Classical Tuesdays 2020-21 season available on


 Elizabeth CD Brown performs

Music for healing and comfort

Elizabeth CD Brown, lutenist, guitarist

Performing on lute, baroque guitar, original 19th century guitar and modern classical guitar, PLU Guitar and Lute faculty member Elizabeth CD Brown brings us a program based around the themes of healing and comfort, in response to the pain and stress we have experienced in the last year.  Featuring music by Thomas Flippin, including a brief introduction by Thomas himself, as well as music by John Dowland, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Fernando Sor, Justin Holland, and Ida Presti. 

Eliazbeth's Bio:

A specialist in standard classical guitar as well as various early guitars and lutes, Elizabeth C. D. Brown is a very active performer in the United States. Highlights from recent seasons include being a featured soloist at the Northwest Guitar Festival, performing concertos by Vivaldi and Sierra and premiering a new work for guitar and orchestra with the Seattle Symphony. She has performed in operas by Purcell, Blow, Paisiello, Rossini and Verdi, as well as all of Monteverdi's surviving operatic works. Elizabeth's first solo recording, La Folia de EspaƱa: Dances for Guitar, features works for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitars, and has been praised for its "...apparently effortless ease." (Lute News, UK) She is also featured in the recording Dolce Desio as a member of the early music trio Le Nuove Musiche, and in the recording Navidad: Christmas in the New World with Seattle Pro Musica. Her second solo recording, In Her Honor, includes music from the Princess [Queen] Anne Guitarbook and the Elisabeth of Hesse Lutebook, as well as her own arrangements of works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. An enthusiastic advocate for the guitar and lute, Elizabeth has given numerous outreach performances at schools, senior centers, and community centers for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and the Early Music Seattle, as well as by arrangement while on tour. She is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University, and has taught at Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Pacific University.  See her on YouTube at or for more information visit:

 Available May 18, 2021, onward:



Premiere: Songs for the Spring of Waiting will be available for our listening March 16

 Available from March 16 onward,  we welcome the premiere of songs reflecting our reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic, Watch for the posting at

Join Tacoma Poet laureate emerita Josie Emmons Turner and composer Gregory Youtz as they discuss and then premiere “Songs for the Spring of Waiting.”  Josie’s response to the pandemic shutdown a year ago was an explosion of poems that ranged from gardening to students to thinking about the poet Walt Whitman and his response to crisis. Greg’s response to the poems was to set them to music as documents of this unique time.  Soprano CyndiaSieden, mezzo-soprano Soon Cho and pianist Oksana Ezhokina will premiere the five songs in a way that is also a document of these times- socially distanced and online!

Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Oksana Ezhokina, piano

Soon Cho, mezzo soprano

Gregory Youtz, composer

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma: a conversation between poet and composer

Our next Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma event, a conversation between 2 artists, is available from February 8 onward at

Listen in as Greg Youtz, composer and professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University, and Zhang Er, poet, librettist, and professor at The Evergreen State College, discuss their collaboration on creating an opera - or two!

Together they produced, in 2016, an opera  titled "Fiery Jade" that tells of the lives of women across time and around the world, struggling in times of upheaval. And now, in 2020-21, they have again collaborated to produce a second opera titled "Tacoma Method" which portrays the 1855 expulsion of Chinese laborers, businessmen and families from Tacoma, Washington, led by the mayor. Perhaps our artists will discuss the recurrence of similar issues and events throughout history, especially as observed again in recent times.  

Zhang Er, poet, librettist

Greg has stated: I feel my composing is … in service to social/cultural ideas that I think need to be discussed. Although I respect the view that art can be a safe, attractive antidote to the troubles of the world, I am usually more interested in art as a medium for discussion of great ideas, whether they be humorous, deadly serious, or simply wonderfully interesting.

Greg Youtz, composer

January 2021 video-concert: Pianist Joseph Williams and Friends

For our January 2021 performance, Classical Tuesdays is delighted to present Tacoma pianist Joe Williams in a meditation of music, dance and poetry.

Joe is assisted by dancer Celeste Reed; filming took place at Lakewold Gardens with Serena Berry behind the camera.

Learn more about Joe, Celeste, and Serena here.

Joe's program includes music by 15 living composers! Below are links to help you explore the composers:

#collaborativepiano #classicalpiano #womancomposers #composersofcolor

The video above may be found at: and

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma welcomes Pianist Joseph Williams Jan 2021

On January 19, 2021, Tacoma pianist Joseph Williams offers "a guided music-meditation".

Joe Williams, pianist
The video will be available from January 19th onward at and

Joe is assisted by dancer Celeste Reed; filming will take place at Lakewold Gardens with Serena Berry behind the camera.

Joseph Williams is a celebrator, artistic director, producer, teacher, advocate, pianist and coach. With the support of Lakewold Gardens, Williams founded Music from Home in 2019. The mission of this concert series is to celebrate the live musical expression of womxn and people of color. As artistic director, he is intent on supporting the work of numerous living composers, under-resourced performing artists, and arts institutions authentically committed to anti-racism, equity and belonging. Last summer, Music from Home proudly sponsored mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges’ appearance at a fundraising event for Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. T.U.P.A.C.’s goal is to provide our most deserving racially and socioeconomically diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts. He recently provided musical performances for a fundraising event on behalf of the International Florence Price Festival.

