Previous events

May18

"Please join celebrated cellist and Seattle Public Library Artist in Residence, Gretchen Yanover, in the Children's Center for a series of informal concerts. She will perform her own compositions using a looping pedal, and kids will have opportunities to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, as well as share suggestions of favorite books they would be interested in hearing with musical accompaniment!" (free)

May4

Jeffery Meyer, Conductor Xavier Foley, Double Bass Denise Dillenbeck, Violin

Clarice Assad, Suite for Lower Strings on Themes of Bach

Bottesini, Gran duo concertante

Xavier Foley, For Justice and Peace

Beethoven, Symphony No. 7

The extraordinary double bassist Xavier Foley is joining us for our season finale, performing Bottesini’s virtuosic Gran duo concertante with Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck, and his own sweeping composition, For Justice and Peace. Clarice Assad’s Suite for Lower Strings opens this love-fest for the lowest-sounding instrument of our string family. Each playful movement highlights famous and recognizable themes by J.S. Bach in this fantasy suite. To close our season, Artistic Partner Jeffery Meyer leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, a sublime epic filled with Beethoven’s optimism in the face of adversity, and ultimately hope for the future.

$10-$55

Apr25

Solo electric cello concert in this super neat venue, with video art by Ahren Buhmann + a special appearance by 3 wonderful tango dancers: Michelle Badion, Julia Ochs, & Victor Mushkatin.
Concert presented by Ariel Media.
Program:
Voice to the Rain
will
Touching the Stream
Bisoux
Heart and Sky
”to solve for heart" (poetry of Shin Yu Pai)
“Such Things Require Tenderness” (poetry of Luther Hughes)
Risoluto
The Story of an Embrace
with dance by Michelle, Julia & Victor
Turnaround
”i have spread my roots across borders/and i am growing still" (poetry of Ally Ang)
”If brown angels could fly" (poetry of Raúl Sánchez)
Willow Waltzes On

$10 with no fees!

Apr21

"Please join celebrated cellist and Seattle Public Library Artist in Residence, Gretchen Yanover, in the Children's Center for a series of informal concerts. She will perform her own compositions using a looping pedal, and kids will have opportunities to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, as well as share suggestions of favorite books they would be interested in hearing with musical accompaniment!" (free)

Holding / Movement album release concert! Come celebrate the release of my fifth album as I am joined by dancers and poets for a fully immersive artistic experience. Arrive early to purchase a CD, which includes a booklet of poetry from Seattle poets whose work I paired with my compositions. (The album is entirely instrumental cello--the poetry is in the print booklet.)
Pay-what-you-can at the door.

PROGRAM:
Through Chenoa's Eyes
Bisoux
"Such Things Require Tenderness" (poetry of Luther Hughes)--with dance by Anastasia & Willow
Poetry reading by Abi Pollokoff
"& when we unmake the making" (poetry of Abi Pollokoff)
"in your wings, querido" (poetry of Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs)
"Shhh. We are walking on Lushootseed words" (poetry of Jourdan Imani Keith)
"the coinciding" (poetry of Karin de Weille)
Poetry reading by Ally Ang
Ara (with dance by Anastasia & Willow)
Taken From Us (part one)
Taken From Us (part two)
"to solve for heart" (poetry of Shin Yu Pai)
"this four-walled pasture" (poetry of Luther Hughes)
"At the end of reason, I am locked in place" (poetry of Quenton Baker)
"i have spread my roots across borders/and i am growing still" (poetry of Ally Ang)
Poetry reading by Raúl Sánchez
"If brown angels could fly" (poetry of Raúl Sánchez)

"Cellist Gretchen Yanover performs layered, evocative compositions on electric cello with a looping pedal. She is joined by video designer Ahren Buhmann, who has created visual meditations that pair with each piece. Yanover will perform from her body of repertoire, including works from her 2024 release, Holding / Movement."

