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NOW PLAYING KORNGOLD: Die Tote Stadt; MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov; WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93
Patricia Morehead Just Before the Rain
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.

September 19 - Aidan Lang

Aidan Lang becomes Seattle Opera’s General Director Designate in March, 2014 and succeeds Speight Jenkins as the company’s third General Director six months later. Mr. Lang is currently General Director of New Zealand Opera. Ever since he took leadership of the company, in 2006, he has striven to ensure that every production is theatrically stimulating and musically ambitious. Working collaboratively is a top priority for Lang, and during his tenure New Zealand Opera implemented a series of collaborations with such companies as Glyndebourne, Opera North, and Welsh National Opera, bringing exciting productions from directors Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Jenůfa), Tim Albery (Macbeth), and Christopher Alden (Turandot) to New Zealand. Prior to leading New Zealand Opera, Aidan Lang held artistic leadership positions at Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. Concurrent with these leadership positions, Lang was a sought after freelance director working around the world. Among other productions, he directed the first Brazilian production of Wagner’s Ring at the historic Teatro Amazonas in Manaus. As Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival, Lang expanded the Festival to include Baroque and contemporary music, tripled its audience attendance, and delivered significant operating surpluses in each year. He was a key part of the triumvirate senior management team at Glyndebourne, where he held dual positions for nine years. Concurrent with his positions at Glyndebourne, he was appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of Opera Zuid, a newly created touring company based in the Netherlands. Born in 1957 in the UK, Lang is a graduate of The Tiffin School and the University of Birmingham. He will relocate to Seattle with his wife of 23 years, the former soprano Linda Kitchen, and their 16-year-old daughter, Eleanor. In addition to his operatic leadership skills and international directing experience, Lang is an accomplished musician, having studied clarinet since the age of 8. 

September 26 - Jeff Tyzik

The 2013–2014 season marked the beginning of Jeff Tyzik’s tenure as the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor. Known for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages, Tyzik is also in his 21st season as Principal Pops Conductor at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and holds the same title at the Detroit, Florida and Oregon symphony orchestras. In August 2013 Tyzik was named to The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the orchestras of Pittsburg, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver. In June 2010, Tyzik made his UK debut in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In June of 2013 Tyzik was invited to conduct the Malaysia Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur.

October 3 - Christophe Chagnard

One of the most sought-after musicians in the Pacific Northwest, French conductor, composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard is an all-around artist acclaimed for his finely etched performances and charismatic approach to music. Equally versed in a vast repertoire of chamber, symphonic, operatic and ballet works of all styles and periods, Chagnard has gained a reputation as an insatiable conductor who can do it all. As co-founder of Northwest Sinfonietta in 1991, Chagnard has built what the Seattle Post-Intelligencer calls “the finest chamber orchestra in the Northwest.” Chagnard performs regularly with some of the biggest names in music, including Lynn Harrell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cecile Licad, Richard Stoltzman, Awadagin Pratt and Lara St. John. Chagnard is also Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, whose recent projects included a collaboration with legendary actor Michael York on the Hovhaness Centennial Celebration at Benaroya Hall and a highly acclaimed performance of Mahler’s 5th Symphony at Meany Hall. Chagnard's international guest appearances include performances in Russia, Japan and Cuba. His awards include the 2006 ArtsFund Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award, the Richard Levy Award for outstanding musicianship for three consecutive years and the Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate Award

October 10 - Spencer Myer

One of the most important American artists of his generation, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career. His orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. His recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetist David Shifrin, and soprano Nicole Cabell, and with the Jupiter, Manhattan, Miami and Pacifica string quartets. Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. Other teachers include Peter Takács, Joseph Schwartz and Christina Dahl. Myer is also a Steinway Artist.


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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