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

Tacoma Youth Symphony select small ensembles Jan 11, 2022, at 7:00pm in Slavonian Hall

Welcome the new year by celebrating our youth. 
A year full of aspirations, action, and achievements!

Select members of the 8 orchestras comprising the Tacoma Youth Symphony Assoc. - ages 6 to 21 - have been invited to perform in small chamber ensembles and they are coming to Slavonian Hall in Old Town Tacoma to perform for our community!
We will hear groups of string players, woodwind and brass. 

As usual during the Covid-19 pandemic, you will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the hall and to wear a mask at all times when in doors. Pre-register to secure one of the 50 allotted chairs!

The event will be posted on our social media sites at a later time:

When: January 11, 2022; 7:00pm
Where: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Tacoma WA 98403
Cost: Free

December 14 : Annual Wine & Song Benefit: Accordion and Seasonal Sing-Along!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

at Old St Peter’s Church,
2910 N Starr Street in Old Town Tacoma

Lyle Schaefer on Accordion!  Our Voices in Song!

Lyle Schaefer, accordion
Between 6:15 and 7:00pm, join us at the fire pit outside Old St Peter’s Church for a mug of hot apple cider to greet each other before entering the church for our music-making.

At 7:00pm, join us for music and singing at Old St Peter’s Church in Old Town Tacoma, 2910 N. Starr St., Tacoma, Wash.

$25 ticket includes gift coupon packet

Sold at: Old Town Wine Skins2208 N 30th St, Tacoma (253-267-5325)

or at door (only 50 seats available!)

Please come prepared:

Welcome back! Come prepared to show proof of vaccination (a photo on your phone will do the trick) and wearing a mask.

A maximum of 50 guests will be seated in the pews, spread out at appropriate distance so we are all comfortable and confident of our health safety.

Great write-up in The News Tribune/Great performance by Trio Guadalevin

On November 9, we were enthralled by Trio Guadalevin's colorful, heart-warming music - and insights into some historical origins of the music. Our thanks to Trio Guadalevin members Tony Gomez (on panderos, cajón, teponaztli, jarana and additional percussion)Abel Rocha (on voice, harp, jarana, guitar, quinta) and Gus Denhard (on baroque guitar, oud, jarana, theorbo and vihuela), and collaborator Ke Guo (voice, harp, and dizi).

A video of the October string quartet concert and a write-up of the Classical Tuesdays series ran in The News Tribune and the TNT's blog, and Q13 FOX played a video on their morning local news segment.

You might enjoy reading and listening to these items - you just may learn something about our series that you hadn't heard before!

Nov 9, 7:00pm Classical Tuesdays: A Musical Trip from Spain to Mexico

Next on our calendar! Classical Tuesdays is excited to feature Trio Guadalevin for our gathering on November 9, 7:00pm in Slavonian Hall, Old Town Tacoma. Because word is out that the series is live in Slav Hall, we recommend that you pre-register – by mailing  Again, we will ask for proof of vaccination and that you all wear a mask during the event. Arrive by 6:50 to claim your seat. 

Join Trío Guadalevín for a musical journey that will travel from Spain/the Mediterranean to Veracruz, La Huasteca and the Pacific coast of Mexico, with novel arrangements shaped from son huasteco, baroque melodies, son jarocho, Sephardic Jewish balladry, Zapotec songs and more. 

Tony, Abel, Gus

Many instruments and sonorities new to our experience will be heard! The trio features Abel Rocha (voice, harp, jarana, guitar, quinta) with Gus Denhard (baroque guitar, oud, jarana, theorbo and vihuela) and Antonio Gómez (panderos, cajón, teponaztli, jarana and additional percussion). 

This concert debuts a new collaboration with Ke Guo, (voice, harp, dizi) which harks back to the Manila-Acapulco trade route that connected China with Mexico, by way of the Philippines. A student of Spain's Paco Diez, Ms. Guo will also perform a selection of Sephardic Jewish music.

Ke Guo, voice, harp, dizi

Next in our series: December 14, 2021
For our annual Wine & Song Benefit we will gather at Old St Peter's Church in Old Town Tacoma. Lyle Schaefer will delight us on his accordion and then we'll enjoy a community sing! More details later!!

Video of the October 12 String Quartets in Slavonian Hall, Old Town

Thanks to our fabulous string players and socially distanced audience! It was wonderful to bring Puget Sound musicians to a live audience again.

In 2021-22, Classical Tuesdays is delighted to host a hybrid season of live concerts and video. Below is the video of this performance on YouTube.  The video is also on Facebook.

