Saltwater Music Series

Saltwater Music Series
A Chamber Music Series in South King County, WA
Hosted by Des Moines United Methodist Church
Des Moines, WA (25 minutes south of Downtown Seattle)

Saltwater Music Series concerts provide a chance for residents of Seattle & South King County to experience exciting, fresh chamber music in a casual setting; all while supporting a variety of great causes.  Through these concerts we hope to build a stronger community, encourage and support local musicians, and give generously.  

All concerts take place in the Sanctuary of Des Moines United Methodist Church
(22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198  -- MAP ). 
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 to support the evening's cause.

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Saltwater Music Series 
Season Three
Upcoming Concert:

A Love Song to the Salish Sea

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 — 7pm

The Saltwater Music Series dedicates the final concert of our 2018/19 season to the centerpiece of our region’s natural beauty: the Salish Sea. Mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger joins pianist/composer Steven Luksan for an evening of songs about the sea, including music by Schubert, Respighi, and Barber, and more!  Luksan’s new cycle “Sea Songs” (with poetry by 20th Century American poets and contemporary PNW poet Jeff Fearnside) will be premiered alongside Luksan's settings of “Three Folksongs from the Pacific Northwest.” 
As always, admission is FREE. Donations will be collected to benefit a local charity.

Join us on May 18th at Des Moines UMC, overlooking Puget Sound, for a beautiful evening of music!

Past Concerts from Season 3:

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

Saturday, March 16, 2019 — 7pm

Many musicians get an early start to exploring their skills as a composer, creating beautiful music by the age of 16 or 17. Julia Adams (violin/viola), Justin Henderlight (oboe/composer), and Steven Luksan (piano/organ/composer) return to the Saltwater Music Series for an evening of music written by composers in their teenage years.

Featured on this program will be rarely-heard gems for solo piano composed by the 16 year-old Clara Wieck (Schumann), Reynaldo Hahn, Edvard Grieg, and Steven Luksan.  Also featured will be trios for oboe, violin, and organ by the 16 year-old Justin Henderlight, and a sonata for piano and violin composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, age 8!

Then Sings My Soul:

Songs and Spirituals from the American Experience

Saturday, January 26, 2019 — 7pm

Mezzo-Soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis joins pianist/composer Steven Luksan for a concert of songs that explore the rich American traditions of spirituals, art song, jazz, and musical theater. 


 Echoes of the Great War

Saturday, October 27, 2018 — 7pm

In observance of the hundredth anniversary of the armistice of the First World War, the Saltwater Music Series shares music written by composers from opposing sides of the terrible conflict. Kerry Bollinger Blanton (viola), Liz Frazer (soprano), Justin Henderlight (oboe), and Steven Luksan (piano) will present music written in the decades surrounding the war by composers from both the Allied and Central powers side-by-side, including pieces by Vaughan Williams (England), Glazunov (Russia), Saint-Saëns (France), Bartók (Austria-Hungary) and others.

 Nordic Voyages

Saturday, August 25, 2018 — 7pm

Soprano Laura Loge joins pianist/composer Steven Luksan to present music that dives into the land of dwarves, elves, and fairies as the duo performs Edvard Grieg’s monumental song cycle Haugtussa, along with music by other Norwegian composers. They will also premiere new songs with texts in English and Norwegian with music by Steven Luksan.