Saturday, May 20, 2023: Premiere of “Dry Falls” by Martin Kennedy

Mark your Calendars for a very special event in Soap Lake, Washington! On Saturday, May 20 at 4:00 pm, we will play a brand new work written for us by renowned composer Martin Kennedy. Co-commissioned with the Friends of the Lower Grand Coulee, this wonderful new piece evokes the magnificent landscape carved out by the Missoula Floods some 15,000 years ago.

We recently discussed the piece and the commisioning process with Scott Cowan on the Explore Washington podcast.

It will be paired with the premiere of the last movement of Michael Young’s “Prelude Music” and our new favorite piece from the archives, an early nineteenth-century suite by Portuguese composer A. de Abreu.

The event will take place at the Lakeside Bistro, Soap Lake Natural Spa and Resort. The event is free to the public. Tickets may be reserved online at

In 2020, we were awarded a grant through the Friends of the Grand Coulee to engage composer Martin Kennedy to write a suite for two guitars. Neil and Tamara set out on their tandem bicycle along with Martin (also an avid cyclist) to experience the Grand Coulee area. Inspired by the magnificent terrain, Martin wrote Dry Falls a six movement suite that portrays the magnificence of the Lower Grand Coulee landscape.

Andy Kovach, President of Friends of the Lower Grand Coulee, said this event is exactly how we want to promote creativity and build connections in the small, rural communities of Soap Lake and the Lower Grand Coulee

Oleg Timofeyev, Master of the Russian Seven-String Guitar: Performances in Ellensburg, WA, February 26 & 27, 2023

Guitar in the Gallery Presents:

The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar


Polonaise melancholique                                               Ignatz von Held (1766-1814)

Air with Variations and Rondo                                Anon. (Polish MS)

Kozak                                                                         Anon. (Madame Diehl’s MS)

KozaqueAir Russe                                                    A. Swientitsky (Moscow, ca. 1803)

Folie d’Espagne                                                          Andrei Sychra (1773–1850)

God Save the Tsar!

Cachucha                                                                     Pietro Pettoletti (ca. 1795-ca. 1870)

L’illusion perdue and the Orphan’s song                   Nikolay Alexandrov (1818-1884)

Polonaise in E Major                                                  Michał Ogiński (arr. by Sychra)

Polonaise in G Minor                                                            


Ukrainian Song                                                          Mikhail Vysotsky (1791-1837)

Fantasia “At the Seashore”                                       Vasily Sarenko (1814-1881)

Ukrainian Dance                                                                  

Spanish Serenade                                                       Matvei Pavlov-Azancheev (1888-1963)

The Zulu Procession


Songs and Dances from the USSR                            Mikhail Gorbunov  (ca. 1930)

Dr. Oleg Timofeyev is a master of the late nineteenth-century seven-string guitar for which a wealth of repertoire was composed during the height of the Russian empire – in the age of the Czars. A world-renowned expert on this instrument and its music, Oleg will be publishing his research through Duke University press in the near future.

Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2:00 in Gallery One: Guitar in the Gallery Presents!
Oleg will play Music from the Age of Czars played on a late 19th century seven-string historic instrument. Admission by sugggested donation, $10.

While in Ellensburg, Dr. Timofeyev will also be presenting two additional events at Central Washington University:

1. Lecture/Recital: The Seven-String Guitar in the Russian Empire  
Mon. Feb. 27, CWU Recital Hall, 1:00pm

In this lecture-recital, Dr. Timofeyev traces the origins of the seven-string guitar to the milieu of Czech and Polish musicians who found themselves in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the 1790s.  He then describes through music and slides the rich culture of the Russian Empire seen through images of the seven-string guitar literature, paintings, and memoirs. Finally, the 1917 Revolution brings the glory of the seven-string guitar to an end and ushers in a new approach to music.  

2. Film Showing: “The Gypsy Vengerka” (2022, 90 mins)
Mon. Feb. 27, Museum of Culture & Environment, Dean Hall Museum lobby, 5:30pm

In this new film, Romani (“Gypsy”) musicians take center stage as Dr. Timofeyev and his film crew document the importance of the Romani in Russian and Soviet culture. “The Gypsy Vengerka” (2022, 90 mins) will followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Timofeyev (and possibly members of the Romani via zoom).

