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 Concerts:

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!

As always, admission is FREE. Donations will be collected to benefit future Saltwater Music Series concerts!

Past Concerts from Season 3:

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.