma's Refugee Choir, will perform "Ladies of Lyric and Song" including some jazz, operetta, and contemporary cabaret. She'll be accompanied by Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson on piano.

 Afterward, we'll enjoy a lovely spread of wines and finger foods.

A special feature this year: silent auction baskets will offer gift certificates for eateries in Old Town, theater performances and many more goodies. Check back for tantalizing details!

This convivial event is held at   
Connelly Law Offices on North 30th

Connelly Law Offices
2301 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

December 11 at 7:00pm.

$25 are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3657034

or call 253-752-2135
Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Watch highlights of this week's Classical Tuesday on You Tube

A 12 minute video of the Classical Tuesdays event is showing on WATV KBS, a Federal Way-based cable TV station in the Korean Broadcasting System with 7 million viewers in Washington State.  The video is also on the WATV KBS homepage (https://www.kbswa.com/) and YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/t3umRYJP60c).  You'll see a short intro outside Slavonian Hall and several parts of the Korean Wave-style arts fusion show, ranging from traditional Korean music and dance to a Korean fashion show.
Queen Jean Yang

Che Sehyun Hip Hop artist

Seattle Aphrodite fashion 

Korean Traditional & Contemporary Culture at Classical Tuesdays Nov 13, 7pm

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is excited to bring the Wave Korean Performing Arts ensemble to Slavonian Hall November 13. This amazing troupe performs contemporary as well as traditional music and dance - and fusion fashion!

The Wave Korean Performing Ensemble

The  increasing awareness in recent years of diverse aspects of South Korean culture - from fashion and film to pop music and cuisine as well as traditional Korean arts -  is often referred to as the Korean Wave. This growing popularity of all things Korean - Korean dramas and Korean pop music especially - has flourished via the internet and social media.

Korean Performing Arts will feature traditional music on the haegeum two-string Korean fiddle, the gayageum 12-string Korean harp, traditional standing drums, folk and court dances, and then shake it all up with a hip-hop multimedia "Kimchi"!
We'll also enjoy a fusion fashion show presented by Miyoung Margolis, designer at Seattle Aphrodite! 
Korean Performing Arts have planned quite an exciting, colorful evening for us!!

Bring your cell phones to send short videos out to the social media community
Several North End neighbors have stepped forward to help support this event: A Big Thank You! to   Nicola Tollefson, John & Karen Trueman, Stolz & Associates, PS, Janice Sakai

Join us November 13 at 7pm! Come for coffee and cookies before the music starts.
As usual, the performance at Slavonian Hall is Free and appropriate for all ages. Easier access is available from the alley to the hall on the second floor.

Haegeum instrument

Where & When:
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Tuesday November 13, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome  
Ramp access from the alley

Brass Quintet in Slavonian Hall October 9, 7pm

The Choppers brass quintet
Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is excited to bring a Brass Quintet to Slavonian Hall on October 9. The free concert starts at 7:00pm.

The Choppers brass quintet members are active throughout the NW region. The members are:

Shelly Devlin, trumpet
Denise Cline, trumpet
Stacey Eliason, French horn       
Barry Ehrlich, trombone
Jameson Bratcher, tuba

 Listen to their performance of El Gato Montes at the Washington State Capitol, Olympia WA.

 They'll  play works by the popular American composers Eric Ewazen and Leonard Bernstein, and others. Join us for coffee & cookies before the music starts!

Where & When:
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Tuesday October 9, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome 

This event is part of Tacoma Arts Month

Clan Gordon Pipers inspired dancing and singing

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town started up our 14th season on Saturday September 8 in Old Town Park. We provided the finale for Pioneer Days Festival at Job Carr Cabin Museum.
The Clan Gordon Pipers regaled us with dance tunes and with songs that touched the heart - a few people in the audience sang along at times! The pipers' tunes were often familiar and very moving. The drummers showed great wrist action with their mallets! and the two dancers were lovely and lively.

Clan Gordon Pipers

Clan Gordon drummers

Clan Gordon dancers

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town 2018-2019 Season Overview

Classical Tuesdays is delighted to kick off our 14th season of free concerts under the aegis of the Old Town Business & Professional Association!

Our series runs September-February, and we think you'll like the lineup:

Keep an eye out for our posters!
September 8, 2018 - 4pm in Old Town Park
Clan Gordon Pipers/Finale to Pioneer Days Festival

October 9, 2018 - 7pm at Slavonian Hall
The Choppers/Brass Quintet

November 13, 2018 - 7pm at Slavonian Hall
Korean Music Traditions/Instrumental & Dance

December 11, 2018 - 7pm at Connelly Law Offices
Wine & Song Benefit ($25)

January 8, 2019 - 7pm at Slavonian Hall
Gretchen Yanover/Electric Cello

February 12, 2019 - 7pm at Slavonian Hall
Strings Plus/Maria Sampen & Friends

Our three hosts in Old Town are:

Starting time is Tuesday, 7:00pm, except for the September outdoor concert.

Concerts are free/donations appreciated.

--Pamela Ryker, Artistic Director

Clan Gordon Pipers in Old Town Park September 8, 4pm

Clan Gordon Pipe Band will regale us with drums and Scottish pipes on Saturday September 8. We'll gather in Old Town Park at the end of Pioneer Day at Job Carr Cabin Museum. The pipers start up at 4pm.

The Clan Gordon Pipe Band was formed In 1955 when a group of Scottish immigrants and Americans pooled their experience, and, with the sponsorship of Clan Gordon, formed the Clan Gordon Pipe Band in Tacoma, Washington. The first Pipe Major was Johnnie Montgomery, father of longtime member, Jack Montgomery. Even though Clan Gordon is no longer their sponsor, they retain the original name. 
The Clan Gordon Pipers play the music of the highland bagpipe throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic makings, or purchase food and beverage from local eateries.

When & where:
Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:00pm

Old Town Park
2350 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma

Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome

More information:
(253) 752-2135

Camas Wind Quintet & Erik Steighner on Sax on February 13

Camas Woodwind Quintet

 Classical Tuesdays in Old Town looks forward to featuring the Camas Woodwind Quintet and saxophonist Erik Steighner on the closing concert of this, our 13th season, Tuesday February 13 in Slavonian Hall in Old Town Tacoma. All the performers teach on the music faculty at Pacific Lutheran University; clarinetist Craig Rine and saxophonist Erik Steighner have performed for Classical Tuesdays on previous concerts.

The program includes Barber's Summer Music, Milhaud's Chimney of King Rene (charming, Renaissance-inspired work), an arrangement of the Bartok's Roumanian Dances, the Sextet by Dubois (with Erik Steighner on sax), and a reed trio by Auric.
Erik Steighner
Where & When:
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Tuesday February 13, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome  
Ramp access from the alley