September 14: Clan Gordon celebrates Old Town Tacoma

To open our 2021-22 season, the Clan Gordon Pipe Band helped us celebrate the Old Town neighborhood and Old Town businesses that support the Classical Tuesdays series of musical events. The pipers played traditional folk tunes and dances for patrons gathered at Connelly Law Offices, Ginkgo Winery, The Spar, and Old Town Wine Skins - all businesses on North 30th Street.


Clan Gordon celebrates Old Town Tacoma:

Watch for announcements of upcoming events on October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, and February 8. Classical Tuesdays is thrilled to offer four live, in-person concerts in Slavonian Hall - and also online for those of you who prefer to watch these concerts from home.

Next in our series: The October 12 concert will showcase string players Maria Sampen, Timothy Christie, Svend Ronning, and Alistair MacRae.



Videos of Classical Tuesdays 2020-21 season on YouTube & Facebook

Many thanks to Tacoma Creates, Old Town Tacoma's Connelly Law Offices, Ted Brown Music, and many individual sponsors for sustaining Classical Tuesdays through the challenging 2020-21 season. And thanks to you, our audience, for your unwavering support! We were able to bring you a full season through Zoom, Youtube, and Facebook. In fact, because of the pandemic we have a lovely cache of videos for your further enjoyment!

Below are the 2020-21 season's videos, with links to fuller information on each event.

May 2021 - Elizabeth CD Brown performs

Music for healing and comfort

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. Recorded by Paul Brown. 

More on Elizabeth and her performance

March 2021 -  Songs for the Spring of Waiting
by Tacoma composer Greg Youtz and Tacoma Poet Laureate emerita Josie Emmons Turner

Tacoma Poet laureate emerita Josie Emmons Turner and composer Gregory Youtz discuss and then premiere “Songs for the Spring of Waiting.” Josie’s response to the pandemic shutdown of March 2020 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 premiere the five songs in a way that is also a document of these times- socially distanced and online!

More on the performers and the event

February 2021 - Greg Youtz and Zhang Er discuss their opera about the expulsion of Chinese-Americans from Tacoma in 1885

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 a 2016 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.

More on the performers and the event

January 2021 - Pianist Joe Williams leads
A Guided Music-Meditation

Pianist Joe Williams showcased Tacoma’s Black arts community in a meditation of music, dance and poetry intended to foster reflection during the hard times of the pandemic. Recorded at the Lakewold Gardens January 2021 by Joe, dancer Celeste Reed, and videographer/producer Serena Berry.

More on the performers and the event

December 2020 - Srivani Jade leads a Classical Tuesdays concert honoring Diwali, India's Festival of Lights

This was our annual benefit evening in support of Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma. Our theme this year was the celebration of love and light, featuring performances from the Puget Sound region and Hyderabad, India, by Satyajit Limaye on bamboo flute, Ashim Bhaumik on Baul vocals, Rahul Deshpande (Harmonium), Manoj Biswas (Tabla drums), and Srivani Jade (Classical Vocals).

More on the performers and the event

November 2020 - Violinist Maria Sampen Previews the Future of Classical Music

Maria Sampen, Professor of Violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, performs a concert of the classical music of our times, including music of women composers and composers of color. Accompanied by pianist Isabella Jie.

More on the performers and the event

October 2020 - Torch and Scott Kolbo present a Multimedia Event

This live multimedia Zoom event was not fully captured on video, but the trailer is on Vimeo:

Each season, Classical Tuesdays features a “new music” event by Northwest musicians.  This performance provided colorful sounds from Torch layered with story-telling and visuals in Scott Kolbo’s video “Passages: A Fable in Six Cycles”.

More on the performers and the event

September 2020 - Steel Pan Performance at Chinese Reconciliation Park

Classical Tuesdays hosted Steel Pan performing the music of Trinidad. Led by Miho Takekawa, the group performed several selections outdoors in Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park.

More on the performers and the event



May 18: Elizabeth CD Brown: Music for healing and comfort

 

 Elizabeth CD Brown performs

Music for healing and comfort

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. 

Elizabeth's Bio:

Elizabeth CD Brown, lutenist, guitarist

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 www.youtube.com/user/ElizabethCDBrown or for more information visit: www.elizabethcdbrown.com

 Available May 18, 2021, onward: www.youtube.com/classicaltuesdays



 

 

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 YouTube.com/classicaltuesdays

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








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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 https://www.YouTube.com/classicaltuesdays.

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:

https://www.youtube.com/user/classicaltuesdays and
https://www.facebook.com/classicaltues/

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 www.youtube.com/classicaltuesdays and www.facebook.com/classicaltues

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:

www.youtube.com/classicaltuesdays and
www.facebook.com/classicaltues/