News from Olga

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Our latest newsletter is out with important news from Olga. You can read it HERE!

We will be performing one last concert in 2016 at the Foss Home for a New Years party. That makes 23 performances in retirement, memory and long term care facilities in the Greater Seattle area. We could not have done this without your support and we are so grateful for that support. We hope you will consider making a year-end gift, large or small, to Salish Sea Players–it’s tax deductible and safe to donate online through our Shunpike portal.

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Simple Gifts of Music

Salish Sea Players LogoIt’s the start of the 2016 year end drive! Can’t quite believe it’s that time again. I hope you’ll click on the link to read the newsletter about my fun time arranging hymns to play for our concerts.  Here’s a snippet:

…I decided to try and make the hymns work for us. I PlayfordDivisionViolin 1685chose to use Playford’s Division Violin (1685) as my inspiration.

I chose four hymns: “Simple Gifts,” “Holy Holy Holy,” “Amazing Grace,” and “To be a Pilgrim.” I found simple chord progressions and scores on the internet. Now, I am definitely NOT a composer but…

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I am grateful for people like you who’ve supported us and helped us continue in our mission of bringing the simple gift of music to the residents of the retirement, memory and long term care facilities of the greater Seattle area.

I’m asking you now for your continued support, large or small, to help Salish Sea Players keep giving the gift of music. If cash is tight then you can spread the word by sharing this newsletter with someone you know that might be interested in what we do–that would be a big help to us too!

Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Salish Sea Players. It is safe to donate online through our Shunpike portal. Your gift, small or large, helps to bring intimate concerts of Baroque Chamber Music to those in retirement, nursing, memory, and long term care. Donate Now_Vertical Response

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Summer Meet Ups!

Salish Sea Players LogoThis summer saw a lot of concerts happening and some fun meet ups. I met the great horn player Chris Leuba and the “Father of Law Related Education”, Isidore Starr. To find out more read our newsletter that just came out HERE! 

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Spring into GiveBIG 2016!

Our latestSalish Sea Players Logo newsletter is out. I share with you some of my favorite small non-profit performing organizations for you to consider in this Spring time giving campaign. The Seattle Foundation presents GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! A great way to help deserving organizations continue to grow and flourish.

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Happy New Year!!

Salish Sea Players LogoThank you to all of our supporters who’ve given so generously to our 2015 Year End fund drive!! (It’s not too late to donate and receive a tax receipt for 2015!) And, today, those funds were working to bring live music and personal interaction to the residents of the Memory Care unit at Quail Park of Lynnwood!!Linda and Olga, Quail Park Carol singing

It was a festive concert; beautiful decorations with purple highlights adorned the room. Olga and I prepared a duo concert of Telemann, Bach, Mazas, some Bartók (totally cool on gut strings!), a Finnish folk tune (by request), and ended with some Christmas Carols. We asked the audience to sing with us and handed out the lyrics. I was so touched by their singing that I teared up during Silent Night. Their voices got stronger and fuller as we went—Deck the Halls, then Jingle Bells. We ended gently again with Auld Lang Syne. I think they should start a choir!

Linda and Cora Dec 30 2015

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Olga, Elsebeth and family Dec 30 2015

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We perform for the Quail Park residents almost every month—Christine, the Activities Director, is a big believer in the therapeutic power of music, but especially live music. She and Salish Sea Players have worked together since 2012; when she changed venues after a maternity leave she sought us out to bring us to Quail Park. We’ve gotten to know some of the people there—I’ll just mention two. Cora, whose expressive hands move along with the music as we play. Today, she and I sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas”; Elsebeth, a former recorder player and member of Early Music groups from Milkwaukee—today she was joined by her family who share in her love of early music.

 

Thanks again for considering donating to the Salish Sea Players. A gift from you, small or large, helps us continue to give the gift of music to retirement and long-term care facilities of the Greater Seattle area. Donating on-line is easy and safe to do. If you’d rather send a check here’s the link for more information.

Happy New Year!

Linda and Olga

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Year End 2015! Happy Holidays!

Salsih Sea Players LogoHappy Holidays from Salish Sea Players. Our Year End newsletter is out–Olga wrote a lovely article about a very special performance. A new composition was written for Olga and Fred by Theodore Deacon in memory of his father. Hope you enjoy the newsletter. http://p0.vresp.com/ZEOfqh

You can help us keep performing in 2016 with a tax deductible gift (small or large–it’Donate online!s all good!) A donation to a worthy cause like Salish Sea Players makes a great holiday gift.