In 2018 he founded Tukwila Kids Make Music, a free after-school music instruction program situated in the most diverse zip code in the country. Williams regularly judges regional Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Contests and is looking forward to judging this year’s Houston Forum Jazz Competition. He has presented piano masterclasses at Seattle University, Jackson State University and Canadian University Dubai. He has presented guest lectures at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Lorain County Community College and University of California, Irvine. In addition to being a coach and pianist for Portland Opera’s Resident Artist Program, he also assists with curation and teaches a course focusing entirely on operas and art songs written by Black composers.

Joe has performed at venues across the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and abroad in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He has performed on numerous series highlighting composers of African descent: Celebrating Art/ists of the African Diaspora curated by Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney, 253 SOULfood sessions curated by Kellie Richardson, Sundae Sermon: A Celebration of Black Folks curated by Chevon Powell, Renaissance & Remembrance: A Musical Celebration of Black History curated by Stephanie Ann Ball, Opera... From a Sistah's Point of View curated by Angela Brown, and Let the Strings Speak Love curated by Mona Terry & Lesa Terry. In 2017, he was invited to perform at Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY. This beautiful organization connects and supports professional classical musicians of African descent and enlightens and inspires communities through the power of performance. He is a member of the International Society for Black Musicians.

In 2020, Williams was honored to produce a docu-concert featuring pianist and scholar Dr. William Chapman Nyaho. This film explores Nyaho’s most recent album “Kete” as well as his monumental 5 volume anthology “Piano Music from Africa and the African Diaspora.” Featured contributors include Music Teachers National Association President Martha Hilley and distinguished scholar Dr. Kofi Agawu, among others. He then served as creative director for “A Long Way from Home,” a docu-concert examining the subject of African-American spirituals in an art song context. He appears in “Still Dreaming: Frances Walker at 93,” a documentary which chronicles the life of his beloved late mentor, legendary pianist Frances Walker-Slocum. He is a juror for the 2021 Seattle Black Film Festival.

SERENA BERRY is an award winning independent filmmaker and producer from Tacoma, Washington. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington-Tacoma. Serena has been working in independent cinema Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade. Her debut short film Shards was shown at HollyShorts Film Festival and won Best Narrative Short at the Synimatica Short Film Festival. Before penning Shards she worked as a freelance producer for PBS affiliate KCTS9 as well as multiple projects for Puget Sound non-profits organizations such as the Museum of Glass, America’s Car Museum and the Hilltop Artist Program . Her goal has always been to create stories that often don’t get told about real people.

CELESTE REED is an artist native to Tacoma, Washington. She is a dancer, performer, and teacher. Her earliest years of formal dance are influenced by the YMCA and Tacoma School of the Arts. In 2018, Reed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Reed is passionate about the moving body--its functionality and beauty--and its political position in society. She is also deeply interested in the healing powers of movement. This year you might find her teaching dance to Tacoma youth and making work with her fellow creatives. You might also find her dancing in her yard or at a park or on a sidewalk, just because it feels good to move. You'll never find her eating an orange.

A video recording of Joe's Classical Tuesdays performance will be available January 19, 2021 onwards. at: and

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma celebrated Love & Light Dec 2020

In December Classical Tuesdays celebrated Diwali, India's Festival of Lights! With songs and instrumental music by Srivani Jade and friends, performing live from the Puget Sound region and India!

This was our annual benefit evening in support of the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma series of free musical events. Our theme this year was the celebration of love and light, featuring performances by:
  • Satyajit Limaye on bamboo flute
  • Ashim Bhaumik on Baul vocals
  • Rahul Deshpande (Harmonium)
  • Manoj Biswas (Tabla drums)
  • Srivani Jade (Classical Vocals).
We warmly thank Connelly Law Offices for their continued support, and Old Town Wine Skins for hosting our pre-concert distribution of treats and savories. As always, we thank Tacoma Creates, Ted Brown Music Co., Slavonian Hall and many generous neighbors and friends for their support of the arts community and their continued financial and volunteer support of the Classical Tuesdays series.

The video above may be found at:

Diwali Festival of Lights on Zoom, December 8

Festival of Lights to be celebrated at Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma

December 8 from 4 to 6pm: come by Old Town Wineskins for your packet of munchies

December 8 at 7:00pm: join us on Zoom - the link will be given to you when you purchase your ticket(s):

Asatoma Sadgamaya. From ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light, and indeed from death to immortality - we celebrate peaceful transitions this year! Srivani Jade and friends bring you music from India to celebrate love and light this season. Featuring solo performances from Satyajit Limaye on the Bansuri (Bamboo flute), Ashim Bhaumik (Baul Vocals), Rahul Deshpande (Harmonium), Manoj Biswas (Tabla drums), and Srivani Jade (Classical Vocals).