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Mary Lynch oboeMARY LYNCH
Mary Lynch joined the Seattle Symphony as principal oboe earlier this year after having held the position of Second Oboe with the Cleveland Orchestra for the previous two years. She has toured internationally with both The Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Washington, D.C., Lynch earned her M.M. at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes, and her B.M. from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with John Ferrillo. Her awards include The Juilliard School’s William Schuman Prize and the Boston Woodwind Society’s Ralph Gomberg Oboe Award. During recent summers, she has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood Music Center. Her performances at Marlboro have been heard across the country on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Sarah Hall violinSARAH HALL
Sarah Hall, violinist, has soloed with northwest orchestras since her debut at age ten. Her most recent performances include Seattle Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, opening performance for the national radio show, “From the Top”, and a Brahms Double performance with cellist brother Aaron and the Skagit Symphony. Sarah has received numerous awards, which include winning the 2013 Seattle Young Artist Music Festival concerto competition, receiving the coveted Festival Medal.  Music has taken her to Atlanta, Georgia; Washington DC; Kalamazoo, Michigan and to New York City where she received first place in the 2013 ASTA National Solo Competition.  One of her most meaningful performances was participating in the Memorial Concert for her late mentor, Toby Saks. She was delighted to perform in the 2013 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival as a recipient of the Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award and has been a guest on KING FM Musical Chairs and performed on KING FM Northwest Focus Live and Spokane CLASSICAL KPBX. She studies violin with Ronald Patterson, who was a student of Jascha Heifetz, Eudice Shapiro and Manuel Compinsky. She attended the Pre-College Program at Academy of Music Northwest for five years and has received master classes from Midori, Paul Kantor, James Ehnes, William Preucil, and others.  Sarah plays a 1697 Testore generously on loan to her.

In this program by candlelight, classical and jazz artists and friends from classical and jazz realms meld their musical perspectives for the fourth year in an unusual collaboration and festive celebration of the Yuletide season that is guaranteed to generate an abundance of Christmas cheer. Soprano Linda Tsatsanis, flutist Jeffrey Cohan and jazz pianist, clarinetist and flutist Martin Lund team up to bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and art music of baroque and renaissance times. Instrumental musicians have "jazzed up" melodies familiar to them in the style of their day for centuries, and this team's virtuoso improvisations on Yuletide favorites, and their renditions of classical standards will bring together the best of jazz and classical worlds. A completely new program follows last year's immensely popular premiere.

Hailed as “ravishing” (New York Times) and possessing “sheer vocal proficiency, a bright, flexible voice, big but controlled, shaded with plentiful color” (Boston Globe), Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis enjoys an active and diverse career. Ms. Tsatsanis' versatile voice makes her equally comfortable on the opera stage and concert hall while being able to sing intimate renaissance song or world premier performances such as a stunning arrangement made for her, cello and string orchestra of the Preludes of Bach's Cello Suites. Ms. Tsatsanis has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Pacific Musicworks, Orchestra Seattle, Helios Opera, Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has recently been presented by the Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC), Indianapolis Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society, and Magnolia Baroque Festival. Ms. Tsatsanis holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Indiana University. She has a solo album with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories, described as a “seductive recital of the darker sides of 17th-century love” (Gramophone), and can also be heard on recordings by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos. Currently Ms. Tsatsanis lives in Seattle, Washington.

Tom Collier, vibraphoneTOM COLLIER
Director of percussion studies at the University of Washington School of Music since 1980, Tom Collier is a veteran of more than 50 years in music — his first public appearance was at age five, on xylophone, and his first professional performances were made as a nine-year-old marimba virtuoso. Tom has since performed and recorded with his own jazz group and many important classical, jazz, and popular artists, including Bill Frisell, Frank Zappa, Shelly Manne, Laurindo Almeida, Natalie Cole, Mannheim Steamroller, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, The Beach Boys, and too many more to name. In the classical arena, Collier has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony and many other orchestras, and as percussionist with the Los Angeles Repertoire Orchestra, L.A. Contempo Four and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He has presented over 300 jazz concerts in public schools around Washington State for the Arts In Education Program under the auspices of that state's Arts Commission. Collier has released several albums as leader or co-leader beginning with Inner City Records in 1981 and continuing through the present. In 2014, he was awarded a Royalty Research Grant by the University to produce three new recordings in three different settings. In addition, he has recorded several educational albums for Music Minus One and Studio 4 Music. In 1980, Collier was presented with an "Outstanding Service To Jazz Education" award by the National Association of Jazz Educators, and over the past thirty years, he has won twenty five ASCAP Popular Panel and ASCAPlus Awards for his various jazz and percussion compositions. In 2011, the prestigious Adelaide D. Currie Cole Endowed Professorship in the University of Washington School of Music was awarded to Professor Collier for the academic years 2011-2013.

