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Second Sunday concerts surround Seymour Conservatory with sound

January 1, 2016


Soaring glass dome resonates monthly with live performances from outstanding area musicians

Satisfy your urge for a Sunday afternoon sensory experience with a monthly visit to Metro Parks’ W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park.

The Second Sunday Concert Series offers a menu of acoustic sounds to suit various tastes including folk, rock, pop, blues and jazz. Live performances take place on the second Sunday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

It’s a great way to take in the latest Conservatory exhibit of exotic and seasonal flowers and foliage while treating your ears to the sounds of noteworthy soloists, duos and trios. Take a seat in the middle of the antique greenhouse or stroll around and listen while the music plays.

Conservatory Second Sunday Performer

The next event, on Jan. 10, features Geoffrey Klok, a classically trained guitarist and singer who writes his own music and teaches guitar through Metro Arts. His repertoire is wide-ranging and includes both jazz and bluegrass.

On Feb. 14, the Conservatory hosts singer-songwriters Hanna Broback and Allan Boothe. On March 13, listen to Sweet Mary, a Gig Harbor-based guitarist who plays folk, country and blues. On April 10, enjoy the Good Vibes Trio, with jazz standards rendered on vibraphone, bass and drums.

On hot summer days, the shows move out of the Conservatory to the nearby gazebo, where seating is shaded by adjacent red oaks. That’s likely to happen on July 10, when saxophonist Kareem Kandi performs with his popular jazz trio.

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The Second Sunday Concert Series began in 2003 as a way to broaden the appeal of the Conservatory as a cultural asset. The program benefits from the support of the W.W. Seymour Conservatory Foundation. Kathleen Plato, the foundation’s immediate past president and current secretary-treasurer, said the foundation’s mission parallels that of the conservatory: to connect people with the natural world. “We hope we draw in different people who may not have thought about going to the Conservatory because they think it’s just a greenhouse,” she said. “We want to use this beautiful space for more. … It’s an interesting, intimate venue for musicians.”

Visitors of all ages are welcome. As many as 100 have turned out for past performances, but some concerts seem like private affairs, said Glenn Peterson, a foundation member who attends regularly. Peterson, for one, would like to see more people stop by the Conservatory on second Sundays to at least check out the sounds inside. “I just walk around and if I like what I hear, I stay,” he said. Tastes vary, and musicians expect visitors to come and go. “So you don’t have to feel bad if you leave.”

Second Sunday Concert Series

What: Outstanding area musicians perform at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month

Where: W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 S. G. St. in Wright Park

Cost: Free admission. Suggested $3 donation.

Partial schedule (expect performances to be added):

  • conservatory-logo-300x100Jan. 10, Geoffrey Klok
  • Feb. 14, Hanna Broback and Allan Boothe
  • March 13, Sweet Mary
  • April 10, Good Vibes Trio
  • May 8, Gina Belliveau
  • July 10, Kareem Kandi Trio
  • Sept. 11, Kathye Long
  • Nov. 13, The Winterlings
  • Dec. 11, Eugenie Jones

Learn about W.W. Seymour Conservatory.

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