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.

Upcoming Concerts

Winds of Summer

August 24th, 2019

Join the Saltwater Music Series for a concert featuring music for wind instruments and piano. The evening will feature performances by flutist Cassie Lear of duets for flute and piano by composer/pianist Steven Luksan. The duo will also perform Godard’s “Waltz,” a piece that Cassie recently performed with the Kolkata Symphony Orchestra in Kolkata, India.

Special guests Soren Hamm and Rebecca Olason will join Cassie for Steven’s composition “Ceremony,” a piece they commissioned to feature the beautiful (and unusual) combination of flute, saxophone, and French horn.

Past Concerts

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. Featuring Mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger and pianist/composer Steven Luksan.

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

Saturday, March 16, 2019 — 7pm


Music written by favorite composers when they were just 16 years old. Featuring Julia Adams (violin/viola), Justin Henderlight (oboe/ composer), and Steven Luksan (piano/ organ/ composer).

Music by Grieg, Mozart, Hahn, Clara Schumann, Luksan, and Henderlight.

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. Featuring Kerry Bollinger Blanton (viola), Liz Frazer (soprano), Justin Henderlight (oboe), and Steven Luksan (piano).

Nordic Voyages


Saturday, August 25, 2018 — 7pm

Soprano Laura Loge joins pianist/composer Steven Luksan to present music that dives into the land of dwarfs, elves, and fairies as the duo performs Grieg’s monumental song cycle Haugtussa, along with music by other Norwegian composers and world premieres by Steven Luksan.

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