Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island’s third annual chamber music series includes six recitals this year.
The first concert of the series is Pianothon, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. UUCWI is celebrating the arrival of its new piano with a concert showcasing the musical talents, classical and improvisational, of nine Whidbey Island pianists, with commentary by Eileen Soskin.
Local pianists are Nola Allen (a longtime resident of both Seattle and Whidbey Island who is the resident pianist at UUCWI); Kathy Fox (who has a private piano studio and is the resident pianist and organist at Langley United Methodist Church); Heidi Hoelting (a classically-trained musician and poet who frequently partners with Talia Marcus and composes and performs improvisations); David Locke (Parish Musician at St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods); Robert Marsanyi (resident classical and jazz pianist for OutCast Productions; Porter Matteson (a home-schooled fifth grader who is also a prolific composer); Eileen Soskin (a collaborative pianist and lecturer); Dianne Vars (a retired college professor and classical pianist); and Sheila Weidendorf (a concert pianist and vocalist who is also the music director at WICA).
In addition to jazz and improvisation, featured classical composers include J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Cage, Chopin, Mozart, Liszt and Schubert. Solo and four-hand piano music is also offered with a special guest appearance by soprano Kate Matteson singing Irving Berlin’s beloved classic, “I Love A Piano.”
“A Broadway Cabaret,” the following concert, will be Nov. 9 and 10, with music from seven Broadway musicals performed by local artists Matteson, Rich Doyle, Ken Merrell, Gretchen d’Armand and one imported Broadway performer, Gloria Makino.
On Jan. 19, “Jazz à la Carte: Seattle Fusion and Swing” will feature last year’s fusion quartet, Stop, Thief! with Teo Benson, and a group of young Seattle artists playing and singing French pop and gypsy jazz.
On Feb. 22 and 23, “The Time Traveling Trio” will play piano trios by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Piazzolla, Bridge and Hidgon performed by Gloria Ferry-Brennan on violin, James Hinkley on cello and Eileen Soskin on piano.
“Wings, Find Air” will be held March 23. This is a song recital celebrating French and American poets and composers performed by two Portland artists: Laurie Hungerford Flint, soprano, and Rodney Menn, pianist.
“A Musical B&B: Brahms and British Songs” will be May 11. This will be a chamber music recital featuring Allen on piano, Benson playing violin and Kathryn Vinson, mezzosoprano.
All tickets cost $20. Angel Tickets will be available again this year. Anyone on a limited budget who wishes to attend our concerts is welcome to request an Angel Ticket, which is underwritten by those who wish to ensure that a lack of funds does not prevent people from enjoying these concerts.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island is located at 20103 Highway 525 in Freeland.
For more information, call 321-8656 or visit www.whidbey.com/uucwi.