Ladies Musical Club of Seattle will perform at Merrill Gardens on March 4

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On Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m., the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) initiates a collaboration with the City of Burien with a program of Music of Spain and South America at Burien’s Merrill Gardens.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle was founded in 1891 by a group of 24 women musicians. Its original mission was to foster an appreciation of classical music in the cultural life of a city that was just starting to find its identity. For more than a century, the LMC members presented a stellar International Artist Series whose make up is literally a Who’s Who list of classical music artist luminaries of the 20th century such as: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fritz Kreisler, Ascham Heifetz, Marian Anderson, Kirsten Flagstad, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Marilyn Horne, Alicia de Larrocha, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. See the entire list. Although no longer presenting international artists, LMC continues to foster classical music in the community through education, performance and competition awards. MOHAI houses LMC’s historical archives.

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Co-sponsored by the City of Burien

El Simpatico Tango for Clarinet and Bassoon by Carlos Posadas (1874-1918) arr. John Gibson

Julie Shankland, clarinet and Eric Shankland (guest artist), bassoon

Milonga del ángel  by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Adiós Nonino “Tango Rhapsody”

Joyce Gibb, piano

from Siete canciones populares by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

“Cancion” (Song)
“Nana” (Lullaby)
“Jota” (Aragonese dance)

“Aranjuez, Ma Pensee” from Concierto de Aranjuez  by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
“Junto al Generalife”

Diane Althaus, soprano and Lucas Victor (guest artist), guitar

Suite populaire espagnole, arranged from “Siete Canciones populares españolas”      Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Arranged for cello and piano by Maurice Maréchal (1892-1964)

  1. El Paño moruno
  2. Nana
  3. Cancion
  4. Polo
  5. Asturiana
  6. Jota

Ericka Pierson, cello and Annie Center, piano

Anda, Jaleo (Come on, Jaleo) by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Zorongo by Federico Garcia Lorca
Tres Morillas (Three Moorish girls) by Fernando Obradors (1897-1945)
El Vito (The Vito*) by  Fernando Obradors
“Carceleras”(Jailers) from Las hijas del Zebedeo (The daughters of Zebedee) by Ruperto Chapí (1851-1909)
*The Vito is a dance from Andalusia in southern Spain.

Clarice Warrick, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano

Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, H136  by Enrique Granados
“La maja dolorosa” (The sorrowful woman)
“El mirar de la maja” (The gaze of the beloved)

Diane Althaus, soprano and Lucas Victor (guest artist), guitar

Escenes de l’exili (Scenes from Exile) by Enrique Granados
Canto gitano (Gypsy song) by Enrique Granados
Elegia eterna (Eternal elegy) by Enrique Granados

Clarice Warrick, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano

“Oriental” from Danzas españolas  by Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Ericka Pierson, cello and Annie Center, piano

Poema en forma de canciones, Op.19 by Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

  1. Dedicatoria (Dedication)
  2. Nunca olvida (You never forget)
  3. Cantares (Songs)
  4. Los dos miedos (Two fears)
  5. Las locas por amor (Crazy for love)

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano; Joan Lundquist, piano

Diane Althaus has explored many arenas of music, classical to sacred, Bach to Dvorak to Gershwin. She has organized opera ensembles, sung in a concert series titled Classy to Sassy, sung leading roles with the Fat Chance Opera company for several seasons and performed Rachmaninov songs at the Russian Community Center. She thoroughly enjoys her musical adventures and tries to entice a younger generation who may not have heard live classical vocal music into wanting to hear more.

Equally at home with viola and piano, Annie Center enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed as piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As violist, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, Prague, Red Rocks, and Music In The Mountains Festivals. She has also performed with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, Philadelphia string quartets. Annie holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory. Her major teachers include Robert Schultz, Paul Hersh, Isadore Tinkelman, Robert Weirich, and Paul Coletti. While she lived in Arizona, she was the pianist of the Concorda Trio with her cellist husband, Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley.

