Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No.3 in E-flat, Op.10
Frederic Chopin Nocturne in B, Op.32/1
Bedrich Smetana The Bartered Bride (hosted by Sue Elliott: part 2)
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60
Richard Wilson Ironies
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.

February 27 - Robin McCabe

Celebrated American pianist Robin McCabe has established herself as one of America’s most communicative and persuasive artists.  McCabe’s involvement and musical sensibilities have delighted audiences across the United States, Europe, Canada, and in seven concert tours of the Far East.  The United States Department of State sponsored her two South American tours, which were triumphs artistically and diplomatically. As noted by the New York Times, “What Ms. McCabe has that raises her playing to such a special level is a strong lyric instinct and confidence in its ability to reach and touch the listener.” The Tokyo Press declared her a “pianistic powerhouse,” and a reviewer in Prague declared, “Her musicianship is a magnet for the listener.”  Richard Dyer, the eminent critic of the Boston Globe, wrote:  “Her brilliant, natural piano playing shows as much independence of mind as of fingers.” Her recordings have received universal acclaim, Her debut album for Vanguard Records featured the premiere recording of Guido Agosti’s transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.  Critics praised it as “mightily impressive.” McCabe, a Puyallup native, earned her bachelor of music degree summa cum laude at the University of Washington School of Music, where she studied with Béla Siki, and her master’s and doctorate degrees at The Juilliard School of Music. She joined the Juilliard faculty in 1978 then returned to the UW in 1987 to accept a position on the piano faculty.  In 1994 McCabe was appointed Director of the School of Music, a position she held until 2009. She has held a Ruth Sutton Waters Professorship and a Donald Petersen Professorship in the School of Music. In addition, McCabe is a dedicated arts ambassador and advocate for arts audience development, frequently addressing arts organizations across the country.

March 6 - Clara Rottsolk

“Pure and shining” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Clara Rottsolk has been lauded by The New York Times for her “clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction” and by The Philadelphia Inquirer for the “opulent tone [with which] every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence.” In a repertoire extending from the Renaissance to the contemporary, her solo appearances with orchestras and chamber ensembles have taken her across the United States, the Middle East, Japan and South America. She specializes in historically informed performance practice, singing with ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, Pacific MusicWorks, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue, Magnificat Baroque, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Piffaro—The Renaissance Wind Band, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Seraphic Fire, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, and the Masterwork Chorus under the direction of conductors including Joshua Rifkin, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, John Scott, David Effron, and Andrew Megill. A native of Seattle, Ms. Rottsolk earned her music degrees at Rice University and Westminster Choir College, and was awarded for musical excellence by the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Northwest Region). Currently she is based in Philadelphia and teaches voice at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.

March 13 - Dan Petersen

Daniel Petersen brings a comprehensive and extensive arts management background to SYSO. Former manager of Orchestra Seattle/ Seattle Chamber Singers, Mr. Petersen was also Executive Director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and manager of the Distinguished Artists Series at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as co-founder of the Choral Alliance of Philadelphia. Besides his classical music background Mr. Petersen has been manager of a Shakespearean theater company and booking and tour contractor for a rock, folk and jazz club outside Chicago. Currently he serves on the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the American Symphony Orchestra League.  

March 20 - Dale Henderson

Dale Henderson began playing cello at age five, and by seven was performing regularly as a soloist. He made his professional debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In 1993, at the invitation of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dale attended the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, and from 1996-2000 Dale earned his BM from the New England Conservatory of Music. Dale now lives in New York City where he teaches and concertizes. He also devotes his time to Bach in the Subways - an international movement which sows the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form and bringing live classical music to those who would not otherwise hear it. 

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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