Chancel Arts and the Kent Grand Organ project, a community arts and cultural venue in downtown Kent hosted at Kent Lutheran Church, welcome “Classical and Romantic Masters” performed by Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra artists at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Featured in the program are players Patrick Stephens on piano, Tricia Buzzard on violin and Lauren McShane on cello, performing Elegie, op. 23 by Josef Suk and The Premier Trio, op.35 by Joaquin Turina. Joining the artists for a performance of Piano Quartet in G Minor, K.478, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Trish Wu on Viola.
Chamber music is defined as a nonprofit group of 10 or fewer musicians who perform without a conductor. This will be the fourth concert from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra perform for Chancel Arts at Kent Lutheran. Proceeds from this performance will support the Kent Grand Organ construction, and will enable Chancel Arts to continue to offer excellent music in downtown Kent
Tickets for the performance will be available at the door for $12.50 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. Advanced tickets for the performance may be purchased online at ChancelArts.com.
About the performers:
Patrick Stephens, a nationally certified teacher of music, has maintained an independent teaching studio in Seattle since 1994. He has studied piano repertoire, music history, theory and pedagogy with Mordecai Shehori in New York and with Randolph Hokanson and Cassandra Carr in Seattle. He holds a BA degree in mathematics from Fordham University in New York.
Stephens served as district vice president for the Washington State Teachers Association (WSMTA) and chairperson of the Composition Competition. In 2004, he co-wrote “The Piano Un-Method,” a guide to help piano teachers move their students as early as possible into the world of great music by great composers. A highly regarded accompanist, Stephens has appeared in recital in Berlin, Salzburg, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Seattle. He has accompanied the Northwest Girl Choir, NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc.) and the choirs of many churches in Seattle.
Violinist Tricia Buzzard has appeared in recital throughout the United States, Honduras, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. She was a featured performer on NPR’s “From The Top” radio program, and championed new works with the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble while on scholarship at the University of Oregon. Buzzard enjoys collaborating with dancers, singers, folk musicians, DJs and yoga instructors. As a Seattle transplant, some of her favorite musical moments have been with musical theater productions at the ACT, jazz/folk ensembles at Benaroya Hall, and flamenco dance to violin improvisation. Buzzard is also an avid rock-climber, outdoor enthusiast, and burgeoning mountaineer.
Lauren McShane performs and teaches throughout the northwest. She studied cello and psychology at Brown University with Emmanuel Feldman (New England Conservatory) after which moved back to Seattle to pursue freelance music. She regularly tours and performs with Portland Cello Project, a group dedicated to “performing music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument.” Principal cellist of Seattle Rock Orchestra, she also loves to incorporate rock and improvisation into music making, having worked with Macklemore, Sir Mixalot, Laura Gibson, Emily Wells, Grandaddy, and others. McShane also maintains an active cello studio, working with beginning and advanced cello students.