Concert I. “Americana” Skyros Quartet 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Lakewold Gardens (Lakewood, WA)
Skyros Quartet: Sarah Pizzicemi & James Moat, violins; Justin Kurys, viola; Willie Braun, cello
Program:

  • Benjamin Franklin: String Quartet
  • Antonín Dvorák: “American” String
  • Philip Glass: “Bent” Suite
  • Florence Price: Quartet in G Major

In an echo to last season’s ‘Russian Expansion,’ the Skyros Quartet explores the many musical faces of America’s chamber music.

Concert II. “Town & Country” 7:30pm, Thursday, July 18, 2019
Lakewold Gardens (Lakewood, WA)
Svend Rønning, violin; Brian Wharton, cello; Judith Cohen, piano
Program:

  • Bedřich Smetana: Duo for Violin and Piano, “Aus mein heimat”
  • Erich Zeisl: Violin Sonata, “Brandeis”
  • Astor Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

This concert explores the “identity politics” of music as composers create a voice for their culture and cultural aspirations.

Serenity Garden Annual Fundraiser 4:00pm, Sunday, September 8, 2019

Come support Second City Chamber Series’s official annual fundraiser. YOU are the reason we are able to continue bringing top-notch classical chamber music to Tacoma-area venues.

Held at the stunning Northeast Tacoma home of board members Pam Mildenberger and Robert Beck, this year’s annual fundraiser will feature a very special guest musician, a fantastic silent auction, and delicious gourmet refreshments!

Concert III. “Willa Doppmann and Her Legacy” 4:00pm, Sunday, October 20, 2019
The Great Hall of Annie Wright School (Tacoma, WA)
Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano; Cindy Renander, clarinet; Svend Rønning, violin; Haeyoon Shin, cello; Lark Powers, piano
Program:

  • Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Johannes Brahms: Two Songs, Op. 91
  • Jerry Kracht: ‘Incantation’ for Alto, Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B minor, Op. 8

The Second City Chamber Series pays homage to its founder, the late Willa Doppmann by performing some of her favorite works and premiering a work dedicated to her by SCCS Artistic Director Emeritus, Jerry Kracht.

Concert IV. “That’s Entertainment!” 4:00pm, Sunday, March 1, 2020
Lakewold Gardens (Lakewood, WA)
Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin; Li-Tan Hsu, piano
Program:

  • George Gershwin/Jascha Heifetz: Selections from “Porgy and Bess”
  • Sergei Prokofiev/Lidia & Matthias: Suite from “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Sergei Prokofiev/Jascha Heifetz: March from “The Love for Three Oranges”
  • Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky: Entr’acte from “Sleeping Beauty”
  • Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky: Violin solos from “Swan Lake”
  • Melia Watras: Homage to “Swan Lake”

Pacific Northwest Ballet concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim brings us music from the stage adapted to the intimacy of a winter “hot chocolate and tea” concert at Lakewold Gardens!

Young Chamber Players w/ Tacoma Youth Chorus 6:00pm, Friday, March 20, 2020
POSTPONED

The Young Chamber Players and Second City Chamber Series regret the necessity to cancel the March 20 YCP Showcase recital due to concerns around the caronavirus.

We will keep our patrons apprised of any rescheduling options as we know them.

Update on 2020-2021 Season 7:30pm, Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Friends of Second City Chamber Series,

To honor Governor Inslee’s instructions to stay home and stay safe during this global pandemic, and to prioritize the safety and well-being of our patrons, we do not plan to announce 2020-2021 immediately. Please rest assured we are actively planning and hoping to share the love and art of chamber music in 2020-2021 with our audiences this next year!

Stay tuned for updates here on our website, and if you haven’t yet, please join (or update) our mailing list for the most up-to-date information about upcoming events and to receive the annual brochure for the next season. You may do so by clicking HERE.

We look forward to the day when we can once again enjoy chamber music together! In the meantime, please stay healthy and take care.

We send you our thoughts and prayers for well-being!

Sincerely yours,

Svend Rønning, Artistic Director
Jinshil Yi, Managing Director
Sharon Bourne-Leader, President of the Board of Directors

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