Joyce Gibb was born in Sri Lanka and started her early piano studies with the admired, but feared music critic Elmer DeHaan. After surviving his rigorous training, she moved to London for further studies with Swiss pianist Albert Ferber whose teachers included Rachmaninoff. Studying both piano and cello, she was awarded a gold medal for performance by the Royal Schools of Music. Now a Seattle resident, Joyce teaches and performs regularly and has been the concerto soloist with the Cascade Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Rainier Symphony, Port Angeles, Thalia, and Philharmonia Northwest Orchestras. Her performances have included concertos by Beethoven, Poulenc, Grieg, Addinsell, and Chopin and the 1st and 2nd piano concertos by Rachmaninoff.

Joan Lundquist has served as a collaborative pianist for Seattle area musicians and organizations for 30 years. Since moving to the area from Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was staff accompanist, Joan has worked with the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Choral Company, has taught at Seattle University and Northwest University, and has worked with several area private music teachers. Currently, Ms. Lundquist is the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

Erika Pierson grew up in the Seattle area, beginning cello at age 7. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello from Indiana University and her Master’s Degree in Performance from University of Michigan. Between her degrees Erika studied in Berlin, at the Hochschule der Kunste, and privately in London, England under Eileen Croxford. Erika has given solo recitals in England, including a solo performance at St Martin in the Fields, London, in Germany, Spain, and in the United States. She has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor, and Everett, WA. Currently, Erika performs regularly as the cellist in Bella Sala String Quartet, NOCCO Chamber Orchestra, and freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.

Eric Shankland (guest artist) has been playing bassoon since age 15. He played in the NCR band and the Youth Philharmonic in Dayton, Ohio. He studied with Arthur Grossman and played in the University Symphony at the University of Washington, and currently studies with Paul Rafanelli of the Seattle Symphony. He was principal bassoon in the Eastside Symphony (Redmond) for fifteen years. Eric is a research scientist at the University of Washington.

Julie Shankland has played clarinet since marching band in the Ohio snow. Since moving to Washington, Julie has played in the UW Concert Band, Eastside Symphony, West Seattle Community Orchestras, Rain City Symphony, and various chamber music camps. Julie is an adult student of Jennifer Nelson and recently learned to play bass clarinet. Julie works in the Office of General Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association.

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano, holds Performance degrees from Florida State University (BM/MM) as well as ARRT Certification in Radiography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She has appeared with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Heavier Than Air Theatre, Evergreen Performers, TMP Family Theater, Amici Opera, Operesque, South Georgia Opera, and Florida State Opera. A Wagner enthusiast, she was chosen to perform in the inaugural year of the Baldwin-Wallace Wagner Intensive where she coached with Jane Eaglen, Timothy Mussard, and Nancy Maultsby. Gwen works with MultiCare and Franciscan Health as an MRI Technologist and is also a Voice Over artist specializing in audiobook narration.

Lucas Victor (guest artist) is a guitarist who has been praised for his musicality, unique phrasing and inspiring playing. He studies in the studio of guitarist Michael Partington at the University of Washington. In 2017, Lucas was a finalist in the Adult Solo Guitar Competition at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Portland, Oregon, which is a competition open to the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada. At the UW, he has been honored to be a recipient of the John Tripp Endowed Fund for Student Support, and the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music. Lucas also performs with the UW Guitar Ensemble. As a youth, Lucas studied several years with Jason Williams at the Rosewood Guitar studio in Seattle. During that time, he was a finalist twice in the Youth Solo Guitar Competition of the Northwest Guitar Festivals held in Idaho, and in Washington. Before studying with Jason Williams, he also had instruction from guitarists Mary Lord, Ken Elia, and others. Lucas also performed and recorded with Mark Wilson’s Guitar Orchestra of Seattle. Lucas has been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in guitar master classes for acclaimed musicians David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Stephen Stubbs, Jorge Caballero, Marc Teicholz, Martha Masters, and others. Lucas Victor can be found online at

A recent transplant from Chicago, Il, soprano Clarice Warrick received her master’s degree in voice performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Past feats this season have included her Orchestra Hall debut as the soloist in the North American premiere of Jacob TV’s Mountaintop, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Chamber Opera, and Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke. Clarice has sung with the Grant Park Chorus and Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a part of the VOX3 Ensemble, and often gives concerts featuring musical theater, jazz, and opera.

WHAT: Music of Spain and South America

WHEN: Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Merrill Gardens at Burien, 15020 5th Ave SW, Burien, WA:

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