2023 Wine & Song returns to Connelly Law Offices Dec 13, 7pm: Songs of Brazil

 Wine & Song Benefit for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is happily returning to the Connelly Law Offices lovely space this Dec 13, at 7:00pm. This is always a festive evening with music, wine and finger foods, and community. All are welcome!

This year's Wine & Song features Adriana Giordano singing Songs of Brazil with the amazing Eric Verlinde at the piano (together they are in a band called EntreMundos Quarteto). 

Adrianna Giordano

Their effervescent and passionate music will be followed by a reception of wines - Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room will pour some of their east-of-the-mountain wines! - and a generous table of savory finger-foods contributed by Met Market and others, and delightful holiday cookies baked for us by North End neighbor Chris Reynolds.

Tickets are $30, all ages welcome. Tickets are selling on Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/ClassTue

or contact prryker@gmail.com

What: Wine & Song Benefit: Songs of Brazil

When: Tuesday Dec 13 at 7:00pm

Where: Connelly Law Offices 2301 N 30th St., Tacoma

$30 tickets available at https://tinyurl.com/ClassTue or prryker@gmail.com

Some tickets may be available at the door

November 8 Classical Tuesdays Celebrates Puget Sound Composers! 7:00pm at Slavonian Hall. Tickets for our Wine & Song Benefit are selling on EventBrite

From the onset of  Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, some 18 years ago, we have enjoyed celebrating our talented musicians here in the Northwest. Over these years we have enjoyed several events featuring composers from Tacoma and the region.

On November 8th, we will perform works of several musicians active as performers and composers in the Puget Sound region: Jerry Kracht, Elise Winkler, Sheila Bristow, Kathryn Smith Derksen, Melia Watras, and Rob Hutchinson. The compositions will feature flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, mezzo soprano, guitar, violin, and harp, all performed by Tacoma instrumentalists. 

Kathryn Smith Derksen
Jerry Kracht
Melia Watras
Rob Hutchinson

Sheila Bristow
WHEN: Tuesday Nov 8th, 7:00pm
WHERE: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St, Tacoma
FREE:  All ages welcome

Tickets for our festive Wine & Song Benefit on December 13 at Connelly Law Offices are selling now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-song-benefit-songs-of-brazil-tickets-433817849867?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

October 11 in Slavonian Hall: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma welcomes the Auburn Symphony String Quartet

String Quartets composed by women and People of  Color

Tuesday October 11 at 7:00 pm, in Slavonian Hall

Auburn Symphony String Quartet

The Auburn Quartet will perform three pieces for us: String Quartet  No. 1 in G minor by Emilie Mayer (a prolific German composer born in 1883), String Quartet No. 1 in C minor. Op. 51 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms (1883-1897) , and Lyric Quartet: Musical Portraits of Three Friends composed in 1960 by William Grant Still  (b.1895 in Mississippi, he is considered to have been part of the Harlem Renaissance). 

Emilie Choi, violin; Kimmy Harrenstein, violin; Joyce Ramee, viola; and Brian Wharton on cello.

WHAT: String Quartets composed by women and POC

WHEN: October 11 at 7:00pm 

WHERE: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St, Old Town Tacoma

FREE All ages are welcome, masks are encouraged when not seated

We are excited to be a part of Tacoma Arts Month!

Enjoy a video of our September TAIKO in Old Town Park at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poWDNELNp5Y&list=UUJQd9cK-rrkYZb5A_QVB1dg&index=1

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Saturday at 4:00 in Old Town Park in Tacoma. TAIKO Japanese Drums

This Saturday will be a lively, colorful celebration of Asian cultures in Old Town! 

Join us for CHIKIRI Taiko drumming in Old Town Park and then walk over to the Chinese Reconciliation Park to take in the Moon Festival. 

Pick up a copy of this week's Tacoma Weekly to see a terrific feature article

I also suggest some very interesting reading about Japanese history in Tacoma 

This past May, Tacoma Weekly wrote about Merilee Tanbara's video on the Japanese internment which was shown at the Grand Cinema as part of the "Our Communities Our Neighbors" video project at and announced her upcoming book on the internment. 

