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Category: Chamber music

March
11th

Broken consort music with the Salish Sea Early Music Festival at Trinity Lutheran, Tacoma

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival keeps going this week with “Broken Consort: Milan,  London and Paris,” an evening of Renaissance and baroque music for four instrumental parts performed in the generous acoustics of Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma.

A festival spread over many months and many Puget Sound locations from Bellingham to the San Juan islands, the Salish Sea is organized by acclaimed early music flute specialist Jeffrey Cohan, who for this concert will be playing the Renaissance transverse flute (just one of dozens of his period instruments). He’ll be joined by Courtney Kuroda on baroque violin, Steven Creswell on baroque viola and Kyobi Himani on harpsichord, playing music from – you guessed it – Milan, London and Paris, three vibrant music centers of the 16th and 17th centuries that encouraged very different styles. Read more »

Feb.
14th

Northwest Sinfonietta gives U.S. premiere of a newly-discovered strings-only accompaniment for Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Andreas Klein as soloist in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup

Pianist Andreas Klein will play solo with the Northwest Sinfonietta this weekend. Courtesy photo.
Pianist Andreas Klein will play solo with the Northwest Sinfonietta this weekend. Courtesy photo.

It’s not your usual Beethoven concerto, but then the Northwest Sinfonietta prides itself on doing new twists on standards. This weekend the Tacoma-based chamber orchestra gives the U.S. premiere of a strings-only version of the composer’s fourth piano concerto with German soloist Andreas Klein.

Found recently in Bonn, Germany and passed onto Klein, the reduced orchestral accompaniment by Beethoven editor Hans-Werner Küthen might be new to U.S. audiences but would have been second nature for 19th-century music lovers. In the era before music recordings, orchestras in every town and oodles of conservatory-trained musicians, if you wanted to hear a classic you sometimes had to play it yourself with whatever instruments were to hand. Piano reductions of Mozart operas, trio versions of symphonies – this was common stuff.

Arranging for different instruments also solves a very contemporary problem – money. For the Sinfonietta and everyone else, it’s much cheaper to play a Beethoven concert with around 20 string players than it is to pay seven extra woodwinds, four brass players and a timpanist as well. Read more »

Feb.
13th

The Whidbey-based Time Traveling Trio plays multi-century music at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church this Sunday

A Whidbey Island-based piano trio plays music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries in a free concert this Sunday at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church. Called the Time Traveling Trio, musicians Gloria Ferry-Brennan (violin), James Hinkley (cello) and Eileen Soskin (piano) will play music by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Piazzolla and Frank Bridge at 3 p.m. Feb. 17.

Ferry-Brennan, just 16, has already won awards like the Jack Kent Cook scholarship and Music Teachers National Association’s Junior String Competition. Michigan native Hinkley has played principal cello for the Glacier Symphony and Ohio Light Opera, written music for chamber, orchestra, choral and

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Oct.
17th

From Russia with strings: the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet plays Borodin and Schumann in Tacoma’s Urban Grace this Sunday

They play international concert halls, they champion old Russian works and they premiere new ones. They’re the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, hailed by German media for their “powerful romantic sound,” and they’re finishing up a West Coast tour with a concert in Tacoma’s Urban Grace Church this Sunday afternoon.

Fresh from a standing ovation from a near-full house in Benaroya Hall’s recital hall, the quartet will play the Borodin String Quartet no. 1 and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, as well as pieces from “Les Vendredis,” short works by Romantic Russian composers which were played on Friday nights

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Sep.
26th

Tacoma Early Music Project combines Canonici, Illumni and the Dorian Singers plus organist Mark Brombaugh for a free multimedia 16th-century concert

Tacoma’s early music scene is slowly but surely gaining traction, and some of it is thanks to vocal groups like Canonici. This weekend the a cappella vocal quartet collaborates with the Illumni Men’s Chorale and the University of Puget Sound’s Dorian Singers, as well as organist Mark Brombaugh, to present a multimedia concert of sacred 16th century music in the evocative acoustics of Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma.

The Tacoma Early Music Project: Savonarola and the North Wind centers on Girolamo Savonarola, the gaunt Italian priest famously burned at the stake in 1498 for making controversial prophecies against

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Sep.
19th

New organ to be dedicated at free concert at Fox Island United Church of Christ this Sunday

Fox Island United Church of Christ has a new Allen organ, and will be dedicating it at a free concert this Sunday afternoon. Performers include FIUCC organist Meredith Shanley and regional Allen representative Ryan Dye, with works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Franck, Guillemot and others.

On show will be the organ’s digital “stop list,” a collection of pipe sounds from well-known organs around Europe and the United States ranging from baroque to mid-1900s which have been loaded into the organ’s stop list library for electronic reproduction.

3 p.m. Sept. 23. Free. Fox Island United Church of

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Sep.
12th

A brassy lunch in downtown Tacoma this Friday, thanks to TSO’s brass quintet

I just found out about this little downtown lunch secret: At noon this Friday you can pick up a boxed lunch from one of several yummy theater district eateries and head to a free outdoor concert by the Tacoma Symphony Brass Quintet. It’s the last in a series of summer lunch concerts that will hopefully be repeated soon – a collaboration between the Broadway Center, downtown restaurants, The Roberson and arts groups like B2 Gallery on St. Helens Avenue, where the concert will happen.
Pick up a box lunch from AmeRAWcan Bistro, Broadway Quick Stop, Rain City Cafe, Commerce Teriyaki,

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May
29th

Mark Brombaugh plays the Brombaugh organ at Christ Episcopal Church Tacoma

Organist Mark Brombaugh will play the John Brombaugh organ at Christ Church this Friday. Courtesy photo.

A pair of brothers will be highlighted in an organ recital this Friday evening at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma: Mark Brombaugh, who’ll play the church’s renowned organ, and John Brombaugh, who built it.

Since its 1979 installation the Brombaugh organ at Christ Church is sought after by many musical groups for its superior vocal tone and baroque-inspired design. One of around 50 Brombaugh has built, it was inspired by North German and Dutch organs of the 16th-18th centuries, with a case of white oak and western cedar and pipe shades in yellow cedar, all hand-carved. The tone is enhanced by the hammered, high-lead-content pipes as well as the church’s resonant acoustics.

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