Classical triple header playing in Tacoma this week

Saxophonist Erik Steighner will join the Camas Woodwind Quintet Feb. 13 at the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town concert at Slavonian Hall. Photo courtesy of Classical Tuesdays

Three great classical musical performances are coming up this week:

Jacobsen Series

The Puget Sound Piano Trio performs Friday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Schneebeck Concert Hall, near Union Avenue and North 14th Street on the University of Puget Sound campus. For its 2018 opening concert, Puget Sound Piano Trio is treating audiences to a novel program: two award-winning young composers from China and Texas juxtaposed with two luminaries of the Classical and Romantic eras. Trio members Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; and Tanya Stambuk, piano, will perform works by contemporary composers Tianyi Wang and Jason Haney, and by Austria’s classical giant Joseph Haydn and the “father of Czech music,” Bedrich Smetana.

Wang, born in China, has had his works performed internationally. His repertoire spans solo, chamber, choral, orchestral and electronic as well as film scoring. Following music instruction at Moscow Conservatory, William Jewell College and Bard College, he is currently continuing his studies at New England Conservatory in Boston.

Haney, born in Dallas, has had works performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and other venues in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, South America and Hong Kong. He currently is on the faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University in Virginia.

Haydn and Smetana remain towering figures in the music world. Haydn, a teacher of Beethoven, is credited with playing a key role in the development of chamber music. His “Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major” has been praised for its wide expressive range and virtuosity. Smetana’s music is often identified with the revolutionary protests that sought to give the Czech lands independence from Austro-Hungary. He wrote only the one piano trio, which has been described as a piece of unbridled passion and a milestone of romanticism.

This concert is part of UPS’s Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, and has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars.

Tickets are available online at, or at Wheelock Information Center, (253) 879-3100. Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Salish Sea Early Musical

The Salish Sea Early Musical festival continues its series of concerts on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church (3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma). These are performances pre-1800s chamber music played on period instruments. The Feb. 11 edition is called “Flute Trios” and features three masters of the baroque flute: Janet See, Mindy Rosenfeld and Jeffrey Cohan, the man who coordinates the annual regional festival. They will be accompanied by Jonathan Oddie on harpsichord.

This Baroque Flute Extravaganza will include trios for three flutes and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, James Hook, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and others.

St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, which provides the ideal setting and acoustics for this early chamber music, is an exact replica of an English country church that was built in 1883 and later moved stone by stone to its present site on North Gove Street.

Suggested donation is $15, $20 or $25. 18 and under free. For more visit

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town

Join Classical Tuesdays in Old Town at Slavonian Hall for the closing concert of their 13th season on Feb.13.

The Camas Woodwind Quintet and saxophonist Erik Steighner are members of the music faculty at Pacific Lutheran University. Classical Tuesdays is happy to welcome Steighner and clarinetist Craig Rine for return performances.

The program includes Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” Darius Milhaud’s “Chimney of King Rene” (a charming, Renaissance-inspired work), an arrangement of Bela Bartok’s “Roumanian Dances,” the “Sextet” by Pierre-Max Dubois (with Steighner on sax), and a trio by Georges Auric.

Shows are performed at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma. The show is free with donations appreciated. All ages welcome.

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