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 7 - Scott Gelband
Scott Gelband has been the Executive Director of Seattle Music Partners since January 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of SMP’s business, including fundraising, collaborative development, school relationships, hiring, etc. Scott also works on-site at SMP’s partner schools each afternoon, managing and teaching as the need arises. Prior his work at SMP, Scott served as a corporate finance partner and executive committee member of Perkins Coie. He is an avid musician with years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. Scott graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Philosophy and earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
August 14 - Jamala Henderson
Jamala has been a reporter with KUOW since July 2004. She grew up playing viola in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra under Vilem Sokol. She graduated from The Evergreen State college in Washington, where she focused on film, video and media studies. After several years working in video production, she began to pursue radio while working for the University of Washington's television station, UWTV. After a short stint as a volunteer radio host at KBCS public radio in Bellevue, she took the position of Broadcaster at the Evergreen Radio Reading Service, a radio reading service for the blind.
MUSICAL CHAIRS ARCHIVE
for an archive of past Musical Chairs episodes.
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.
August 21 - Jon Kimura Parker
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker
’s brilliant and versatile career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie to the Beijing Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. This season, Mr. Parker performs as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey, the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Marin Alsop, The Milwaukee Symphony with Lawrence Renes, the IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern, the Naples Philharmonic with Andre Boreyko, and the Minnesota Orchestra with Gilbert Varga. He tours Off the Score with iconic Police drummer Stewart Copeland in the spring of 2016, and throughout the season gives twenty concerts with the newly formed Montrose Trio, featuring violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith. A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. Parker is also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, where he has given world premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Jake Heggie. Jon Kimura Parker has recorded for Telarc and CBC, and on his own label. His new CD Fantasy features Fantasies of Schubert and Schumann, as well as the sensational Wizard of Oz Fantasy by William Hirtz, receiving this praise from Classical Candor: “The reading is riveting. Parker scores with another favorite recording of the year.” “Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, Lee Kum-Sing, Robin Wood, Marek Jablonski and Adele Marcus. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann and their daughter Sophie.