Performances at 7:00 and 9:00pm. Individual tickets are $40

$40

Jan21

NW Sinfonietta--Sky & Sea

Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA

SKY & SEA Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor Matt Drumm, Jeffery Lund, Mark Goodenberger, Bonnie Whiting, Percussion Quartet

Marjan Mozetich, Postcards from the Sky

Viet Cuong, Re(new)al, Percussion Quartet Concerto

Debussy, La Mer (arr. Helder)

One of our favorite things? Taking care of the Earth and this beautiful Puget Sound region we call home. Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s expansive and moving Postcards from the Sky opens this program, which then features four outstanding local percussionists in Viet Cuong’s concerto for percussion quartet, Re(new)al, inspired by the renewable power of hydro, wind and solar energy. Debussy’s iconic La Mer, arranged by Marlijn Helder for chamber orchestra closes the program. We are delighted to collaborate with local organizations doing great work in our communities to combat the effects of pollution and climate change. Stay tuned for opportunities to connect with Tacoma Tree Foundation and Communities for a Healthy Bay around this concert.

$10-$45

Jan20

NW Sinfonietta--Sky & Sea

Scheebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

SKY & SEA Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor Matt Drumm, Jeffery Lund, Mark Goodenberger, Bonnie Whiting, Percussion Quartet

Marjan Mozetich, Postcards from the Sky

Viet Cuong, Re(new)al, Percussion Quartet Concerto

Debussy, La Mer (arr. Helder)

One of our favorite things? Taking care of the Earth and this beautiful Puget Sound region we call home. Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s expansive and moving Postcards from the Sky opens this program, which then features four outstanding local percussionists in Viet Cuong’s concerto for percussion quartet, Re(new)al, inspired by the renewable power of hydro, wind and solar energy. Debussy’s iconic La Mer, arranged by Marlijn Helder for chamber orchestra closes the program. We are delighted to collaborate with local organizations doing great work in our communities to combat the effects of pollution and climate change. Stay tuned for opportunities to connect with Tacoma Tree Foundation and Communities for a Healthy Bay around this concert.

*The Saturday concert is held at University of Puget Sound’s Scheebeck Hall.

$10-$35

Oct7

NW Sinfonietta--Wine & Dine

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

Jeffery Meyer, Conductor Dan Williams, Oboe Jennifer Krikawa, Soprano · Ivy Zhou, Soprano · Andrew Etherington, Tenor PLU Opera Chorus, James Brown, Director

Juan Pablo Contreras, Mariachitlán

Roupen Shakarian, Oboe Concerto (World Premiere) - with flight of wines

  1. Strauss II, selections from Die Fledermaus

Come party with us! We're opening this season of favorites with Juan Pablo Contreras's joyful homage to the birthplace of mariachi music, the Mexican state of Jalisco, where mariachis play their songs on every corner, vying for the love and attention of the crowds. We are thrilled to be premiering Roupen Shakarian's Oboe Concerto written for oboist and wine aficionado Dan Williams. We’ll serve a complimentary flight of wines and munchies with this light, delightful work. The second half is an opera extravaganza. We are collaborating with the PLU Opera Chorus and soloists Andrew Etherington, Ivy Zhou and Vashon Opera diva Jennifer Krikawa to bring our favorite Die Fledermaus selections to the party, including the famous champagne song.

*The Saturday performance is held at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum in Tacoma, with assigned table seating.

$25-$55

Aug9

Electric Cello for Live Music Project Birthday Bash

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Saint Bread, 1421 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

Join us for the belated 9th (!!) Live Music Project birthday on the outdoor back patio at Saint Bread from 4:00-7:00pm

This celebration features solo sets by three stellar music-making humans: Peter Nelson-King (piano), Mark Hilliard Wilson (guitar), and (me!) Gretchen Nicole Yanover (cello)--my set is 6:00-7:00pm.

Drop by, settle in at a picnic table, and revel in the music and community that surround us.

Food and drink are available for purchase. Your eyes can feast on the delectable Saint bread menu at this very moment.

Admission is free, and all ages are welcome!