Federico Mompou - Music without Sound, Book III: No.20 "Calme"
Gabriel Faure (orch. Aubert) Fantasy
Christoph Willibald Gluck Iphigenie en Tauride: Act III
Johannes Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102
Nancy Galbraith Island Echoes
Musical Chairs 

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 16 - Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean first joined Seattle Opera for a post-college internship in the summer of 1995. In July 2015, Aidan Lang asked him to become Seattle Opera’s first-ever Dramaturg. In addition to his work writing and overseeing the company’s supertitles, he connects artists, staff, opera-goers, and radio audiences with historical, literary, musical, and contextual information in support of Seattle Opera’s programming.

Skilled in four languages, Dean translates libretti into the English captions that appear above Seattle Opera’s stage. Since 1997, he has created captions for more than 70 operas.  His translations of Italian, French, and German operas, as well as captions for operas in English, have been seen at Seattle Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, and many other theaters.
Dean was Seattle Opera’s Director of Public Programs and Media from 2010 to 2015 and a member of the Education Department before that. He created two hour-long English adaptations for children of Wagner’s Ring operas: Theft of the Gold and Siegfried and the Ring of Fire. From 2005 to 2011, performances of these operas introduced thousands of children all over Washington to the passion and fascination of opera. For three seasons, he produced and was Quizmaster for “OperaMania!” on Classical KING FM 98.1, a trivia game show featuring teenage opera enthusiasts.
A pioneer in online opera education, Dean helped build Seattle Opera’s extensive online presence and continues to contribute to the company’s blog, SoundCloud channel, YouTube channel, and social media. He has given hundreds of pre-performance talks before Seattle Opera performances and has lectured and taught for other opera companies and arts organizations around North America. Seattle Opera patrons eagerly await his Spotlight Guides each season, which take opera-goers on a witty tour through the main points of each opera’s story, the history behind its composition, and the life of the composer. Dean was editor-in-chief of 50 Years of Seattle Opera and helped create the book’s companion website, seattleopera50.com.
Jonathan will share some of his favorite recordings including Janácek' Sinfonietta, Dvorák's "American" Quartet, Lully's "Marche pour la Cérémonie Turque", Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, Sibelius' Symphony No.5, Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte", and Zhao Jiping/Zhao Lin's "Distant Green Valley."

October 23 - Wayne Horvitz

Wayne Horvitz took piano lessons briefly as a child. At 13, he received a few classical guitar lessons; he found the style unsuitable and quit. A year later, influenced by the records of blues pianist Otis Spann, he took up the piano again. From that point, he was largely self-taught. Horvitz made a name for himself in the '80s by playing with some of the leading lights on the downtown New York-based experimental/improv scene, including Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and others. His most famous association was with saxophonist/composer John Zorn as a member of the latter's band, Naked City. Horvitz-led ensembles included the President, the Horvitz/Morris/Previte Trio, and Pigpen.

By the mid-'90s, Horvitz had moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest; his primary band became the Seattle-based Zony Mash (Horvitz; Timothy Young, guitar; Keith Lowe, bass; Andy Roth, drums). Their organ-based, groove-oriented music incorporates some "outside" elements, but largely avoids the avant-garde tendencies characteristic of Horvitz's New York work. Besides Zony Mash, Horvitz continues to perform in other contexts, leading the Four Plus One Ensemble and Ponga. Horvitz has also recorded for the Songlines, Knitting Factory, Elektra/Nonesuch, Sound Aspects, and Black Saint labels..

October 30 - Joy Payton-Steven

Joy Payton-Stevens began playing the cello in her hometown of Cleveland when she was just four years old. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, and then continued her studies at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Ronald Leonard. She has been a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, and the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina, and joins the Seattle Symphony in the fall of 2014. In addition to performing music, Joy is passionate about teaching music to kids and has participated in several programs to bring music education to underserved communities. Outside of music, her other interests include cooking, reading and most sports.


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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.   

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