Previous events

Jun12

Electric Cello at Ocean Fest

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Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, WA

Check out Ocean Fest! I have a short and sweet set.... There will be lots to see and experience! 

free

Jun11

I'm part of Tacoma Urban Performing Art Center's exciting new ballet, Noir Black Noir performed by Tupac students, Northwest Sinfonietta and internationally renowned guest artists. These new works were created by Black choreographers to music composed by Black classical composers from the 18th century through present day.

June 11 and 12 at 3:00 PM.

This is a free community event. (Register online)

Run Time: 1 hour and 15 min with intermission

Free! (register online)

Jun9

Tacoma Creates and Northwest Sinfonietta present... What happens when a mole teaches itself to play the violin? Join Northwest Sinfonietta cellist Gretchen Yanover and other guests to find out! Children will enjoy live, original cello music, create a soundscape to David Weisner’s beloved ‘Tuesday,’ and create their own musical instrument to take home.

Free! (register online)

May22

Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and flautist Demarre McGill transport us to far-off lands with these three evocative works by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, W.A. Mozart, and current Seattle Symphony Composer-in-Residence Reena Esmail.

Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor Demarre McGill, Flute

Program: Reena Esmail, Teen Murti Rodrigo, Concierto Pastoral Mozart, Symphony No. 38, Prague

$40-$45

May21

NW Sinfonietta--In Place and Time

Rialto Theater, 310 9th St., Tacoma, WA

Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and flautist Demarre McGill transport us to far-off lands with these three evocative works by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, W.A. Mozart, and current Seattle Symphony Composer-in-Residence Reena Esmail.

Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor Demarre McGill, Flute

Program: Reena Esmail, Teen Murti Rodrigo, Concierto Pastoral Mozart, Symphony No. 38, Prague

$25-$55

Jan21

Findings Night - Cello in Connection

Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle

Town Hall’s Artist-in-Residence, cellist Gretchen Yanover, will perform new works as well as works-in-progress that have evolved during her residency. The program will include music for string trio in addition to electric cello, with Gretchen’s NW Sinfonietta colleagues and bandmates Anna Doak (bass) and Brandon Vance (violin) joining onstage. The evening will also include the poetry of Reagan Jackson and performances by Nia-Amina Minor and dance duo, The Willows.

$5 general admission, free for youth 22 & under

Nov29

Monday Music--electric cello

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Two Union Square Lobby, 600 Union St, Seattle, WA

Enjoy music in the lovely lobby space at Two Union Square in downtown Seattle. Find one of the comfy seats and relax for a while... Cortina Cafe (around on the other side of the lobby) is open if you want to sip something!  I will be liberally sprinkling my set with Holiday tunes from my album, Cello Glow...

Every year, Town Hall selects exceptional local artists and scholars for paid residencies where they engage with Town Hall programs and collaborate with our programming team to develop original events for the community.

Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover is known for creating spacious string atmospheres woven with warm melodies. For her Scratch Night as Town Hall’s 2021 Fall Artist-in-Residence, Yanover will introduce herself musically through a collection of past and present work, performed on the Great Hall Stage. Throughout the evening, she will share the stories behind the titles of her work and discuss the meaning we draw from titles associated with otherwise wordless music. Yanover welcomes questions from audience members and will invite opportunities for discussion about her pieces throughout the performance.

Gretchen Yanover is a Seattle cellist who performs as a soloist on electric cello and looping pedal — a tool that changed her musical life and inspired her to improvise and compose — in addition to her acoustic cello performance and recording work. Yanover has performed for Earshot Jazz Festival and TEDx Seattle, has had compositions commissioned by Seattle Pacific University and University of Oregon, and has created music for and performed with LeVar Burton for LeVar Burton Reads live. She is a member of Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra and serves on their DEI task force. In addition to being the Town Hall Seattle 2021 Fall Artist-in-Residence, Yanover was the recipient of a Shunpike Artist residency. She has four solo albums to date.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

Free! (register online)

Aug28

Created Commons - Arts in Nature Showcase

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Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle

I'm playing a 45 minute set as part of this wonderful festival, and will be joined by dancer Noelle Price for a number of pieces!

The festival is free (: and here's more about Created Commons:

August 27-September 5th 2021, West Seattle's Westcrest Park will be animated with kinetic musical sculpture, eco-art installations and BIPOC centered performances, wellness offerings, eco-arts workshops and science panels to foster resiliency in our community.

