Tomaso Albinoni - Oboe Concerto in B-flat, Op.7/3
Ralph Zurmuhle The Train
Zdenek Fibich Symphony No.3 in E minor, Op.53
Peter Hallock Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem
Musical Chairs 

Join us Fridays at 7pm for Musical Chairs, hosted by Michael Brooks. Each week Michael chats with a member of the Pacific Northwest classical music community and plays some of their favorite works, sharing stories and background. Fascinating people sharing great music--every Friday night.

August 29 - Brooks Tran

A native of the Pacific Northwest, pianist Brooks Tran began playing the piano at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Patricia Michaelian. Tran has performed throughout the United States as well as on the air on 98.1 KING FM. He won the annual UW Concerto Competition and was a finalist at the Ladies Musical Club competition, and was featured as a soloist with the University Symphony and the UW Wind Ensemble. Tran also recently performed Chopin’s 24 Préludes live with innovative dance group Compagnie Marie Chouinard of Montreal. Tran is an avid chamber musician, collaborating regularly with chamber partners; he formed the Erös Trio in 2010, and has worked with internationally acclaimed groups, including the Claremont Trio, Cuarteto Casals, and members of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Tran is also the co-founder and artistic director of Parnassus Project, a chamber collective presenting a new, dynamic approach to the classical concert experience. Additionally, he is very involved with contemporary music and is a core member of Inverted Space, the UW Modern Ensemble. Tran recently participated in the Atlantic Music Festival and Seattle Piano Institute and has worked with Bruce Brubaker, Gabriel Chodos, Robin McCabe, and Christopher O’Riley. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts, studying with Craig Sheppard. Mr. Tran maintains a private teaching studio, and he is also involved in musical projects outside the classical world.

September 5 - Sarah Ioannides

Sarah Ioannides is the new music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Ioannides' dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audiences and critics alike for bringing fresh ideas, original programs and exciting performances to orchestras across the globe. Sarah Ioannides’ conducting engagements span five continents with recent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. She has also guest conducted the Orchestra Nationale de Lyon, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Västerås Sinfonietta and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. A passionate director of vocal & choral music she has conducted a​nd recorded with the RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, and Bachakademie, Stuttgart. Her recording with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Lara St. John was reviewed by Gramophone music magazine as “directed with panache by Sarah Ioannides”, which features the Suite from the Red Violin by John Corigliano and two world premieres.

September 12 - Byron Schenkman

Byron Schenkman has recorded more than thirty CDs of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music.” Schenkman made his New York recital debut on modern piano in 2009 and his playing was described in The New York Times as “sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.” He is a member of the new period instrument ensemble Gut Reaction and has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also appears frequently in recital with violinist Ingrid Matthews, with whom he co-founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1994. Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his master’s degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He currently teaches at Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2012 he also served as guest lecturer in harpsichord and fortepiano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

September 19 - Aidan Lang

Aidan Lang becomes Seattle Opera’s General Director Designate in March, 2014 and succeeds Speight Jenkins as the company’s third General Director six months later. Mr. Lang is currently General Director of New Zealand Opera. Ever since he took leadership of the company, in 2006, he has striven to ensure that every production is theatrically stimulating and musically ambitious. Working collaboratively is a top priority for Lang, and during his tenure New Zealand Opera implemented a series of collaborations with such companies as Glyndebourne, Opera North, and Welsh National Opera, bringing exciting productions from directors Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Jenůfa), Tim Albery (Macbeth), and Christopher Alden (Turandot) to New Zealand. Prior to leading New Zealand Opera, Aidan Lang held artistic leadership positions at Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. Concurrent with these leadership positions, Lang was a sought after freelance director working around the world. Among other productions, he directed the first Brazilian production of Wagner’s Ring at the historic Teatro Amazonas in Manaus. As Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival, Lang expanded the Festival to include Baroque and contemporary music, tripled its audience attendance, and delivered significant operating surpluses in each year. He was a key part of the triumvirate senior management team at Glyndebourne, where he held dual positions for nine years. Concurrent with his positions at Glyndebourne, he was appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of Opera Zuid, a newly created touring company based in the Netherlands. Born in 1957 in the UK, Lang is a graduate of The Tiffin School and the University of Birmingham. He will relocate to Seattle with his wife of 23 years, the former soprano Linda Kitchen, and their 16-year-old daughter, Eleanor. In addition to his operatic leadership skills and international directing experience, Lang is an accomplished musician, having studied clarinet since the age of 8. 

Musical Chairs host Michael Brooks came to Seattle from the East Coast more than 20 years ago. It didn't take long for Mike to become enthralled with the Northwest's nature and hospitality. He joined KING FM in the spring of 2007 and has enjoyed the return to his "radio roots." His first radio job was at a classical station in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.   

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