Linda Olga and Fred perform Dec 1 2015

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Hot Days of Summer 2015

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Our latest newsletter is out and you can read it here:  http://p0.vresp.com/5MtuRM

We performed 10 concerts in July, 7 duo and 3 trio concerts. We’ve never done that many in one month. It was fun and memorable.

One memory is of performing for Columbia Lutheran Home. I am always struck bLinda, Olga, Laura--Salish Sea Playersy the atmosphere when I enter the building–there is a sense of joy in the air. The audience was very involved from the very beginning, even before the concert started. Comments about the programs I was handing out, what did our name mean, how long have we been doing this. Once the concert started the questions kept right on coming–about the music, about the instruments, and about us. After the show  people lingered for a very long time to talk with us and each other. I loved the energy, the enthusiasm! What a fun performance, and I can’t wait to return to Columbia Lutheran!

To read a little Donate online!more about our month of concerts just go to the newsletter. And if you would like to help us continue to bring Baroque chamber music to the long-term care facilities of the greater Seattle area, it’s easy and safe to do through Shunpike, our fiscal partner. Or go to our page “Donate Now” for more information.

Hope the rest of your summer is great!

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May 5th is GiveBIG day!

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Tomorrow is GiveBIG day in Seattle sponsored by tGiveBIG logohe Seattle Foundation. This is the first year that Salish Sea Players will participate! Please read our newsletter to learn more! http://p0.vresp.com/gqpKve

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Music of the Heart

Salish Sea Players LogoJanuary 29, 2015: We played two concerts today at the Foss Home. One concert was for the cottages, an assisted living area that feels like a little village. The courtyard is where they hold their annual Farmers Market. After that show we moved to a memory care unit. I found this day of concerts to be moving and again, a confirmation of how important it is to continue presenting these concerts.

The concert in the cottage was a very cheerful crowd. Questions kept flying at us (which we love) during the whole show. A lot of laughter and exuberant applause. At the end of the concert we received one of the nicest comments: “Coming to this concert was like being Foss Home Logoinvited to the most wonderful party.” It did feel like a party!

We moved to the memory care unit for our next concert. We perform for this unit a lot and we get to recognizing many of the residents. One in particular has caught my eye on the last several visits. This resident is basically non-verbal—I’ve approached her every time we visit and she looks at me like she’s not sure who or what I am. But I have been convinced that she was participating in her own way. This concert she wheeled herself very close to us and I observed her squeezing her eyes closed with a great intensity. After the concert I asked her if she liked the music and at first it was that ‘who are you’ loMusic of the Heart-Foss Home Logook –but then she nodded YES! The Activities Director and I were surprised, happily. I asked her another question about the music and she suddenly flashed us a brilliant smile—it made my knees weak.

I learned that day that the Foss memory care unit is going to participate in the individual ipod project and that several of the residents, including the resident that flashed us the smile, are in line to receive one of the ipods! You may have heard of this sort of thing from the movie “Alive Inside.” The Foss Home calls their project “Music of the Heart” and they are looking for donations of ipods, cds, and itunes gift cards. If you’d like to help out here’s  more information:

http://fosscare.org/files/Fall2014Newsletter.pdf or http://musicandmemory.org/

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Linda-Welk, Earthquakes, and Bach

Salsih Sea Players LogoThe final few days of 2014 and the final few days of our year-end fundraiser. We’ve been awed by the generosity of our supporters–people like you. In our current newsletter Linda reminisces about how she got started on the violin and remembers a visit to Ida Culver House-Ravenna. Here’s the link: http://p0.vresp.com/ccLBOk

Little LindaWe’ve enjoyed remembering “the way we were” and we hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Music often inspires memories long forgotten, memories both sweet and bitter-sweet. And when we play for the residents of long-term care communities we often hear about those memories. Please join us–help us to inspire memories by donating to the Salish Sea Players. It’s tax deductible and easy to do online through our fiscal partner Shunpike.                                        Donate Now

BTW, if you prefer to send a check that’s fine too. Just make sure the check is made out to:  Salish Sea Players c/o Shunpike

The mailing address is:  Shunpike,  220 2nd Ave. South,  Seattle, WA 98104

Another way you can help is to let a friend know about us. Pass it on! And Happy 2015!!

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