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Relax, We Have Just the Right Music



Classical KING FM is your calm in the storm. You can depend on our great music every day of the year. No stress, no politics, just your favorite music.

We are sure you won’t be surprised to hear that research shows this music is an effective aide in helping improve sleep patterns and reduce stress.  We all need help with that.  It’s also true that having the right soundtrack for the office, whether at home or at work, is as mind clearing as yoga, as much of a breath of fresh air as a hike in the mountains.   Break through the mental blocks, shove distraction into the corner, feel refreshed, and use Classical KING FM as your pathway to a clearer mind… and a more productive and lower stress day.

Your Support Matters

The classical music you hear on KING FM is your indispensable daily soundtrack. It calms, uplifts, and creates peace. Without the public’s support, this great music would not be available. In fact, 79% of our funding comes from our listeners. This is music worth supporting, isn’t it? Your donation right now can make such a difference. Make this your moment.

Classical Music at Work

Of course, we are there for you on the radio at 98.1, but we also have a growing library of on-demand music for you, available on your computer, phone, smart tv or tablet.   Here are some of our favorites, chosen especially for you by our KING FM hosts, to create the perfect at-work soundtrack!  Not too sleepy, not too bombastic, it’s just right!

KING FM’s Evergreen Channel is our station that plays music specifically designed to reduce stress and to aid in keeping your focus.  Listen online right now, or use the KING FM Smartphone app to listen just about anywhere.

Here’s a collection of pieces that could do wonders for you from the KING FM NW Focus Live archives.   Local performers, great performances.  Perfection.

We also recommend our playlists designed for reading.  You’ll find several of them here.

Your Support Matters

The classical music you hear on KING FM is your indispensable daily soundtrack. It calms, uplifts, and creates peace. Without the public’s support, this great music would not be available. In fact, 79% of our funding comes from our listeners. This is music worth supporting, isn’t it? Your donation right now can make such a difference. Make this your moment.

Perfect for Families


Spending time with children can, of course, be rewarding,  but hectic comes to mind as well!  Classical KING FM is a soundtrack for home, the car or at work, with music that helps you find your center and helps you relax.  You also know it’s music you can share with all the children in your life.  What a gift for all of you.  Join us on the radio, but we also recommend these on-demand classical music options.

Listener Supported Classical Music

Preserving the legacy of classical music for future generations takes support from the community. Over 79% of KING FM’s funding comes from listeners like you and that means ongoing programs such as Explore Music with Lisa Bergman and providing 17 instrument petting zoos in 2016-2017 that reached 2,701 children and their family members. Classical music matters. Arts education matters. Build a legacy for generations today and tomorrow by becoming a KING FM member today.

Young Artist Awards

The KING FM Young Artist Awards, presented in partnership with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and now in its sixth season, strives to give talented young musicians a bigger stage. This competition is one element of our promise to the community of more support for arts education, community partnerships with the arts, and more live broadcasts. The competition is open to musicians (solo instrumental, vocal, or chamber groups) ages 6-20 in two age divisions – 1) ages 6-15 and 2) ages 16-20. Through a combination of world-class judges and listener votes, 10 finalists are chosen and perform live on the air before a winner in each of two age divisions is crowned. Click here for more information.

The 2017 Young Artist Awards competition is presented by Classical KING FM 98.1 in partnership with BECU and the Seattle Chamber Music Society

Kid Friendly Classical Music for the Car

 


What better way to acclimate young ears to the glorious strains of classical music than by tuning in to KING FM? Lay the foundation gently: put classical music on in the background as you make dinner. Play it in the car as you’re driving to soccer practice. It’ll simply become a part of their lives, a daily soundtrack. If you’re interested in classical music, they’re apt to appreciate it, too.

Make it a Bedtime Lullaby

 


Tired of standard fare when putting your children to bed? Have them fall asleep, instead, to classical music. Good tunes to make that happen? Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.  You’ll find all those works, and more, on our on-demand classical music relaxation centered Classical KING FM Evergreen Channel. Turn on the night light AND the Evergreen Channel. They’ll be snoozing in no time. (Plus you’ll be opening their ears and minds to the wonderful world of classical music.  A gift for a lifetime!)

Enjoy this Family Friendly Playlist as Chosen by the Hosts of KING FM



Don’t start with Charles Ives for a 3-year-old. Don’t even start with Beethoven’s 9th. They need to grow into those things. Start with the classics we know they’ll like, for example, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, and Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite #1: Les Toreadors.  Our always updating playlist above should do the trick.  It will do wonders for you, too.

Music for Dinner, including Explore Music with Lisa Bergman

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Tune in every night during dinner, then, at 6 they’ll hear Explore Music,  a two-minute listening adventure packed with fun facts and stories about great classical music!

Browse our Explore Music archive to hear all of the episodes on-demand, anytime!

