Season's final concert at Maier Hall is Tuesday in Port Angeles
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Kristin Quigley Brye, left, and Erin are among a pair of duos playing Tuesday night in Maier Hall at Peninsula College.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — The music of Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi and other masters will fill Maier Hall, Peninsula College's intimate new venue, Tuesday as four accomplished musicians come to play.

This concert, which finishes Maier Hall's opening season, will showcase violinist Sandra McWalter Payton and pianist Loran Olsen together, followed by violinist Erin Hennessey and pianist Kristin Quigley Brye.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $15 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at

Remaining seats will be sold at the door of Maier Hall, on campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Music lovers can plan on hearing Mozart, Chopin, Albeniz and Grieg from McWalter Payton and Olsen, as well as Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Ravel from Hennessey and Brye.

Hennessey, 18, will graduate in June from Port Angeles High School.

She recently returned from New York City, where she and the school's Roughrider Orchestra performed an Easter Sunday concert at Carnegie Hall. Hennessey has won, among other contests, the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble Competition and the Port Angeles Young Artist Competition, also last year.

Also a performer of traditional Irish music, Hennessey has played with the Black Diamond Fiddle Club and with Port Angeles guitarist and songwriter David Rivers.

Brye, who is earning a musical arts doctorate in orchestral and opera conducting, is an adjunct professor at Peninsula College and has served as music director and conductor for the Port Angeles Light Opera Association.

McWalter Payton and Olsen are both music educators as well as performers.

McWalter Payton, who lives in Bellingham, has added her violin to the Spokane and Whatcom symphony orchestras and the Sunrise Strings Trio.

In 2014, she will celebrate her 50th year as an active Suzuki violin instructor, having taught private violin and viola students as well as workshops in the United States, Canada and England.

Olsen, music professor emeritus from Washington State University, is a Washington State Music Teachers Association Hall of Fame inductee who lives in Port Angeles.

Tuesday's concert replaces the originally scheduled concert by Olsen and Helene Krimsky since, due to unforeseen circumstances, Krimsky cannot appear.

Another series of Maier Hall concerts will start in October, and “we have some very exciting artists lined up for next season,” Peninsula College music professor David Jones added.

The Bottom Line Duo — Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland, the Seattle bass-cello duo originally from Port Angeles — will return.

Also slated are Paul Galbraith, an internationally known classical guitarist, and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra clarinetist Jennifer Nelson and friends, as well as the long-awaited reunion of the Port Angeles String Quartet.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: April 21. 2013 6:27PM
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