Franz Krommer - Symphony in C minor, Op.102
Traditional (arr. Willcocks) O Come, All Ye Faithful
Gregorio Allegri Miserere
Modest Mussorgsky Boris Godunov: Act 1: Scene 1
Aaron Copland Symphony No.3 (1946)
Arvo Part Fratres II
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 27: Paul-Elliott Cobbs

Renowned in the cradle of 18th century classicism and 19th century romanticism - Vienna - and in Germany, Maestro Paul-Elliott Cobbs is a unique voice in the international music community. Educated at the Akademie für Musik, Vienna, Cobbs possesses an intimate knowledge of European masterworks combined with rare expertise in American multiculturalism. His interpretation of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony - the subject of his doctoral thesis - is considered definitive by many. A popular guest conductor, Cobbs appears frequently with orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Asia and the United States including Vienna's Festival Chamber Orchestra, members of the Dresden and Leipzig Opera, the Kamimura Wind Ensemble in Kagoshima, Japan; and the Seattle Symphony.

In 2008, Cobbs received, with his wife, the Lifetime Achievement Award from ArtsFund, in Seattle Washington. A talented and inspirational educator, Cobbs is known for his insightful pre-concert lectures, educational and children' concerts, and his work with youth symphonies, school, regional and All-State orchestras. His present positions include Music Director of the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra, guest conductor with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra in Brighton England, Music Director for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, one of the largest in the United States.

December 4: Geoffrey Larson

American conductor Geoffrey Larson currently serves as the Music Director of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. In the Northwest, he has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, and has conducted a variety of local ensembles, including two appearances at the Northwest Mahler Festival and the inaugural performances of Vespertine Opera. A passionate advocate for the music of living composers, he has collaborated with composers such as Leonardo Balada and Gabriel Prokofiev. Mr. Larson was a student of Dr. Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University, and George Hurst in England. He also currently serves as KING FM’s Assistant Music Director. Geoffrey will present some of his favorite compositions and recordings. He selected the opening of Schoenberg's monumental Gurre-Lieder, an aria from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, the 3rd movement of Mahler's Second Symphony, and other selections from Elgar and Poulenc.


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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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