Michael Refvem piano harpsichordMICHAEL REFVEM
Pianist and harpsichordist Michael Refvem has appeared with the Bellingham Festival of Music, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts Winter Piano Institute, Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival, including collaborations with violinist Stefan Jackiw, and in Prague with luminaries Paul-Badura Skoda, Andrei Gavrilov, and members of Prague Philharmonia. Michael has performed as concerto soloist for the Marrowstone Music Festival and Western Washington University and with other orchestras. Mr. Refvem received his bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University, where he worked with Jeffrey Gilliam and is currently staff collaborative pianist. He received his master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Zenon Fishbein and André-Michel Schub. Principal teachers and mentors have also included David Dubal, Craig Sheppard, Heasook Rhee, Jocelyn Stewart, Paul Cohen and Daniel Avshalomov. He has participated in master classes with Stephen Hough, Gilbert Kalish, Jeremy Denk, Margo Garrett, Stephen Drury, Frederic Rzewski and Kurt Muroki. Upcoming performances include recitals and a KING FM live performance with violist Jeremy Berry (Calidore String Quartet), the New York City premiere of Roger Briggs Impromptu at Manhattan School of Music’s Lives of the Piano lecture/concert series, and soloist in a performance of the first Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto for Lake Union Civic Orchestra’s 2016-17 season.

Martin Lund, one of the most diverse musicians in the universe, has played with some of the great blues artists of our time and worked in the studios of LA as a composer, arranger and musician with artists like Mel Torme to Isacc Hayes. His eclectic background has allowed him to move freely through any style of music from classical to rock and from jazz to Broadway. He is equally adept at clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano. Martin is a well-known performer and teacher who produces several of Orcas Island's most popular summer music events, including The One World Music Festival, a musical variety show with Orcas Island's best musicians and top-notch talent from beyond the islands, and the Orcas Island Jazz Festival. Martin graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in both music and music education.

Roxanna Patterson viola ROXANNA PATTERSON
Violist Roxanna Patterson began her professional career at age 16 as a member of the Fort Worth Symphony and the Forth Worth Opera Orchestras. She later attended the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) and played in the Houston Symphony, Houston Opera Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Houston Ballet Orchestra. Her teachers included Ronald Patterson, Eudice Shapiro, Wayne Crouse and Karen Tuttle. In 1979 she moved to Monte Carlo with her husband, Ronald Patterson. There she changed from violin to viola and the couple formed the unique violin/viola ensemble Duo Patterson. A chamber music enthusiast, Ms. Patterson has performed extensively in this capacity. She has also appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and the U.S. In 1984 she received the first Special Award from the Princess Grace Foundation and was recently decorated by Prince Rainier of Monaco with Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Culturel. Ms. Patterson has recorded for the Ante Aeternum, CRI, and Vox labels, and has appeared on European and American television.

Jeffrey Cohan flute JEFFREY COHAN
Flutist Jeffrey Cohan has performed as soloist in 25 countries, both on modern and early transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the present. The winner of many important competitions and awards, he has performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and worldwide for the USIA Arts America Program.  Many works have been written for and premiered by him, including five new flute concerti since 2000.  He is artistic director of the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival in Washington, DC, the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival in the Midwest and the Salish Sea Early Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest. He can "play many superstar flutists one might name under the table" according to the New York Times and is “The Flute Master” (headline) according to the Boston Globe.

Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina is artistic Director of the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival and Chair of Piano Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. She appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, Washington - Idaho Symphony and University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, and performed in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall, Davies Orchestra Hall and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. Upcoming engagements include soloing with the Tacoma Symphony in Bartok's Third Piano Concerto in the fall 2013. Her recent premier performances include works by Marilyn Shrude, Laura Kaminsky, Wayne Horvitz and Bern Herbolsheimer. She has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chiciago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle, and Maine Public Radio. Her recent collaborations have included concerts with the Seattle Chamber Players, Avalon String Quartet, violinist Ian Swensen and cellists Johannes Moser and Anthony Elliott, among others.

Oksana Ezhokina was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Stony Brook University in 2004. She is the pianist of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio), whose recordings for Con Brio label received accolades in multiple international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. A sought-after teacher, she is in demand as an adjudicator and master class teacher, and is Artistic Director of several flagship classical music programs at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, including the International Chamber Music Festival and Institute.

Igor Dekleva is one of the most prominent and active of Slovenian composers, pianists and educators. Born in 1933 in Ljubljiana, Slovenia, he has performed a wide range of repertoire including his own works throught Europe and in the United States, Africa and Asia in more than 1,600 performances as soloist with orchestra, in solo recital, for more than four decades as duo pianist with his wife Alenka Dekleva, and in concert tour with violinist Michael Grube. He was the author, director and performer for two extensive television series about piano masterpieces from the beginnings to now, including "White and Black Keys". "The World's Piano Music" (1975) and "Slovenian Piano Music" (1989). He has made more than 15 LP and CD recordings, many for radio and television. His more than 600 compositions include many works for solo piano, choir and chamber music, and the first published Slovene National Piano School in 8 volumes. Didactic piano literature remains a common thread of his creativity; he recently retired as professor of piano and piano duet at the Slovenian Academy of Music in Ljubliana, where he taught since 1967. He studied in Ljubljana, Sienna, Salzburg and Munich, and has given masterclasses and has been a competition jury member in many countries. He has received numerous Slovenian and international awards and prizes, including the Betetto Award for artistic achievement, the Radio and Television Award of the City of Ljubljana, the Highest Honorary Award of the city of Cleveland, and numerous additional honorary fellowships and memberships worldwide. He was the President of the Association of Slovene Music Artists for many years. He has written over 500 published articles, essays and entries in encyclopedias.

