Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Ludovico Einaudi Una Mattina
Gioacchino Rossini The Barber of Seville (hosted by Sue Elliott: part 2)
Zoltan Kodaly Hungarian Rondo
John McLaughlin (arr. O'Riley) The Dance of Maya
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FEATURED INTERVIEWS

Olympic National Park teams up with Paint the Peninsula



27 artists will be parked throughout Olympic National Park on Monday, September 7th, the first day of Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition that will continue through the week.  For competition details, catch our conversation on the KING FM Arts Channel with event chair Anne Dalton and artist Susan Ogilvie.  For a bit of extra background, here is a conversation Marta had with Barb Maynes, Public Information Officer for Olympic National Park, one of our region’s great natural treasures.  

Painting the peninsula en plein air



It’s a marriage made in heaven – plein air painting and the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula.  Add the excitement of competition, and you have Paint the Peninsula – a juried plein air competition.   Marta’s conversation is with event chair Anne Dalton and Northwest-based artist Susan Ogilvie.  It all gets underway Monday, September 7, when 27 competing artists will set up their easels within Olympic National Park.   The rest of the week, they’ll be at various outdoor locations on the peninsula, completing at least two works daily.  You’re invited to go out and watch them at work.   The new paintings will be hung each evening at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, and they’re all for sale.  Proceeds benefit the center. 

Cornish College of the Arts rises to new heights



Seattle’s beloved Cornish College of the Arts is “rising to new heights” in more ways than one!  Most obvious is the state-of-the-art, 20-story live/learn residence hall opening August 27th, but the college itself has raised its national and international profile significantly in recent years.  Marta talks with Cornish president, Dr. Nancy Uscher, about the expanding facilities and growing academic programs, and also about some exciting events coming this fall – which include the start of a 5-year residency for the Kronos Quartet. 

A talk with Pianos in the Parks artists Vikram Madan and Arica Schuett



You’re a visual artist.  You’ve been given a piano that is going to be dropped off in a city park.  Your mission is to transform its appearance.  Where do you start?  Vikram Madan started with a walk through the hardware store.  One of Arica Schuett’s inspirations was late 19th century furniture and fabric design.  Marta talks with both artists in this conversation, 2 of the 22 artists who re-imagined a piano this summer for Pianos in the Parks, a thoroughly interactive public art event.  (Arica’s piano is in Occidental Square Park; Vikram’s is in Bellevue Downtown Park)

 
 

A Seattle-Themed 'Godspell' at Taproot Theatre



It’s a fun coincidence that the actor dressed as a handyman in Taproot Theatre’s wonderful production of Godspell happens to be an engineer in real life! He’s also a violinist, a wonderful singer and an accomplished actor named Mike Spee. Marta talks with him about the show, which Taproot has set at Pike Place Market, with a re-imagined score performed by actor/musicians.
 
 

A talk with Pianos in the Parks artist George Jennings



For this summer’s Pianos in the Parks, Seattle artist George Jennings covered his piano with images from his sketchbooks, creating a striking black and white piano for Ballard Commons.  How did he do it?  Find out in Marta’s conversation with this fascinating artist, whose iconic images will be familiar to many.  George also talks about transitioning from traditional painting to the limitless potential of digital art, and about the famous artist in his family. 
 
 

A talk with Pianos in the Parks artist Larine Chung



Imagine having the newspaper do a story on you just because you changed your college major!  Meet painter (and pianist) Larine Chung, one of the 22 artists who have reimagined a piano for Pianos in the Parks  this summer.   Hear the concept behind her particular piano, learn about her art, plus more on that controversial switched major,  in Marta’s conversation with Larine.  Look for her piano in Ashwood Plaza, next to the Bellevue Library. 

The world premiere of An American Dream



Here is a wonderful conversation featuring Northwest-based painter and sculptor Karen Hackenberg.  She’s very articulate about her process and work, which involves items that wash up on the beach by her home.  Her extraordinarily realistic and vivid paintings manage to be humorous and ironic while sending a clear and serious message about human encroachment on nature.  This is an ArtTalk, hosted by the Gage Academy of Art’s Gary Faigin. It was recorded during an exhibition of Karen’s work at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Gage ArtTalks: Gary Faigin discusses artist Karen Hackenberg



Here is a wonderful conversation featuring Northwest-based painter and sculptor Karen Hackenberg.  She’s very articulate about her process and work, which involves items that wash up on the beach by her home.  Her extraordinarily realistic and vivid paintings manage to be humorous and ironic while sending a clear and serious message about human encroachment on nature.  This is an ArtTalk, hosted by the Gage Academy of Art’s Gary Faigin. It was recorded during an exhibition of Karen’s work at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

 

 

Commissioning Terra Nostra



Many of our greatest works of art have come about through patronage.   When the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) premieres Christophe Chagnard’s new work Terra Nostra on June 20th, audiences will be experiencing the inspired generosity of Susan and Jeff Lubetkin, who asked Chagnard for a piece about climate change.   Dr. Susan Lubetkin is a scientist who studies whales and their ecosystem, and also happens to be a cellist with LUCO.  Her belief that art can convey a powerful message to those not reached by science’s charts and graphs was the impetus for the commission.  Learn what else inspired her in this conversation with Marta Zekan.    

 

 

The making of Virtuosity


 
Screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson (Nixon, Ali, Copying Beethoven and others) returns to his roots in documentary with Virtuosity, focused on the participants in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The film, part of the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, is especially compelling given Wilkinson’s extraordinary access to the competition and the players, and a group of pianists with larger-than-life personalities. In Steve Reeder’s conversation, filmmaker Wilkinson talks about the challenges and the triumphs of making the film. Look out for a theatrical release later this year.

 

ARTS CHANNEL LIBRARY

Hear all about it! From theatre to dance and visual arts to film, the Arts Channel Library houses some of the most exciting and unique past and present conversations in town. Interviews are organized by genre. 

Theatre

Visual Art & Film


Music

Literary Arts

Dance

Extras


 


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Arts Channel Producting Director Marta Zekan is a longtime KING FM announcer with a background in music and theatre. Click here to read Marta's biography.







 

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