 Here is another fascinating intro to Tacoma's Japan Town history 

 Join Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma this Saturday at 4:00 for CHIKIRI And The School of TAIKO performing Japanese Taiko Drums.
  • TAIKO Japanese Drums Old Town Park on 30th Street in Tacoma 
  •  Saturday, September 10, 4:00 
  •  FREE, fun for all ages 
  •  Bring a chair or blanket to sit on; perhaps bring a picnic!

Japanese Taiko Drums in Old Town Park Saturday, September 10 at 4:00. Bring your chair or blanket and perhaps a picnic!

CHIKIRI & Team, The School of TAIKO, based in Seattle/Bellevue since 2009, performs fun, exciting and beautiful Japanese Taiko Drumming programs. The group was founded by professional Taiko performers Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi. Ringtaro has a unique 10-year history as a former member of the world-famous taiko group "Ondekoza", performing for "US Running Tours" for three years. He then moved to the United States to perform at Walt Disney World / Epcot and elsewhere around the US, for seven years. His partner, Asako, also performed at Epcot as a Disney international artist. 

CHIKIRI Taiko Drums      photo by Tero Patana

The School of TAIKO provides Taiko classes for all ages and levels, and for those who dream of becoming a professional Taiko performer. (Their youth program "Taiko Summer Camp" is very popular.) 

CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO  photo by Patana

CHIKIRI and The School of TAIKO can be seen throughout the PNW at community and corporate events, at school events and private special occasions, They've performed at Seattle Symphony's Celebrate Asia, Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan Fair, Japan Week, and at sports game halftime shows - for Seattle Storm, OL Reign, and Seattle Sea Wolves.

Since 2014, CHIKIRI have produced the "Bellevue World TAIKO Festival" with special guest performers from Japan and elsewhere to introduce high quality Japanese performing arts and to celebrate their special music to the community.

WHERE: Old Town Park in Tacoma

WHEN: Saturday September 10 at 4:00pm

WHAT: Japanese Drums

FREE! All are welcome! Bring your chair or blanket and perhaps a picnic! 

Arx Duo percussion ensemble April 12 Live in Slavonian Hall

 At long last! Classical Tuesdays and Arx Duo have been trying for a couple of years to find a date when we might schedule a performance in Slavonian Hall. And that time has come!

April 12, at 7:00pm

Arx Duo: Mari Yoshinaga & Garrett Arney

Performing a program of music that is all new, featuring works on their debut album, recorded through Jack Straw Artists in Seattle.  One featured work is by Robert Honstein, titled “Evergreen”, which is appropriate in Washington state - the evergreen state" - and another work programmed for this evening is from Seattle based composer and native, Angelique Poteat.

Arx Duo recently enjoyed a day of filming in the woods! Check it out: arx music on Instagram: “Though it was pretty cold….we had a great time filming last week with @fourtenmedia media and Robert Honstein. “Evergreen” filmed outdoors!…”

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 7:00pm

Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St, Old Town Tacoma

FREE and all are welcome!

Special Event: Saturday March 19th Ross Salvosa performs Filipino Piano Music

 A bonus event! - presented by Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma and SAI Music Fraternity Tacoma Alumnae Chapter: Ross Salvosa, Filipino-Canadian pianist now based in Seattle, in a recital to include works by beloved Filipino composers Lucio San Pedro, Ramon Tapales, and Antonio Molina, as well as works by Chopin and Stravinsky.

  • Saturday March 19th at 10:00am.
  • Please make a reservation with Classical Tuesdays or call 253-752-2135 as seating is limited to 15 for our Classical Tuesdays audience.
  • You’ll be given the address when you make your reservation.
  • This event is FREE.
  • Masks are now optional.

An internationally distinguished pianist-pedagogue, Salvosa is director of the Concordia Arts Group in Seattle and an artist-faculty at the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah. He is a senior advisor to the Vancouver Clef Music Society and has served as the artistic director of the Music Without Borders Society. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of British Columbia