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.
May 22 - Adam Stern
Adam Stern has been leading the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003. During his tenure he has brought numerous world, U.S., West Coast and Northwest premieres to the Puget Sound community. Stern’s unique programming combines beloved masterworks with must-hear rarities; his programs are not merely concerts, but true musical events. The Port Angeles Symphony, which played under Stern's music directorship from 2005 until 2014, also enjoyed years of tradition and innovation as well as a widely-acknowledged and -acclaimed rise in its musical standards.
Stern was born in Hollywood in 1955. He began his musical studies at age five as a piano student, and began flute lessons two years later. At 15, Stern was accepted at California Institute of the Arts, where he initially majored in flute performance, but changed his major to conducting in his second year at the urging of the late Gerhard Samuel, a noted conductor and educator. Stern was graduated in 1977 with an MFA in conducting at 21, the youngest Masters degree recipient in CalArts’ history.
June 5 - Julio Elizalde
Praised as a musician of “compelling artistry and power” by the Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde is one of the most sought-after and multi-faceted artists of his generation. He has performed in many of the major music centers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to popular and critical acclaim. After three seasons as co-Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival near Seattle, Washington, the summer of 2015 marks Mr. Elizalde’s debut season as Artistic Director of the 32-year-old arts organization. Mr. Elizalde has appeared with many of the leading artists of our time. He tours internationally with world-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams, and Anne Manson. He has collaborated with artists such as violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, baritone William Sharp, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets. Mr. Elizalde is a founding member of the New Trio, with violinist Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Patrick Jee, cellist of the New York Philharmonic. As part of the New Trio, Mr. Elizalde has performed for leading American politicians such as President Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Henry Kissinger, and the late senator Ted Kennedy. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Elizalde received a bachelor of music degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He holds masters and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School.
June 12 - Alan Iglitzin
Alan Iglitzin began his professional career as associate principal viola with the Minneapolis Symphony in 1953 under Anton Dorati, a position he held for six years. It was here that he developed an instant affection and interest in quartet playing. Shortly after he arrived in Minneapolis, Alan was invited to join the Flor Quartet, which was the Quartet-in-Residence at Macalester College. Alan later founded the Arts Quartet, which became the Quartet-in-Residence at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In 1959, Alan became the founding principal violist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The next year, he was invited to join the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Within two years, he became associate principal viola. But Alan’s love for quartet-playing soon took precedence. He became the principal violist of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Director of Chamber Music at the Allegheny Music Festival and for many years was a featured artist at the Aspen Music Festival, where he performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman. With three other members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan founded the Philadelphia String Quartet in 1960. The Quartet served as artists-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After two major series in Carnegie Hall and a performance at the Library of Congress described as “the finest concert of the year,” the Quartet began touring internationally, garnering critical acclaim in every city it visited. The Brussels Le Soir called the Quartet “Un image de perfection,” and the London Telegraph proclaimed the Quartet’s performance as “Magnificent Quartet Playing.” The Quartet left the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1966 to accept a unique position as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Washington, a post they held for 20 years. In 1984, Alan realized his long-held dream and founded the Olympic Music Festival. Alan is a graduate of both Music and Art High School and Long Island University in NYC, and later did graduate work at Hunter College and the University of Minnesota. He was a student of the legendary violist William Primrose. Their work together resulted in a life-long association and warm friendship.
June 19 - Joanne Donnellan
Joanne Donnellan can rightfully lay claim to inspiring and enriching at least two generations of musicians in western Washington State. But the scope of her influence extends so much further, over musical disciplines, geography, and time. Retired since 2001, after a thirty-three year career as a high school orchestra and elementary school string teacher with the Ferndale School District, she is revered for touching the lives of thousands of students through her teaching. Putting her teaching and love of music into practice, she helped form a community orchestra in 1975 which would become the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and served as its Concertmaster for 26 years. Seven years ago, she retired from the WSO Concertmaster post which she held since 1979, proudly watched her son Grant assume the leadership position, and moved to a supporting chair in the first violin section. At the same time, she retired from serving as choir director at Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale after 42 years. But for Joanne, there is no retirement from music education. She mentors her private students with tireless devotion. And she volunteers with the Whatcom Symphony Outreach program to schools, which brings orchestra musicians into county and tribal classrooms to educate and inspire students with music. She has hosted touring international ensembles and performers. On Sundays, she can be heard playing her violin at Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale. Joanne and her husband Jon have two sons, not surprisingly both professional violinists; Grant who is performing tonight, and Glenn, a violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.
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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.