Luigi Boccherini - Symphony in A, G.511, Op.35/3
Reinhold Gliere (arr. Mortensen) Folk Song
NOW PLAYING R. STRAUSS: Salome; PONCHIELLI: La Gioconda; PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly
Jean Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43
Howard Hanson Symphony No.4, Op.34 "Requiem"
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.

July 25 - Bion Tsang

Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Taiwan National Orchestra. Mr. Tsang's chamber music career has also been a distinguished one, marked by collaborations with such artists as violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers and Kyoko Takezawa, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years. 

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.

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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