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.
August 1 - Nancy Uscher
Dr. Nancy J. Uscher is President of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. From 2004 – 2011, Dr. Uscher was Provost and Chief Academic Officer of CalArts and a faculty member of the Herb Alpert School of Music. Before that, Dr. Uscher spent 12 years at the University of New Mexico in a variety of positions, including Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Chairperson of the Music Department and Professor of Music. Dr. Uscher earned her Ph.D. in music at New York University, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London. For over two decades, Dr. Uscher traveled the globe as a concert violist and teacher. She has performed in many festivals and ensembles, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Brandenburg Ensemble and the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico.
August 9 - Jon Kimura Parker
A veteran of the international concert stage, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed as soloist in major venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Tokyo’s NHK Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Conductors he works with currently include Claus Peter Flor, Carlos Kalmar, Jahja Ling, Hannu Lintu, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, David Robertson, and Bramwell Tovey. Jon Kimura Parker has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, and the Cleveland and Tokyo String Quartets. He currently performs in ensembles with Cho-Liang Lin, the Miró Quartet, Steward Copeland, and in a trio with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith. He has given world premieres of works by Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Peter Schickele, Paul Schoenfield, and Steven Stucky. An unusually versatile artist, Dr. Parker has also jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. He has performed in remote areas of the Canadian Arctic as a member of the outreach project Piano Six, and in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995 as an ambassador for AmeriCares. An active media personality, Dr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo,Up and Coming on CBC, and the Concerto Chat series on YouTube. Committed to education, he has given master classes at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, the Banff Centre, and Yale University. Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music, and also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
August 15 - Julio Elizalde
Praised as a musician of "compelling artistry and power" by The Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde has emerged as one of the most versatile and sought-after artists of his generation. This summer marks his third season as Co-Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival. Mr. Elizalde is the North and South American recital partner to violinist and Sony recording artist Ray Chen, winner of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. He has also performed recitals with world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang. Mr. Elizalde is a member of the New Trio, winner of both the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions and the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association's prestigious Arthur W. Foote Prize. He was a featured performer for the soundtrack of the 2013 film, Jimmy P, composed by Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Mr. Elizalde is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2011. His principal teachers were Paul Hersh, Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald. Mr. Elizalde performs with the assistance of an Apple iPad Air, forScore music reading software, and a bluetooth wireless foot pedal made by AirTurn.
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.