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.
February 12: Allen Vizzutti
Allen Vizzutti first learned the trumpet from his father, Lido Vizzutti. At age 16, Vizzutti won the concerto competition and was awarded first chair in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen. He has performed in 60 countries with an array of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, and The NBC Tonight Show Band. Performing as a classical and jazz artist, he has appeared as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the globe. Vizzutti has also performed solo at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreux Jazz Festival, the Charles Ives Center and the Lincoln Center in New York. He has also performed on more than 150 motion picture soundtracks.
Vizzutti has composed many orchestra works which led to world premieres by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and the Tonight Show Orchestra, as well as recorded works by the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Woody Herman Band, the Summit Brass and the London Symphony Orchestra.
February 19: Wesley Schulz
Conductor Wesley Schulz is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances as well as building orchestras and growing audiences. In constant demand, Schulz is Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and serves as Director of Orchestras at the University of Puget Sound.
In 2014-2015 Schulz was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Auburn Symphony and the Juneau Symphony. Schulz made his Seattle Symphony Orchestra debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov.
February 26: Marcus Tsutakawa
Marcus Tsutakawa began his teaching career as a Japanese teacher, but became the Garfield Orchestra director in 1985. Over the years, he has worked very closely with the award winning Jazz Band Director Clarence Acox to create one of the best high school music programs in the world. In fact, the Garfield Symphony Orchestra won the "Best Orchestra" Award from Down Beat Magazine in both 1999 and 2007.
In addition to his duties at Garfield, Tsutakwawa is also involved with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, which have toured in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 1992, Tsutakawa received the Prix de Martell award, from Martell Cognac Int'l, recognizing "Champions of Classical 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.