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UPS piano trio play Harvard and Yale composers at Second City Chamber Series, Annie Wright School

The Puget Sound Piano Trio. Courtesy photo.

Classical music makes you smarter – and if you don’t believe that, come to the Second City Chamber Music concert this Friday night and listen for yourself. On the program are works by Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Fine and Horatio Parker, all affiliated with either Harvard or Yale universities, and all fine American composers. Playing their music will be the Puget Sound Piano Trio, a product of our own little ivied institution here in Tacoma.

Bernstein, who only died in 1990, is probably the best known of the four: a Harvard graduate, world-famous conductor and composer of some of opera and Broadway’s best-loved music, including “West Side Story.” Read more »


Strings play in harmony for classically-themed Second City Chamber Series concert in Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood

Last Thursday’s concert at Lakewold Gardens for the Second City Chamber Series was everything the classical era aspired to be: elegant, serene, harmonious and just a touch witty, thanks to a quartet of local string players.

Violinist Blayne Barnes (recently returned to Seattle from Minnesota) and Tacoma native/Minnesota cellist Diane Tremaine Kogle joined Tacomans Janis Upshall on violin and Mary Manning on viola to play music of Esterháza, the Austro-Hungarian court where Franz Joseph Haydn produced the bulk of his compositions. Like the Monticello-themed concert last month, the idea of pairing a beautiful classical music location with Lakewold’s

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