Video: St Helens String Quartet in Concert

by kgwb on September 17, 2014

Winter Learns the Blues   |   Dawn Clement
A joyously creative musician, Dawn Clement plays weekly at jazz clubs, art museums and theaters in Seattle. She has guested at Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Tonic, Dizzy’s, Cornelia Street Cafe and other jazz clubs in New York City. Dawn has performed at prestigious, international venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Le Conservatoire Superieur in Paris and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. She regularly performs with the Jane Ira Bloom Quarter promoting the new album Wing Walker. Jazz writer Alan Kurtz said Dawn Clement swings brilliantly over the bass and drum in a “mighty unusual meter.” The performance is a “full-fledge, four-way exchange between master musicians attuned to one another.”

Follow Dawn’s schedule at DawnClement.com.

(From the program)

Sunday Concert Excerpts:
5 DANCES by Erwin Schulhoff
PRESTO II by Miguel del Aguila
CYPRESSES by Dvorak (encore)

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Keli Wagers

Meet Sailor Keli Wagers & Concert News

by kgwb on August 2, 2014

We are happy to introduce our new choir loft resident, IT2 Keli Wagers, stationed on the USS Nimitz. Only 21 years old with three years service already, Keli was awarded Junior Sailor of the Quarter at a Seattle Navy League Awards Luncheon on August 1, 2014. The citation reads:

She led seven personnel in processing 4,4000 naval messages, the successful execution of 162 maintenance actions and the overall readiness for 16 spaces. Promoted the Sexual Assault Prevention Response program which increased the awareness throughout Nimitz. She organized Junior Enlisted Association Community Relation and social events to boost Sailor’s morale and ensure a positive Navy presence in the local community.”

One positive item we’ve noticed already is that Keli keeps her black Honda Civic with Alaska plates, parked out front out, spotless, inspection ready.

CONCERT NEWS:

Saint Helens String Quartet returns September 14, 2014, for a Sunday concert beginning at 5p with a light supper around 6:30. Paige’s email reads:

“A new string quartet by Dawn Clement (remember Dawn, the jazz pianist?) It is called, “Winter Learns the Blues”
Then we’ll play an amazing tango piece by Miguel de Agulia called “Presto II”
Then some mvts from Dvorak’s Cypress String Quartet
And finally the Schulhoff 5 Pieces.”

Save the date, details to follow in an email to subscribers — sign-up to the left!

Then on at 7:30p on Saturday, November 8th, Jami Sieber and Nancy Rumbel will be playing music together for the first time in the Arms of the Angels. Save the date and watch for details.

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Fundraiser for Taste of Music Festival

by kgwb on July 21, 2014

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This is very short notice: it’s happening this Thursday, July 24th at 6p — but it doesn’t mean that it will be short on fun. Poster fails to mention that the $20 suggested donation includes eats and drinks — just like last year — it was a blast.

More about the Taste!

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Karen and I, along with my daughter, Claudine, are inviting you to join us in beginning the noisy national holiday on a quiet note with a live, acoustic, performance by Portland artist Laura Gibson in the Arms of the Angels, Historic Downtown Snohomish.

Laura Gibson Living Room Show
Thursday, July 3, at 8p (Doors open at 7 for our subscribers to enjoy the garden!)

Don’t know Laura? She has her own artist page on NPR Music! (I didn’t know that either.)

A Thursday night concert is a first for us — plus you will need to buy a ticket in advance from Undertow – a music collective that is helping Laura with a multi-city tour this summer.
We will not be selling tickets at the door or accepting donations, but you can still bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the show.

Hope you can join us, helping to support live music … why not buy your ticket(s) now?

Lots of videos on Laura’s site, this one was an immediate favorite for me.

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Come Live with us in Snohomish!

by kgwb on February 27, 2014

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Sitting area, first floor

Compatible roommates wanted to share our large and beautifully cared for home in a renovated church and rectory.
Glorious, award winning garden, walk to Snohomish shops, restaurants, the library, senior center and the river.

Continue Reading …

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blakes_1959For the Blake Family (pictured on the right in 1959), the Christmas season was not over until we celebrated the Epiphany — the arrival of the three kings to the manger in Bethlehem on January 6th, year Zero.

It’s not a national holiday, even though we have most of the world’s rich people, so the obscure Xian event is celebrated on the nearest Sunday. Later, when Mom was on her own, living in Kirkland, we still got together for drinks and a Sunday dinner followed by the distribution the calendars Maxine had accumulated from the many missionaries seeking her prayers and funds.

Brother Pete still brings along calendars to share, but some where along the way to here, the get-together evolved to exchanging books. Then, Claudine’s family, (Warner’s daughter) joined us, and we had a real event to mark: granddaughter Brooke’s birth on New Year’s Eve, 2003! This brings us up to date.

Moving clockwise (and listed in relation to) Warner in the center, we start with Granddaughter Katie (age 14), son-in-law Peter, sister Nancy, brother-in-law Ross, sister-in-law Donna, friend Jan, sister Sara, co-host w/the most Karen, brother Pete, friends Shelly, John, Whitney, nephew Robert, daughter Claudine, and finally birthday girl Brooke, clocking in at 11 years old.

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Family and Friends

by kgwb on December 28, 2013

Beginning with (and listed in relation to) Karen in the center and moving clockwise is granddaughter Natasha, cousin Eric, Kendyal, grandson Jordan, son Chris, Jeff, Sharon, Lya, Kim, Dasa, Sue, daughter Lauren, cousin Trina, 10-second Warner, Sasha, Nancy, Dick, cousin Brian, his father Ron, Bailey, Mike, daugher-in-law Becky, son-in-law Gregory, and grandson Mateo!

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Happy Winter Solstice!

by kgwb on December 18, 2013

Season Greetings from Snohomish, past and present!

You may read all about this historic photo on Warner’s Snohomish Then and Now website — an image recently discovered in a box of glass plate negatives with a yet to be learned origin.

This Saturday is our annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk alongside the Snohomish River from 5 to 7p or so. Followed again this year with a Belly Dance Halfa in our studio, 7 to 10p.
Read all about on Karen’s Yoga Studio website.

Add dinner at Fred’s, and you have all the makings of a wonderful way to celebrate the returning light.

Cheers!
kg+wb

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Video: Saint Helens String Quartet

by kgwb on July 31, 2013


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Phillip Glass: “String Quartet No.4 (Buczak)” composed in 1989 in memory of artist Brian Buczak who died of AIDS in 1988. Read more …

Vanessa Lee: “Approaching Holly” another original composition by a recent graduate of Cornish, this one is about the Hood Canal.

Dvorak: “American String Quartet”, opus 96 in F major, is the 12th string quartet composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 during his visit to the United States. Read more …

Ross Edwards: Enyato I is the first of a series under the same title composed in the early 1990s.
Read more …

The players:
Stephen Bryant, violin
Adrianna Hulscher, violin
Mara Gearman, viola
and Paige Stockley, cello

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Video Clip: Jami in Concert

by kgwb on July 23, 2013

If you attended either one of Jami’s wonderful concerts, please consider sharing your experience with a comment below. Thanks.

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