Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 "Jupiter"
Claude Debussy (tr. Kondonassis) Valse romantique
Giacomo Puccini Commentary: Turandot: Act I
Anton Bruckner Symphony No.5 in B-flat
Frederick Speck The Morning Trumpet
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.

October 9 - Jeremy Matheis

"Jeremy D. Matheis is a conductor, vocal coach, clinician, and vocalist based in Seattle, WA, and his experience in music is broad, embracing conducting, barbershopping, teaching, singing, and Church music. Mr. Matheis is currently Conductor & Artistic Director for Choir of the Sound, a one hundred-voice community choir based in Shoreline, and Director of Music at Bothell United Methodist Church where he leads four different ensembles. Jeremy continues to sing weekly and is the Associate Director of the Saint Mark’s Compline Choir, and is Festival Co-Chair for the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium's Seattle SINGS! festival, set to happen this October 8-10 at Saint Mark's."

October 16 - Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean is a name that is very familiar with our opera listeners who have enjoyed his expert commentary as one of the hosts of our opera broadcasts. He was also the producer and Quizmaster for "OperaMania!" on KING FM, a trivia gameshow featuring teenage opera enthusiasts which he presented for three seasons. Jonathan has been working at Seattle Opera since 1995 and is currently responsible for Seattle Opera's social networking, forging and maintaining the company's relationship with journalists and media outlets, and overseeing Seattle Opera's in-house publications, including the English captions that appear above Seattle Opera's stage. Jonathan will share some of his favorite recordings including Janácek' Sinfonietta, Dvorák's "American" Quartet, Lully's "Marche pour la Cérémonie Turque", Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, Sibelius' Symphony No.5, Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte", and Zhao Jiping/Zhao Lin's "Distant Green Valley."

October 23 - Wayne Horvitz

Wayne Horvitz took piano lessons briefly as a child. At 13, he received a few classical guitar lessons; he found the style unsuitable and quit. A year later, influenced by the records of blues pianist Otis Spann, he took up the piano again. From that point, he was largely self-taught. Horvitz made a name for himself in the '80s by playing with some of the leading lights on the downtown New York-based experimental/improv scene, including Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and others. His most famous association was with saxophonist/composer John Zorn as a member of the latter's band, Naked City. Horvitz-led ensembles included the President, the Horvitz/Morris/Previte Trio, and Pigpen.

By the mid-'90s, Horvitz had moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest; his primary band became the Seattle-based Zony Mash (Horvitz; Timothy Young, guitar; Keith Lowe, bass; Andy Roth, drums). Their organ-based, groove-oriented music incorporates some "outside" elements, but largely avoids the avant-garde tendencies characteristic of Horvitz's New York work. Besides Zony Mash, Horvitz continues to perform in other contexts, leading the Four Plus One Ensemble and Ponga. Horvitz has also recorded for the Songlines, Knitting Factory, Elektra/Nonesuch, Sound Aspects, and Black Saint labels..


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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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