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 28 - Henry Lebedinsky
Henry Lebedinsky performs on historical keyboards across the United States and the United Kingdom. An avid chamber musician, he is a member of Agave Baroque, The Vivaldi Project, and LUTEFISK, and directs the period instrument ensemble The Seicento String Band. He has also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Charlotte Symphony, The Minnesota Bach Ensemble, The Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Revels, among others. He is the founder of the Music @ St. Alban’s concert series in Davidson, North Carolina, and served as interim Artistic Director of Charlotte Chamber Music, Inc. and Director of Rochester, NY’s The Publick Musick. In addition to performing, Mr. Lebedinsky has taught masterclasses and workshops on historical keyboards and performance practice at The University of Edinburgh's Dashkova Centre for Russian Studies, Bowdoin College, Davidson College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Appalachian State University, as well as at the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Convention. Lebedinsky's sacred music for choir and organ is published by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart, and his editions of vocal works by 17th century nun composers for Saltarello Editions have been performed around the world, most recently in France, South Korea, and Lebanon. His poetry has appeared in Fresh Day Magazine. Lebedinsky holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music in historical organ performance as a student of Peter Sykes. He currently lives in Seattle, where he serves as Music Administrator and Choir Director at Edmonds United Methodist Church.
September 5 - John Weller
Violinist John Weller is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and also plays for Seattle Opera. He has appeared often as Concertmaster for the Symphony Pops Series, as well as for Seattle appearances of Renée Fleming, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Truls Mørk, Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O'Connor, and José Feliciano. Up until the summer of 2012, Weller was Concertmaster for Marvin Hamlisch's many Pops concerts in Seattle. Also a longtime member of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York City, he has found himself on stage with some of the world's most notable soloists of the last 30 years. With that orchestra touring often to Japan, he performed numerous times at the Tokyuu Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo. A native of Portland, Oregon, John began violin at the age of nine. Five years in the Portland Junior Symphony, four with the Oregon Symphony and now many more with Seattle, violin has been the central passion in life. But other such diverse interests as national politics, Ham radio, the Japanese language, sailing, attempts at Haute Cuisine and a crossword puzzle addiction fill out a fulfilling schedule. Performing in over a hundred concerts a year with the SSO, John looks for peace and balance on the waters of Puget Sound. He lives in Seattle aboard his sailboat, '"Poème".
September 11 - Natalya Ageyeva
Natalya Ageyeva has dazzled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, including Italy, Austria, and Israel, as well as on tour in her native Russia. Her performances have also been broadcast several times locally on KING-FM in Seattle and televised in Moscow and Chicago. She has appeared at a broad range of venues, including the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. Her pianism prompted one reviewer to write “Immediately apparent was a tremendous technique at the command of a sharp musical intelligence and fingers of steel.” Ageyeva began formal piano lessons at the age of thirteen when she was accepted by the prestigious Special Music School for Talented Children in Moscow, and graduated with honors in the Masters Program from the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Valeriy Kastelsky. While at the Moscow Conservatory, Ageyeva was offered extensive solo and orchestra appearances throughout the former Soviet Union. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Washington with distinguished pianists Bela Siki and Robin McCabe. She has also worked with well-known pianists John O’Conner, Victor Merjanov, and Helene Grimaud, and collaborated with conductors Vladimir Vais, Alexander Rudin, and Peter Erös. Ageyeva previously taught at Moscow Conservatory and University of Washington, and has adjudicated piano competitions in Chicago and Seattle. Ageyeva is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. It is starting its third successful year of bringing high-level chamber music to the Seattle area. In addition to growing the Foundation, she is currently focusing on her solo career and chamber music performances.
September 18 - Sarah Ioannides
Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Ioannides’ dynamic presence has won praise from audiences and critics internationally with engagements spanning five continents. Recent & upcoming engagements include Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nationale de Lyon, and the Tonkunstler Orchestra. Recently recognized as a ‘conductor with magic,’ she began a five-year tenure with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in 2014, with a world premier written for and performed by Evelyn Glennie by composer Sean O'Boyle. Formerly Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, 2005-11, and current Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ioannides will depart in 2017.
September 25 - 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.
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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.