Performed by
Maria Sampen and Svend Ronning, violin
Timothy Christie, viola
and Alistair MacRae, cello

Boulogne, Joseph, Chevalier de Saint-Georges ………. Quartet No. 5 in G major
I. Allegro Assai
II. Gratioso

Haydn, Joseph……. Quartet Op. 74, No. 3; “Apponyi, The Horseman (‘Rider’)”
I. Allegro
II. Largo assai
III. Minuet. Allegretto
IV. Finale. Allegro con brio

Prokofiev, Sergey…………………Quartet No. 2, Op. 92 (1941)
I. Allegro sostenuto
II. Adagio—Poco piu animato—Poco meno—Tempo I
III. Allegro—Pochissimo meno—Tempo I—Andante molto—Quasi Allegro I, ma un poco piu tranquillo

Program for October's String Quartets

October 12, 2021 in Slavonian Hall, Old Town Tacoma

String Quartets


Performed by

Maria Sampen and Svend Ronning, violin

 Timothy Christie, viola and Alistair MacRae, cello




Boulogne, Joseph, Chevalier de Saint-Georges ………. Quartet No. 5 in G major

I.                 Allegro Assai

II.               Gratioso 

Haydn, Joseph……. Quartet Op. 74, No. 3; “Apponyi, The Horseman (‘Rider’)”

  • I.       Allegro
  • II.     Largo assai
  • III        Minuet. Allegretto
  • IV            Finale. Allegro con brio


Prokofiev, Sergey…………………Quartet No. 2, Op. 92 (1941)

  1. I.                 Allegro sostenuto
  2. II.               Adagio—Poco piu animato—Poco meno—Tempo I
  3. III.              Allegro—Pochissimo meno—Tempo I—Andante molto—Quasi Allegro I, ma un poco piu tranquillo



This evening’s performers:

Timothy Christie, Violinist and violist, enjoys a multifaceted career as performer, teacher, public speaker and recording artist. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF). He is on the faculty of the Community Music Department at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and is a member of IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN and Brave New Works. Christie regularly collaborates with Third Coast Percussion, Spektral Quartet, PRISM Quartet, PROJECT Trio, Sybarite5, Turtle Island Quartet, the Harlem Quartet, The Westerlies. He can be heard on recordings of William Bolcom’s Piano Quintet and William Albright’s Clarinet Quintet on AMP Records.

Christie earned dual undergraduate degrees in Music and English Literature at the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree, also from U of M.

Cellist Alistair MacRae is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at University of Puget Sound School of Music and the cellist of the Puget Sound Piano Trio. He has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. He is Principal Cello of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and also performs with his wife, soprano Allison Pohl, in the voice and cello duo Soprello. In addition, he is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. Alistair’s playing has been praised for its "rich sound and lyrical phrasing" (Palm Beach Daily News) and his performances have been featured in radio broadcasts across the United States on WQXR, WWFM, WDAV, WCQS, KING FM, and Vermont Public Radio. 

Svend Rønning, violinist, is Chair of the String Division at Pacific Lutheran University and Professor of Music. Dr. Rønning a native of the Pacific Northwest, holds a degree in violin performance from PLU,  and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. He is Concertmaster of Symphony Tacoma, and performs frequently as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist.  Dr. Rønning is Artistic Director of the Second City Chamber Series. He has appeared at Aspen, Eastern, Harkness, Jerusalem, Methow, Pacific, Rhode Island, Spoleto and Wintergreen Music festivals and served as Concertmaster of the Charlottesville Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Spoleto U.S.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the Tacoma Opera Orchestra.  As soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Charlottesville Symphony, the Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, and Symphony Tacoma. 

Maria Sampen, violinist, performs both standard repertoire and new experimental works, including concertos, concerts and masterclasses, in Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. Dr. Sampen has commissioned and premiered recent concertos and chamber works by composers David Glenn, Marilyn Shrude, Robert Hutchinson, and by Marcos Balter, Andrew Mead, Robert Morris, Nico Muhly and Forrest Pierce. She performed solo recitals and masterclasses at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China and recently performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and the premiere of David Glenn’s “Romantic Rhapsody on Themes of Mozart” with the Walla Walla Symphony, performances with the Turtle Island Quartet in Seattle and as a featured chamber musician at the Icicle Creek Summer Chamber Music Institute and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. She has been featured as a soloist on KING FM and other public radio stations across the country and has released recordings on AMP Records, Block M Records and Perspectives in New Music/Open Space. In addition to her work as a soloist, Sampen concertizes frequently with her new music group, Brave New Works, as well as the IRIS Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Puget Sound Piano Trio.



Classical Tuesdays’ next event: November 9 at 7:00pm in Slavonian Hall and virtual

Trio Guadalevin with guest artist Guo Ke for a musical journey from Spain to Mexico!