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 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.
April 17 - Nathan Whittaker
Nathan Whittaker, cello, has been described as “a soloist that was not merely good but rather extraordinary”, with “musicianship of the highest order.” (SSJT) Mr. Whittaker enjoys a unique and diverse career as a concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, teacher, and historical cello specialist. Mr. Whittaker served as the principal cellist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony as well associate principal cellist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician has performed in various music festivals throughout North America and Europe including a featured performance in Graz, Austria. He has enjoyed performing with various chamber ensembles across the country and is a founding member of the Seattle-based Op. 20 String Quartet. Mr. Whittaker’s alter ego is that of an early-music specialist. Currently, he is a member and featured soloist of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Seattle Baroque Soloists and performs regularly with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver B.C.) and Portland Baroque Orchestra. As a member of Plaine & Easie, an Elizabethan era quartet, he won the Grand “Unicorn” Prize in the 2009 EMA Medieval and Renaissance Competition in New York City. Over the past year, Mr. Whittaker has made appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the American Handel Festival.
April 24 - Quinton Morris
Quinton I. Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Notable concert appearances include a recital with Metropolitan Opera soprano Indra Thomas and Byron Schenkman at Benaroya Hall, concerto performances at the Champs-Elyseé Theatre in Paris, France, the Guildhall School in London, England, the Roman Catholic Theatre in Bonn, Germany and the Austin Chamber Music Center Chamber Orchestra in Austin, Texas. He is the recipient of numerous competition awards including The Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition, the Louisiana Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist’s Concerto Competition, Seattle Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the NAACP ACT-SO Competition, the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs String Competition and the Ebony Showcase Music Award. As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, is composed of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.
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.