Music Live at One returns to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., on Feb. 12 with a program centered on love poetry from romantic composers.
Heidi Fivash, a classical pianist and soprano, performs at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the 30-minute show featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Amy Beach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and more.
Fivash, an experienced pianist and vocalist and instrumentalist, grew up writing rock songs and playing guitar and singing with Seattle bands and has continued to expand her musical palette in recent years.
She currently works as the piano accompanist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, teaches piano and voice at Port Angeles Music Academy, and is studying with the Music for Healing and Transitions Program to become a Certified Music Practitioner in Therapeutic Music.
Her program features Franz Liszt’s “Liebersträum S. 541, No. 3,” or “Dreams of Love” set to the poem “Notturno” by Ferdinand Freiligrath; Amy Beach’s “Ah, Love, but a day!” based on Robert Browning poetry; Reynaldo Hahn’s “À Chloris” from 20 Mélodies, Book II; Josef Suk’s “Song of Love;” Tchaikovsky’s “Pas de Deux” from “The Nutcracker,” Op. 71 on piano; and Brahms’ “Intermezzo No. 2 in A Major, Op. 118.”
Fivash said Brahms composed six pieces for Clara Schumann, who was married to composer Robert Schumann, one of his friends.
“His love for her can also be heard in this very romantic Intermezzo,” she said.
While it’s not Christmas time anymore, Fivash said Tchaikovsky’s piece from “The Nutcracker” “stands well on its own and is too good to be limited to only a certain time of year.”
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Fivash holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Composition at Western Washington University, where she earned several awards and scholarships including the Presser Scholarship, awarded to just one outstanding music major each year.
Following college, she worked for several years as a piano tuner and technician.
In 2016, Fivash released an indie rock album “Out With The Old” as Heidi Five Ash.
She has also had several art pieces performed in the Seattle area, including two works for string quartet that were finalists in the Seattle Composers Alliance Call For Scores concerts. A new piano solo piece is set to premiere in April with the Ladies Musical Club, too.
Along with these projects, she’s performed with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra as a violist, the Peninsula Singers as a soprano, and the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble as a pianist. She also performs voice and piano at local retirement communities.
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Music Live at One started as a musical outreach program to the community funding local, regional and global concerns at St. Luke’s. The half-an-hour concert in the church sanctuary is followed by dessert, tea and coffee, and camaraderie in the parish hall.
Tickets cost $10 at the door or in advance from the church office 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday. With questions, call 360-683-4862.