Leonid Keylin, violin, has been a member of the Seattle Symphony since 1991. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, he began his musical education at the age of six, and was accepted at the Special Music School for Gifted Children of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He won numerous awards and prizes, performing as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and other major cities in Russia. After immigrating to the United States in 1979, he graduated from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. He has appeared regularly with Music of Remembrance since its inception, performing on MOR's first CD, Art from Ashes, Vol. 1. He has also recorded for Melodiya, CBS, Angel, Musical Heritage.

currently Professor of Violin at the University of Washington School of Music, Ronald Patterson was a student of Jascha Heifetz, Eudice Shapiro and Manuel Compinsky.  Mr. Patterson has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe since the age of 11, performing 45 works (including 6 world premieres) in more than 150 solo performances with orchestra.  From 1965 to 1999, he was Concertmaster of the Mont-Carlo, Houston, Denver, and Miami symphonies, St. Louis Little Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  He was a founder and Associate Professor of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (Houston, 1974-1979).  Assistant Professor at Washington University (St. Louis, 1967-1971), as well as on the faculty of Stetson University (Florida, 1975-1979), MacMurray College (Illinois, 1966) and the University of Miami (Florida, 1965).  Mr. Patterson has recorded for CRI, ERATO, ORION, VOX, Ante Aeternum, Virgin Classics, Serenus, Philips, and EMI.  A five time First Prize Winner of the Coleman Chamber music Competition, he has performed chamber music with some of the greatest musicians of our day, including Heifetz, Piatigorsky and Szeryng.  In 1998 he was named Officier de l'Ordre du Merite Culturel, one of the Principality of Monaco's highest honors.

Mark Salman, hailed as a "heroic virtuoso," has performed in Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States, including Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall in New York, in performances described as "powerful," "astonishing, exacting, evocative," "wildly imaginative" and "touchingly lyrical".  His performance of Liszt’s transcription of the Beethoven Seventh Symphony was named one of three “Performances of the Year” by Seattle Weekly. His account of his meetings with and playing for Vladimir Horowitz appears in the book, Evenings with Horowitz. Mr. Salman is a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which recently completed its seventeenth season. Recent performances have included his debut at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt in Seattle, three recitals featuring Schubert’s final three sonatas, a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy with Orchestra Seattle, a recital series celebrating Chopin’s 200th birthday, a five recital series commemorating Liszt’s 200th birthday, and numerous concerto appearances throughout the northwest. Mr. Salman has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas on both coasts and in sixteen KING-FM broadcasts. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist.
  Mr. Salman's recordings include two all-Chopin CDs, including his newest release, Chopin’s Intimate Art: The Mazurkas, Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 488 and K. 503 with the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Transcendental Piano, featuring works by Alkan, Beethoven and Liszt, two DVDs in the series Beethoven and his 32 Piano Sonatas – A Musical Universe as well as American Interweave, featuring contemporary American works for cello and piano.  Soon to be released are two recordings of Beethoven sonatas and one of late Schubert sonatas. Also available in limited release are the first four live performances from his 2004-2005 Liszt series and his Beethoven concerto performances with Orchestra Seattle. For more information about Mr. Salman see

Harpsichordist Kyobi Hinami stersreceived her masters in harpsichord performance at the Indiana University Early Music Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, and her bachelors in music education from the Oberlin College Conservatory.  Her teachers have included Elisabeth Wright, Jacques Ogg, Lisa Crawford, and Michael Sponseller.  She has worked as a public school music teacher for the districts of South Euclid-Lyndhurst (OH), South Kitsap (WA), and currently Tahoma in Maple Valley (WA). She spent 2 years teaching at Colegio Granadino in Manizales, Colombia, during which time she was invited to perform as harpsichordist at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota (April 2008).  Kyobi is also a drummer for the Seattle based Japanese taiko group, One World Taiko.

Cellist Douglas Davis has been principal cello with the St. Louis Symphony and for over 30 years with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, as well as the Oregon Bach Festival and at the Bach Academy in Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling. He has played first cello for many fine film scores, including John Williams' "Jurassic Park" and James Horner's "Apollo 13", and recently was guest principal cello for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Double bassist Matthew McGrath is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Pacific Northwest.  A native of Colorado, he received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  Matthew has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Mexico Symphony as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. In the summer Matthew performs with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra and currently performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera.

Violinist Stephen Provine has performed several times for British royalty in major London venues and throughout the United Kingdom. As the second youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he toured Germany, recorded on IMP Classics and performed in the BBC Proms Music Festival. Mr. Provine has been concertmaster of orchestras including the National Children’s Orchestra, Northern Junior Philharmonic, Bach Society Orchestra, Lowell House Opera Orchestra and Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Young Sinfonia, and Orchestra Seattle. Mr. Provine is a graduate of Harvard University..

~ updated November 13, 2014 ~