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.