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 3 - Christophe Chagnard
One of the most sought-after musicians in the Pacific Northwest, French conductor, composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard is an all-around artist acclaimed for his finely etched performances and charismatic approach to music. Equally versed in a vast repertoire of chamber, symphonic, operatic and ballet works of all styles and periods, Chagnard has gained a reputation as an insatiable conductor who can do it all. As co-founder of Northwest Sinfonietta in 1991, Chagnard has built what the Seattle Post-Intelligencer calls “the finest chamber orchestra in the Northwest.” Chagnard performs regularly with some of the biggest names in music, including Lynn Harrell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cecile Licad, Richard Stoltzman, Awadagin Pratt and Lara St. John. Chagnard is also Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, whose recent projects included a collaboration with legendary actor Michael York on the Hovhaness Centennial Celebration at Benaroya Hall and a highly acclaimed performance of Mahler’s 5th Symphony at Meany Hall. Chagnard's international guest appearances include performances in Russia, Japan and Cuba. His awards include the 2006 ArtsFund Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award, the Richard Levy Award for outstanding musicianship for three consecutive years and the Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate Award.
October 10 - Spencer Myer
One of the most important American artists of his generation, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career. His orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. His recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetist David Shifrin, and soprano Nicole Cabell, and with the Jupiter, Manhattan, Miami and Pacifica string quartets. Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. Other teachers include Peter Takács, Joseph Schwartz and Christina Dahl. Myer is also a Steinway Artist.
October 17 - Edwin Powell
Edwin C. Powell maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator worldwide conducting groups from San Francisco, California to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a contributing author for the immensely popular eight volume textbook series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, by GIA Publications, and is published in the Journal of Band Research. Dr. Powell has also been active as a production assistant for the Klavier Wind Recording Project and recently served as the Associate Producer for the Albany Records recording of Bandanna, an Opera in Two Acts by Daron Aric Hagen. Dr. Powell is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is responsible for conducting the University Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band. Additionally, he teaches Conducting and Music Education courses. Dr. Powell comes to PLU via the University of Tennessee, where he was Assistant Director of Bands responsible for the Symphonic Band, the 350 member Pride of the Southland Marching Band, conducting courses and music education methods courses. Dr. Powell has earned degrees from the University of the Pacific, the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music and The University of North Texas where he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting.
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.