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Tag: Greg Youtz


Youtz percussion premiere a huge success

I wasn’t able to stay for the whole of Sunday afternoon’s concert by the Tacoma Symphony (Schubert’s Ninth Symphony) but I’m very glad I was there for the first half – and 800 other people in the Rialto agreed with me. Standing and whistling for the orchestra, soloists Amy Putnam and Matthew Drum and, above all, composer Greg Youtz, the full house showed the TSO just what a stunning piece they’d just premiered – Youtz’ Duo Concerto for Percussion.

Commissioned by the TSO, Youtz’ concerto was inspired not just by world music styles of percussion but by the orchestra’s

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Becky Frehse takes inspiration from music at Gallery 110

It sometimes helps an artist to be married to a musician. For Becky Frehse, known around Tacoma for her painting and mixed media work, that musician is husband Greg Youtz, composer, professor of musicology at Pacific Lutheran University and erstwhile bassoon player. Married to Youtz 23 years, Frehse has recently completed a body of paintings and collages translating Youtz’ sounds into visual elements – and the work’s up now in a solo show at Seattle’s Gallery 110.

Youtz is also known around town and further afield. He’s had work premiered by the Tacoma Concert Band, the Tacoma Youth Symphony and,

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Tacoma composers on the program for Classical Tuesdays in Old Town


Tacoma rocks, right? You buy local, eat local, support local businesses to make our town even better. So this Tuesday, you can hear local composers played by local musicians in a classical music series that’s one of Tacoma’s hidden gems: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town.


Completely free, this monthly series often features unusual instruments or music, and this coming Tuesday is no exception. Music from five Tacoma composers will be on the program, played by a clarinet-heavy selection of instruments. Solo clarinettist Cindy Renander plays Greg Youtz‘s “Lone Wolf,” while Lawrence Bradley plays a clarinet solo

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