Created Commons is an expansive multi-agency initiative that centers, engages, and employs BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists, communities, and cultural workers to activate public space for community connections, resonance and resiliency. The program leverages multi-agency collaboration and the Office of Arts & Culture's inclusive programming and activation models to support economic and community recovery. Created Commons builds on the momentum of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Stay Healthy Streets and Stay Healthy Blocks and the success of our Viaduct Arts Festival and ALL RISE programs to activate our City's space in vibrant and creative ways in the Summer months of 2021.

As part of Creative Commons, the performance, production company, Lelavision (Ela Lamblin & Leah Okamoto Mann), has been tapped to provide a platform for the BIPOC centered performances, wellness offerings, and science panels. Centered around the kinetic sculpture "Interspecies Communication", performances, workshops and talks will take place through the nine days, exploring the theme of "healthy eco systems, micro and macro" and "the intersection of social justice, racial justice and climate justice" with an intention of cultivating liberative moments for all who join us at the park.

Aug7

Concert at Deception Pass State Park Ampitheater

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Deception Pass State Park North Beach Amphitheater, 41020 WA-20, Oak Harbor

I'm thrilled to be part of the Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program!

All are invited to attend the American Roots Music Series at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island. This series of eight free concerts takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday evenings during the summer, with my performance on August 7th.

The music series, now in its 15th year, resumes in person as Washington state begins to reopen for public events. Park staff request that concert goers cluster in groups of no more than 15 from two or fewer households and maintain 6 feet of distance from other groups. People who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear face coverings.

Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Deception Pass State Park Foundation, and Island County, the concerts are free to the public, though day visitors will need a Discover Pass to park.

Gretchen Yanover + Sophie Lippert perform classical, jazz + original music. Attend via livestream or in-person at an intimate outdoor venue! About this event Join electric cellist Gretchen Yanover and concert pianist Sophie Lippert for an evening of music, community, and connection! Renowned musicians and beloved performers, Gretchen and Sophie will share a dazzling array of solo works and collaborations. From spectacular classical piano works, to original electric cello compositions, to jazz standards - plus a few tantalizing surprises! - this eclectic, engaging show will be a celebration of great music, and an homage to the power of collaboration, community, and connection.

Upgrade your ticket to Supporter or VIP to receive priority seating, sumptuous treats from Portland's own Missionary Chocolates, and signed CDs from Gretchen and Sophie. You can even choose a song to be featured at the live show!

Attendance: In Person and via Livestream! Limited in-person tickets are available. Don't miss this rare and exclusive opportunity to attend a live concert in a safe, private, and beautiful outdoor setting! What a joy to share space, and co-create a connective musical experience with members of our local community. Welcome, friends!

In person ticket tiers: General Admission: $33. Supporter: $66. Includes priority seating, chocolate truffles from Missionary Chocolates, and signed CDs from Gretchen Yanover and Sophie Lippert. VIP: $99. Includes priority seating, chocolate truffles from Missionary Chocolates, two signed CDs from Gretchen Yanover and Sophie Lippert, and an optional song request that will be featured the live set! (Only 3 VIP tickets available.) A high-quality professional livestream will also be available, for ticketed guests only. Livestream attendees: you'll delight in a moving, intimate, and connective viewing experience, all from the comfort of your own home! View the full-length concert live, or watch at your leisure after the event. As a ticket holder, you'll also be entitled to unlimited replays.

Livestream ticket tiers: General Admission: $11. Family Ticket: $33. Watch with other members of your household, or invite friends to join for this celebratory and moving live concert! VIP: $99. Includes chocolate truffles from Missionary Chocolates (sent to your home address), signed CDs from Gretchen Yanover and Sophie Lippert, and an optional song request that will be featured in the live set! (Only 3 VIP tickets available - act fast!) Venue, Capacity, and Safety: The Classic Pianos Church House is a historic restored church located next door to the Classic Pianos headquarters in Southeast Portland. In-person capacity will be capped at 35, and attendees will be seated on a large, comfortably-spaced outdoor patio. Specific guidelines to ensure safety will be based on current CDC recommendations, and announced as the date of event approaches. Additionally, an area will be reserved for any parties who request extra space and social distancing. Gratitude to all for your grace and patience as we explore the unexplored and navigate the new during these unprecedented times!

Learn more about Sophie at sophielippert.com or connectionsconcerts.com