Mark your Calendars! 2023 Guitar in the Gallery Concerts

Happy New Year! Join us on the following Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.

We are excited to announce upcoming concerts at Gallery One in beautiful downtown Ellensburg, WA. Concerts take place in the acoustically-stunning Evelith Green gallery atrium on the third floor at Two O’Clock on Sunday afternoons. Concerts are by donation and open to the public. Thank you to our sponsors and audience donors for making this series possible.

Our April concert with Jessica Papkoff will be rescheduled to the 2023-2024 season at Gallery One. We look forward to sharing more great music with you in the Fall!

A Quick Update

We are working on bringing more wonderful guitar music to the Kittitas Valley community and beyond! Over the pandemic, we have been rehearsing a lot of new music – both from early nineteenth century archives and music written by living composers especially for the Caulkins Guitar Duo.

Hard at work in our living room/studio!

Tentative dates for the Guitar in the Gallery series follow. Concerts will still take place on Sundays at 2:00 pm in the acoustically-resonant atrium upstairs at Gallery One, 408 N Pearl St. in Ellensburg, WA.

Mark your Calendars for 2022-23:

Sunday, Nov. 13: Caulkins Duo playing early Romantic music for their new CD. Music by Varlet, Courmont, Arbreu, and Würfel!

Sunday, Feb. 26: Oleg Timofeyev, Russian 7-string guitar with music from the Age of Czars

Sunday, April 2: Jessica Papkoff, Spanish classics

Sunday, April 30: Caulkins Duo – back with new music written especially for us – several premieres!

Sunday, June 5 at 4:15 pm Anniversary Concert at Volunteer Park

Thirty nine years!

To celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, we will be playing music on our early 19th century guitars at the Conservatory in Volunteer Park, Seattle, a place that has been special to us over the years. The program will include the first performance in the U.S. of a Duo by W.W. Würfel and a wonderful “Caprice” by A.H. Varlet.

We can host an audience of twenty-three. If you would like to attend, please send a check for $20 or more (proceeds will be donated to the conservatory) to POB 1676, Ellensburg, WA 98926 and we will hold a spot for you!

The Volunteer Park Conservatory has excellent acoustics for early romantic guitars!

Elizabeth Brown to Perform in the Guitar in the Gallery Series on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Elizabeth Brown will perform in the Eveleth Green Gallery in Gallery One in Ellensburg on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm as part of the Guitar in the Gallery Series. She will be performing works by Sanz, de Murcia, Jacquet de la Guerre, Sor, Holland, Villa-Lobos, Flippin, and Kruisbrink for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitar. Elizabeth teaches guitar at Pacific Lutheran University. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Concert for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society on Sat. April 30, 2022

We will be performing for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society on April 30, 2022 at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. in Seattle’s Wallingford district. The first half will feature early 19th-century guitar duets that we’ve found in European archives played on original period instruments. The second half will present a series of modern works, largely written for us, including the world premier of the three-movement “Prelude Music for Two Guitars” by Michael Young.

On May 1st at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Neil will be presenting a lecture demonstration on the role of improvisation in early 19th-century guitar music with a special focus upon cadenzas. We hope you can join us.

We’re back! Presenting John Paul Shields, Guitarist, Sunday, 2:00 pm March 27, 2022

Join us for a concert of classical and Peruvian guitar music with solo guitarist John Paul Shields in the acoustically fabulous third floor atrium at Gallery One, 409 N Pearl St., in Ellensburg, on Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 pm. Suggested donation $10.

John Paul Shields, Guitarist

John Paul has performed worldwide in a colorful array of settings, from public festivals in Peru to Seattle’s esteemed Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya, to live on radio and television. A graduate of the University of Washington in classical guitar, with a masters in guitar performance from the University of Idaho, J. P. has also studied in Peru, where he learned the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. John Paul worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Mejía and the legendary Ayacuchan guitarist Raúl García Zárate.

Contact concert organizers Neil or Tamara at with questions. The space is accessible via elevator. Hope to see you there!