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Giving Tuesday 2018 with Live Music Project

Dear Live Music Project Friends,

Our goal at Live Music Project is to connect people with live classical music in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies the resources of local arts organizations. Which means, Live Music Project is about you, our community. We measure our success by seeing how many people interact with Live Music Project online. In the last year, more than 60,000 people visited livemusicproject.org to find events and learn more about our community. We also measure our success by how many tickets we give away each year with our Spontaneous Free Tickets program. In the 2017-2018 season, we distributed 800 tickets worth $20,000 to eager listeners – for free. We feel the most successful, though, when we see the smiles on your faces or hear about your positive experiences at classical music events across Seattle.

We have so much to be thankful for throughout the season. We are particularly grateful for how you give your time, energy, and resources to support this community. Volunteers make our world go ’round – in our most recent Fall event-a-thon, our volunteer Calendar Squad prepared more than 150 concerts for the coming season. Your support directly helps increase arts access, arts audiences, and arts community. If you would like to reaffirm your commitment to Live Music Project as a volunteer or with a donation, we would be thrilled.

Now, it’s time to have a little social media party!! Whether you are near or far, please join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday. Visit our Facebook or Instagram as we highlight our favorite aspect of Live Music Project: OUR COMMUNITY!

With gratitude,
Shaya

Finally, #GivingTuesday is so much more than one day in November. Year-round, our programs connect people with live classical music in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies local arts resources. We hope you’ll support our efforts to maximize the reach of these artists and their beautiful, important work.

LMP On the Road: Giving Tuesday

LMP executive director Shaya Lyon checks in with the cellos during an interview with Nathan Whittaker at his studio in West Seattle. (Photo: Bronson Foster)
LMP executive director Shaya Lyon checks in with the cellos during an interview with Nathan Whittaker at his studio in West Seattle. (Photo: Bronson Foster)

November 28, 2017 was Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving that was created to inspire people to collaborate to improve their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the causes they support.

Our Seattle arts community is incredible, and on Tuesday, we brought it a little closer to your doorstep – or your magical viewing device – as we visited a few of the many passionate, inspiring, and fun artists across Seattle.

That’s right. It’s the 2017 edition of LMP On The Road!

Continuing our tradition of showcasing local arts organizations on #GivingTuesday, we went behind the scenes to interview – live on Facebook – as many members of our Seattle classical community as we can fit in a calendar day. We heard from…

• The four delightful members of the Skyros Quartet, a professional teaching artist string quartet dedicated to inspiring communication through performing, educating, and composing:

• UW Modern Ensemble, as they prepared for their Dec. 5 concert, including Philip Glass’ Music in Similar Motion:

• UW Percussion Ensemble, who were rehearsing a theatrical version of John Cage’s recently-discovered radio play The City Wears a Slouch Hat, which will be paired at their concert on Dec. 1 with new works by University of Washington composition students:

• Lily Shababi, a third-year student currently studying composition and performance at Cornish College of the Arts:

Soprano Linda Tsatsanis, cellist Nathan Whittaker, and clarinetist Thomas Carroll, including an introduction to a very oddly-bent instrument that will be heard in concert on Dec. 2 & 3:

• The West Seattle Community Orchestras, an all-ages organization where students – who play for free – have started in beginning ensembles and worked their way up to the symphony. They’re rehearsing for their Dec. 5 concert:

The Esoterics, as they prepared “non-Christmas music sung in heavenly manner” for concerts on Dec. 1, 2 & 3. You’ll hear snippets of Paul John Rudoi’s Spheres of Influence, Andrea Clearfield’s Khandroma (in Tibetan), and “At Castle Wood” (text by Emily Brontë) from the song cycle To touch the sky, by Kevin Puts:

Michael Praetorius – wait, MICHAEL PRAETORIUS!!?!?!?? Well, ok, it was Seattle Pro Musica – singing one of his dazzling Medieval carols in rehearsal for their Winter Rose concerts on Dec. 9:

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know these artists, as we have.

Finally, #GivingTuesday is so much more than one day in November. Year-round, our programs connect people with live classical music in a way that strengthens community, celebrates listener agency, and amplifies local arts resources. We hope you’ll support our efforts to maximize the reach of these artists and their beautiful, important work.

LMP On the Road: Giving Tuesday

What if you could spend an entire day dropping in on artists to see them at work?

Aaron Grad and his homemade theorbo.
Aaron Grad and his homemade theorbo.

You might come across a composer jamming on an electric theorbo, a conductor studying scores in a bustling cafe, a Henry hanging out with a herd of harpsichords, or a vocalist singing about the earth opening up while dreaming about puppies.

We spent Giving Tuesday on the road visiting as many Seattle composers, performers, presenters, radio broadcasters, and arts organizations as we could – and we livestreamed each visit on Facebook. Starting with an early-morning sipping chocolate and winding down with a morsel of Bach in a sunset-somber Benaroya Hall, our day was SO much fun we’re already thinking about doing it again.

We invite you to scroll down through our day, and come along for the ride!

Station 1: Sipping chocolate with Andrew Goldstein of Emerald City Music.

Station 2: Aaron Grad shreds an electric theorbo *that he made*!

Station 3: Dropping in on the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra with maestro Adam Stern.

Station 4: Visiting with Henry Lebedinsky of Early Music Underground. We’ve never seen so many harpsichords at once!

Station 5: Seattle composer Kaley Lane Eaton treats us to some of her own creations.

Station 6: Behind the scenes with Seneca and Jeremy at the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Station 7: A quick visit to KING FM and Second Inversion with the lovely Christophe Chagnard, Maggie Stapleton, Dave Beck, and Mike Brooks.

Station 8: Getting cultured at 4Culture with Christina DePaolo and Charlie Rathbun. Keep an eye on their many grant opportunities. If you’re serving King County through the arts, there’s something here for you!

Station 9: Seattle Symphony cellist Joy Payton shares a few captivating notes as the sun sets behind Benaroya Hall.

Station 10: Finale – LMP board shenanigans!

We hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did!