Camille Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
Clara Schumann Romance, Op.5/3
Traditional (arr. Ehret/Levalier) Kling, Glöckechen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Impressario Overture
The Takeover w/ Michael Nicolella
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.

November 28 - Peter Boal

Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, after having seen a New York City Ballet performance of George Balanchine’s Coppélia, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983, a soloist in 1987, and a principal dancer in 1989. In 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. Mr. Boal was also a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1997 to 2005. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble. In 2005, upon his retirement from New York City Ballet, Mr. Boal became Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972 and under the artistic direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell from 1977 to 2005. The Company presents more than 100 performances annually of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour. 

December 5 - Eric Milnes

The American harpsichordist, organist, and conductor, Eric J. Milnes, was brought up on Long Island, and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Columbia College and Columbia University in New York repectively, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Eric Milnes has been critically acclaimed throughout North America, Asia and Europe as one of the most dynamic and compelling directors and keyboard artists of his generation. He has been hailed as one of this country's brightest talents in the early music field, particularly in the period instruments movement. Eric J. Milnes’ frequent appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra led to the creation of a new ensemble, the Trinity Consort. In addition, Milnes is the Director of New York Baroque and the Artistic Consultant to the New York Collegium and has been the Director of Toronto's Musica Divina. He has also conducted The Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Seattle), I Cantori di New York, Les Boreades de Montréal, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Les Voix Baroque, Montréal, and The National Symphony of Santiago, Chile. He has conducted in Germany, Austria, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, and Poland. Milnes plays harpsichord and organ as a soloist and is a member of the period instrumental quartet Les Boreades of Montreal. He has taught at the Juilliard School, Hofstra University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Musikkonservatorium (State Conservatory) of Oslo, Norway, and the Bergen Conservatory, Norway. A composer, his sacred music is published by Trinitas of Portland.

December 12 - Joseph Crnko

Joseph Crnko joined the Seattle Symphony as the Associate Conductor for Choral Activities in September 2007. He is in his 30th year as Music Director of the Northwest Choirs, the Northwest’s premier youth choral organization, which includes both the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. In this time, the Northwest Choirs has established itself as a prominent member of the Pacific Northwest performing arts community, sharing the stage regularly with the Seattle Symphony in addition to other area professional arts organizations. Crnko regularly conducts orchestral and choral recording sessions for movie and video game soundtracks. Among his many projects are the films The Last Stand, Let Me In, Boondock Saints, The Celestine Prophecy, and such video games as Halo, Medal of Honor and World of WarcraftCrnko has served as Music Director for Civic Light Opera in Seattle and for productions with Alaska Light Opera Theatre, Evergreen Theatre Conservatory, Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington. Crnko holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from CSU Sacramento, and a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with conductor Michel Singher. Crnko lives in Seattle with his wife, Wendee, and their two children, Katharine and Nick.

December 19 - Doug Fullington

Doug Fullington was named Education Programs Manager of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2005 and Assistant to Artistic Director Peter Boal in 2006. He is responsible for developing PNB's audience education programs and overseeing the Company's Outreach programs. Mr. Fullington is also on the consulting staff of Pacific Northwest Ballet School as dance historian. He has been with the PNB since 1995, working first as a pianist for Pacific Northwest Ballet School, then as Executive Assistant to Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell and also as Lecturer. As a dance historian, Mr. Fullington is a fluent reader of Stepanov notation. In 2000, he contributed reconstructed dances to the Bolshoi Ballet's revival of Marius Petipa's The Daughter of Pharaoh, and in 2004, he reconstructed Petipa's Le jardin animé for Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He mostly recently reconstructed 25 dances from Petipa's Le Corsaire for the Bavarian State Ballet. In 2000, he was named a principal researcher for The George Balanchine Foundation's "Popular Balanchine" project. Mr. Fullington is also a professional musician. In 1993, he founded the Tudor Choir, a professional vocal ensemble based in Seattle which he continues to direct.

December 26 - Ingrid Matthews

Violinist Ingrid Matthews is the founder and former Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and one of today’s most respected exponents of her instrument. She won first prize in the Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, and in 1990 joined Toronto’s esteemed baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, with whom she performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Matthews’ career as a chamber musician has seen her perform at the Frick Collection (New York), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Festival, Netwoork voor Oude Muziek (the Netherlands), the Getty Center (Los Angeles), the Cambridge Society for Early Music, the Newberry Library (Chicago), the San Francisco Early Music Society, and the Library of Congress, among many others. She has served as concertmaster for the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), and has appeared as a guest director and soloist with the New York Collegium, the Magnolia Baroque Festival Orchestra (Winston-Salem, NC), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), and Victoria Symphony.

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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