Have the Kids Play Along



The little ones want to bang pots and pans to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man? Tell them to knock themselves out! They want to dance to Johann Strauss’s polkas? Okay! Do they want to play-act after hearing Mendelssohn’s Wedding March? Make it so. When kids are allowed to play along to the music, they’ll begin to see that music as an ice cream-like treat rather than a broccoli-like prescription.

Listener Supported Classical Music

Preserving the legacy of classical music for future generations takes support from the community. Over 79% of KING FM’s funding comes from listeners like you and that means ongoing programs such as Explore Music with Lisa Bergman and providing 17 instrument petting zoos in 2016-2017 that reached 2,701 children and their family members. Classical music matters. Arts education matters. Build a legacy for generations today and tomorrow by becoming a KING FM member today.


What’s your preference? Family friendly classical music? Relaxing music? Intellectually stimulating music? Modern classical? Classical music in the Northwest? Click one of these links for content curated for you.


Intellectually Stimulating Music!


Like you, we love classical music.  It’s the perfect soundtrack for so much of our lives.  At times it can be inspirational, at others relaxing, and sometimes it’s even challenging!  Does Mozart, and a lot of other classical music, make you smarter?   New research confirms that some of our favorite classical music really does improve concentration and learning, but we knew that already, didn’t we!  Of course, we are there for you on the radio at 98.1, but we also have a growing library of on-demand music for you, available on your computer, phone, smart tv or tablet.   Here are some of our favorites, chosen especially for you by our KING FM hosts, to keep your mind in gear!

Listener Supported Classical Music

KING FM reaches not only the Pacific Northwest, but also across the United States and world. Whether you are a radio or online listener, classical music can take your mind on a journey to places you have never been – from vibrant Vienna where Mozart composed most of his works to Tchaikovsky’s humble beginnings in Russia. KING FM continues to play these great performances thanks to listener support. If you have not joined our community of supporters, your donation right now can make such a difference. Make this your moment.

Seattle Symphony Music and Video Inspiration

The Seattle Symphony opens its new season on September 16th with renowned soprano and Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming.  Of course you’ll hear it live on Classical KING FM!  More details here soon.

In the meantime, these two videos are a great sampling of the exciting new directions seen at the Seattle Symphony.

Enjoy KING FM’s Seattle Symphony Podcast, with host Dave Beck – Insight from KING FM’s Dave Beck, Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot, and others.

Do you love symphonic music?  Listen to KING FM’s Seattle Symphony Channel, hosted by Dave Beck.  It’s available in the Classical KING FM smartphone app, or listen here right now.

The Seattle Symphony previews its coming season, and there are some amazing performances!

Seattle Opera

It’s an exciting time for opera in Seattle, with highly acclaimed productions at Seattle Opera and their new opera center is under construction on Mercer Steet.  The experts at Seattle Opera also host our KING FM Saturday Night Opera broadcasts at 8pm.

What goes on backstage during a production at Seattle Opera?  It is quite the parade.  Literally.   Costumes?  You’ll have to see them to believe them.

Never been to the opera before?  You have a treat in store, especially with this excellent guide from Seattle Opera:

Listen to KING FM’s Seattle Opera Channel for your opera needs anytime.  Try it now or download our Classical KING FM smartphone app and listen.

The Seattle Opera 2017-2018 Season features must-see favorites from Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Rossini, as well as a hidden gem from Berlioz.

Chamber Music

Seattle is such a chamber music town, especially in the Summer!  Upcoming on KING FM you’ll hear broadcasts from Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Icicle Creek, and more.  Here are a few of our favorite chamber music pieces, compiled as a perfect soundtrack for reading:

Listener Supported Classical Music

KING FM reaches not only the Pacific Northwest, but also across the United States and world. Whether you are a radio or online listener, classical music can take your mind on a journey to places you have never been – from vibrant Vienna where Mozart composed most of his works to Tchaikovsky’s humble beginnings in Russia. KING FM continues to play these great performances thanks to listener support. If you have not joined our community of supporters, your donation right now can make such a difference. Make this your moment.


What’s your preference? Family friendly classical music? Relaxing music? Intellectually stimulating music? Modern classical? Classical music in the Northwest? Click one of these links for content curated for you.


Mayor Murray Names June 30 Bryan Lowe Day in the City of Seattle

The career of retiring KING FM Program Director defined radio innovation and musical friendship
By Geoffrey Larson

Bryan Lowe, who became Program Director of 98.1 Classical KING FM in 2006, retires today after a 37.5-year broadcasting career under the KING call letters. Bryan was bitten by the bug early: as a boy, he acquired a toy broadcasting kit that he saw on the back of Boys’ Life magazine, and spent many hours pretending to be a DJ, mostly imitating his favorite KING FM announcers. Growing up, Bryan played French horn in Seattle Youth Symphony. His first radio experience came at Mercer Island High School, which had a ten-watt radio station with a classical library made up of the old mono recordings from a defunct classical station. As a freshman at Washington State University, Bryan became a staff announcer at KWSU, which was mostly classical.

