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 6 - Allan Dameron
Allan Dameron is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a National Merit Scholar. It was there that he fell in love with chamber music, vocal accompanying, and ballet, and it is these collaborative disciplines which have inspired him ever since.
Ten years later, when working as a vocal coach at Chicago Lyric Opera he was assigned to play for ballet rehearsals for Gounod’s Faust under Maestro Georges Pretre’s direction, and thus renewed his affinity for the choreography of Balanchine, who had designed the dances for the Walpurgisnacht Scene. Shortly after, he was invited to become solo pianist for Maria Tallchief’s Chicago City Ballet, where he was later appointed music director. He came to the attention of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell at Pacific Northwest Ballet, who engaged him as pianist and conductor, in which position he has performed most of the active Balanchine repertory on four continents.
As a chamber pianist Allan has performed at numerous chamber music venues such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Gardner Museum in Boston, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music Concerts, the Colorado Music Festival, the Seattle International Music Festival, Second City Chamber Music in Tacoma, and the Vashon Island Chamber Music Series.
February 13 - Michael Jinsoo Lim
Praised by Gramophone for playing with “delicious abandon,” and described as “bewitching” by the Seattle Times, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Recently named concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, Lim is also widely known for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet. In demand as a chamber musician and as a performer of new and experimental music, he is a member of Open End, a New York City-based ensemble specializing in contemporary music and improvisation. As a member of the Corigliano Quartet, Lim has enjoyed critical acclaim across the U.S. and abroad and has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. The Corigliano Quartet has performed in the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The group’s most recent CD was named by the New Yorker as one of the top ten Classical recordings of 2007. Lim received his formal training at Indiana University, where he studied with the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold. While at Indiana, he won First Prize in the school’s Violin Concerto Competition and served on the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. Lim later studied chamber music at the Juilliard School and taught there as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He currently serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches violin and chamber music.
February 20 - Sue Elliott
Sue Elliott is Seattle Opera's Director of Education and its resident crazy Canuck. On the way to directing Seattle Opera’s education and community engagement programs, she counts music lessons, family canoe trips, and farm work among her most formative experiences. Following an OPERA America fellowship in 1999-2000, she made her unintended operatic debut at Houston Grand Opera during curtain calls of Carmen in 2000 and has spent more than 16 years helping make opera matter as an educator, new work producer, community connector, strategic planner, stage manager, event organizer, and idea generator. As a recovering clarinetist and pianist, her investment portfolio includes Music Performance degrees from McGill University, University of Toronto and University of Southern California. She spends her free time on squirrel patrol in the Olympic Sculpture Park with her dog Lilly, staring down at the long black line as a Masters swimmer and appreciating the power and beauty of this musical storytelling called opera.
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.
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.