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.
March 13 - Dan Petersen
Daniel Petersen brings a comprehensive and extensive arts management background to SYSO. Former manager of Orchestra Seattle/ Seattle Chamber Singers, Mr. Petersen was also Executive Director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and manager of the Distinguished Artists Series at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as co-founder of the Choral Alliance of Philadelphia. Besides his classical music background Mr. Petersen has been manager of a Shakespearean theater company and booking and tour contractor for a rock, folk and jazz club outside Chicago. Currently he serves on the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the American Symphony Orchestra League.
March 20 - Dale Henderson
Dale Henderson began playing cello at age five, and by seven was performing regularly as a soloist. He made his professional debut at thirteen with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In 1993, at the invitation of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dale attended the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, and from 1996-2000 Dale earned his BM from the New England Conservatory of Music. Dale now lives in New York City where he teaches and concertizes. He also devotes his time to Bach in the Subways - an international movement which sows the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers by generating public interest and excitement for the art form and bringing live classical music to those who would not otherwise hear it.
March 27 - Robert Bode
Robert Bode has been Artistic Director for Choral Arts since 2007. He is on the faculty at the
Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he is the Raymond R. Neevel/Missouri Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities. Before his position at UMKC, Dr. Bode was the Alma Meisnest Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Fine Arts and Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, where he conducted the 100-voice Chorale and the 30-voice Whitman Chamber Singers. Bode received his doctorate in Choral Conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Before attending the Cincinnati Conservatory, Bode won a conducting scholarship at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, where he studied opera conducting with Fiora Contino.
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.