Join us for the world premiere of “The Goose Egg”, the tale of an elephant mothering a baby goose, with music newly written by Seattle composer Angelique Poteat, based on the book by Seattle children’s book author and illustrator Liz Wong. Kids will see both the musicians and illustrations from the book on-screen, and the story will be narrated by our beloved Lisa Bergman, host of King FM.
Also on the program is the first African-American composer recognized on the national stage: William Grant Still. His “Dances of Panama” from 1948 incorporate folk melodies of the Caribbean and lively Afro-Latin rhythms. This concert is sure to entertain the whole family!
The Goose Egg
Music by Angelique Poteat
Story by Liz Wong
Dances of Panama
William Grant Still
Plus a special surprise piece!
Book details: if you took advantage of one of our book bundle deals, the book will be sent from Secret Garden Books in Seattle. It will get to you soon!
Pacific Northwest native Angelique Poteat is both a composer and a clarinetist, and is the Director of the Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop for the 2020-2021 Season. Her compositions have been premiered all over the world, including a recent performance of her Cello Concerto by the Seattle Symphony with soloist Efe Baltacıgil. The music for our commission “The Goose Egg” was just completed this year, and she is currently working on a clarinet quintet for Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.
As a clarinetist, Poteat enjoys performing a wide variety of genres, from orchestral to new music for the bass clarinet, and frequently plays with local ensembles such as the Seattle Modern Orchestra. She has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, of which she is the Principal Clarinetist.
On the side, Poteat is a hiker, cyclist, DIYer, and an overall lover of nature. Many of her works are influenced by the natural world around her, often returning to the ocean and Puget Sound area.
Liz Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she spent her early childhood painting and clambering about in mango trees. Winning the first place trophy in her elementary school poster contest encouraged her to pursue art instead of a sensible career in finance like the rest of her family. Liz holds a BFA in Art and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and currently resides in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and son.
Liz Wong has authored and illustrated three books for children: “Quackers” (about a cat who thinks he’s a duck), “The Goose Egg” (about an elephant that finds a goose egg), and her latest, “I Am Not a Penguin: A Pangolin’s Lament”. She has also illustrated a book by Helaine Becker called “Pirate Queen – a story of Zheng Yi Sao”.
A passionate promoter of classical music, Lisa Bergman is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classical KING-FM.
Bergman began her career as a concert pianist, graduating from the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Washington, making her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1983. As American Artistic Ambassadors, Bergman and violinist Ann Christensen were selected by the United States Information Agency to represent the U.S. on a concert tour of New Zealand, Nepal, Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia and China. For eleven years she and pianist Deborah Dewey collaborated as the acclaimed “Ventidita” four-hand piano team.
Bergman is founder of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle and co-founder of NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera). She is the Adult Piano Retreat Director at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Washington, where she served for seven years as the Executive Director. She was Artistic Director of the Methow Chamber Music Festival from 2003-2006. She also served as an Artist in Residence and member of the University of Washington Music Faculty (1989-1999) teaching in the fields of accompanying and opera coaching.
Bergman is a member of the Hall of Fame for the Washington State Music Teachers Association for “extraordinary service, outstanding musicianship, dedication and leadership which have significantly contributed to the development and growth of music education in the State of Washington.”
Secret Garden is a full-service, general bookstore, featuring books for everyone, with a particular specialty in children’s books.
In 2017 they celebrated 40 years of independent bookselling, a huge milestone for this brick-and-mortar independent bookstore, which continues to expand its programming throughout the community including author events, school bookfairs, and cultural events throughout the city.
Located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Secret Garden is within walking distance of cafes, galleries, shops, and, of course, coffee, in every direction! Their knowledgeable staff includes longtime booksellers, and avid young adult and general readers alike, ready to help you select books for yourself or for gifts.