Bryan worked at several stations at once starting out, which broadcast various combos of Classical, Rock, Easy Listening, Jazz and Country: KWSU, KRPL, KRPL FM, KNOI, KQQQ and KUGR, even serving as a disco DJ on country music night at the local disco.

A polarloid of Bryan Lowe on his first day as a KING TV intern.

Bryan became an intern for KING TV on a show called How Come?, hosted by the late Al Wallace.  When he saw there was an opening at KING FM (then owned by KING Broadcasting Company, which also operated the television station), he applied, and landed his dream job in classical radio.

The original KING Broadcasting building in Seattle, demolished in 2016. The KING FM classical station was housed in a two-room studio in the basement.

Through his years at Classical KING FM, Bryan has hosted every radio shift on the station and was responsible for a number of pioneering uses of technology. KING FM became one of the first classical stations in the country (and the first radio station in Seattle) to play a CD when Bryan slipped in the disk in 1981, and Bryan also initiated KING’s pioneering internet broadcasts, leading the way for radio online even before graphic interfaces were the norm. KING FM’s first online broadcast was in December 1995, and the first KING FM full-time online channel launched in early 1996, one of the first online streams in the world, and the variety of online music streams was soon expanded to multiple channels. KING FM currently serves more than 8 million hours of classical music a year through online streaming.

An early photo of Bryan Lowe in KING FM’s Harrison St. Studio, and some of the equipment present in Master Control in 2000.

Bryan additionally hosted the last Jazz After Hours program, and shared classical music in grade school classrooms for three years. His personal touch charmed audiences, and he got to know many long-time KING FM listeners personally. Bryan remembers meetings and interviews with many notable musicians in the industry, such as Igor Kipnis, Allen Hovhaness, George Zamfir (panpipe player in Picnic at Hanging Rock), Hailey Mills, Mark O’Connor, and many more.

KING FM Host Marta Zekan and Bryan Lowe in Voice Track Studio 2 in 2015.

At KING FM and among those who know him well, Bryan’s reputation as a hobbyist is legendary. Cultivating a collection of rare and interesting instruments, Bryan is the owner of one of only a handful of Cristal Baschets in the world, along with other instruments such as the Theremin, sheng, and new keyboard inventions. His passion for classic automobiles has seen anything from a Ford Model T to an old meter maid car appear in his garage, and he plans to stay busy in retirement with his work on shanty boats and other watercraft. On Youtube, he can be seen flying though the sky in a powered parachute.

Bryan demonstrates his theremin in a space-themed PBS special on the left, and plays his Cristal Baschet on the right.

As KING FM Program Director, Bryan oversaw major changes to the station in 2011, when KING switched from a commercial format to listener-supported. He increased support of community organizations with programs like NW Focus, Musical Chairs, Seattle Symphony Spotlight, and Live and Local Broadcast Concerts. He will continue a relationship with KING FM in his retirement, but also leaves behind a legacy of technology, community-minded programming, and musical friendship.

 

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Take me to your leader

(As I wrote the title I thought of the Tom Lehrer song that includes the line, “…take me to your lieder.”  A joke that goes totally flat today.)

I just got back from watching/listening to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” presented by Pacific NW Ballet.  Wonderful.  And as I watched and listened to Allan Dameron play (Phew, not once every couple of nights but sometimes twice a day!) I wondered, what is the conversation like between pianist and stager of the ballet.  Of course the choreography dictates just about everything but are there areas of interpretation that are…um…negotiable?

I suppose the same could be asked (I have) of Emil DeCou, conductor of the PNB orchestra.   Take Bizet’s Symphony in C.  It’s an orchestral piece.  But it’s also a ballet.  Is there any difference in how one conducts it in either context?  Emil’s answer is more complex than I can go into – or even precisely understand.  But the answer, in a nutshell is, UH YEAH!

Can I close, dear listener, by asking what you think about ballet on the radio.  Does it work?  Is it better than not?  We really would like to know.  I’m sure you can guess my bias and it’s partly because the PNB Orchestra was reviewed the NY Times as the best ballet orchestra in America.  And I think anything live beats anything recorded, no matter the flaws.  What do you think?

 

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Classical KING FM Instrument Petting Zoos

Classical KING FM is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of music lovers.  This spring, we’re partnering with the King County Library System and Music Center of the Northwest to bring our famous Instrument Petting Zoos to a King County library near you!

Bring your kids and have fun listening, touching, playing, and learning about musical instruments of all kinds from the musicians who play them.  It’s all part of King County Library’s Playing with Words program.

Petting Zoo Dates:

Wednesday, May 17, 11am-1pm
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Rd
Woodinville, WA  98072

Saturday, May 20, 11am-1pm
Valley View Library
17850 Military Rd S
Seatac, WA  98188

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