Magnolia's Serendipity Cafe wins free performance by Seattle Symphony Musicians

The Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) selected the winner of its Musical New Year Concert Contest after a month-long Facebook competition. Locally-owned Serendipity Cafe, in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, won a free concert by a duet of symphony musicians on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re humbled to be part of such a welcoming community and are looking forward to giving back,” said Tim Hale, chair of the SSOPO. “It’s a great opportunity to thank the community and to bring our music to those who may not have yet experienced it.”

Symphony musicians Elisa Barston, principal second violinist, and Efe Baltacıgil, principal cellist, will perform a Beethoven duo and chamber music at the complimentary concert. Located at 3222 West McGraw Street in Seattle, Serendipity Café will accommodate 60 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis for the concert.

“I’ve been taking my daughter to Serendipity for sweet treats for years and am thrilled that it won our concert contest,” said Elisa Barston, principal second violinist and Magnolia resident. “I am looking forward to performing for my fellow Magnolia residents.”

Serendipity Café is a family-oriented restaurant that offers a child playroom and gluten-free and vegan desserts. Founded by Seattle moms Nanette Baker and Jen Young, the café is inspired by European cafes and bistros, offering a variety of fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Serendipity Café has created a great atmosphere for families,” added Jennifer Godfrey, bassist and Magnolia resident. “It’s businesses like Serendipity that make Magnolia a great place to live and one of the reasons a number of symphony musicians call this neighborhood home.”

Throughout the month of December, fans were invited to “Like” a status on the SSOPO Facebook page. Serendipity was randomly selected as the concert winner in January. For more information about the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization, visit or
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