University of Puget Sound announces 2019-2020 Jacobsen Series

For “The Legacy of George Walker, ” Walker’s son and violinist Gregory Walker celebrates the music of George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music (shown here). Credit: University of Puget Sound

The annual Jacobsen Series features esteemed University of Puget Sound music faculty and guest performers. Established in 1984, this annual series celebrates faculty and guest talent in a variety of performances held at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. The series was named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound.

The series kicks off on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. with “Celebrate! ClaraSchumann@200,” honoring German musician and composer Clara Schumann (1819–96). This will be the Puget Sound Piano Trio’s first performance of its three concerts this season. The Puget Sound Piano Trio is the ensemble-in-residence at the School of Music featuring esteemed faculty performers Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; and Tanya Stambuk, piano. Program: Clara Schumann Piano Trio, Zhou Tian Piano Trio, Rebecca Clark Piano Trio.

The series continues:

  • Sunday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty recital featuring mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula and pianist Jeff Caldwell.
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. – Aspen Trio’s “From the Mountains to the Sea.” Special guest performance with David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, viola; and Michael Mermagen, cello; joined by Puget Sound faculty members Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, viola; Alistair MacRae, cello.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. – “Cabaret!” A retrospective of music born from the fin-de-siècle cabaret tradition, including selections from the classical and jazz canons, and culminating in Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark composition, Pierrot Lunaire.
  • Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. – “Contemporary Meditations,” a reflective program of music composed by living American female composers over the last two decades. Fred Winkler, saxophone; Maria Sampen, violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; Tanya Stambuk, piano; Jeff Lund, marimba.
  • Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. – Faculty recital with Maria Sampen, violin.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. – “Celebrate! Beethoven@250: Tradition and Innovation,” with the Puget Sound Piano Trio.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. – “The Legacy of George Walker.” Gregory Walker, violinist, joins Puget Sound music faculty for this celebration of music by his father, George Walker (1922–2018), the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.
  • Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. – “It’s About Time: Diverse Voices for Woodwind Quintet,” featuring Dan Williams, oboe; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Francine Peterson, bassoon; and Rodger Burnett, horn.
  • Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. – “Celebrate! Beethoven@250: Evolution,” with the Puget Sound Piano Trio.
  • Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. – Faculty recital featuring Alistair MacRae, cello.
  • Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. – “Considering Matthew Shepard.” This powerful and evocative work by award-wining composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson tells the gripping story of Matthew Shepard and the country’s moving response to his death. Featuring original cast members; Puget Sound music faculty; and students of the Adelphian Concert Choir; Steven Zopfi, conductor.

Series subscriptions, available through Sept. 13, include admission for all 12 performances throughout the season. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available online at or at the Wheelock Student Center. Ticket information is available at (253) 879-3100.

  • Individual tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors, military, students, Puget Sound faculty/staff
  • Series subscription: $180 general; $144 seniors, military, Community Music members, Puget Sound faculty/staff
  • Admission is free for current Puget Sound and K–12 students

Ticket sales support the Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund, which awards annual music scholarships to an outstanding member of Sigma Alpha Iota, women’s music fraternity.

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