by Maggie Molloy The benefits of playing the piano are vast: increased literacy, intellectual and creative growth, improved social skills and confidence—the list goes on and on! Here are just a few of the top reasons to study piano:
With four Grammy Awards, an impressively varied discography, and a continuing solo career spanning the whole world, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter now releases an album of charming short works and concerto fragments. She spoke with KING FM’s Dave
Show your support for Classical KING FM during GiveBIG on May 10 and your dollars will be matched. Don’t want to wait? Schedule your gift now! Click here to donate. During GiveBIG 2017, a match of $50,000
by Sean MacLean How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong June To an admiring bog! My dear Emily Dickinson, let me croak it out for you. This admiring Northwest Bog craves great local performances!
The benefits of learning how to play a musical instrument has been proven time and time again. Here are our top 10 reasons to play piano.
Pianist Lisa Bergman, host of Explore Music and afternoons on KING FM, shares her most beloved works for piano and orchestra. Emil von Sauer: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Lisa says: Passionate and soulful – with
Geoffrey Larson investigates the culinary choices of famous composers, and what this tells us about their music.
Classical KING FM moved to the public broadcasting model in 2011, eliminating commercials on air and beginning a new era of increased community involvement and highly varied programming. Acting as a hub for great musical art in
Difficult to spell; easy to enjoy. That’s the case with guest artists coming to the Seattle Symphony in the next few weeks – starting off April 7 and 9, when violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her Seattle debut.
It doesn’t happen until July 5 – so why are single tickets now available, and why should music lovers bother to think now about the 35th Summer Festival of the Seattle Chamber Music Society? Because the good
It has long been obvious to Classical KING FM listeners and fans of the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival: Augustin Hadelich is one of the world’s greatest violinists. Grammy voters agreed last month, when the 31-year-old
The applause last year for Thomas Dausgaard’s Sibelius-symphony cycle was so tumultuous that at several points, the audience appeared poised to charge the Benaroya Hall stage and hoist the Danish conductor to their shoulders. In a program
Historians are pretty sure that England’s Protestant Queen Elizabeth I never laid eyes on her Catholic cousin and rival, Mary Queen of Scots. Supported by the Pope and by influential Catholics everywhere, Mary was enough of a
Take a look at these amazing, bizarre pianos! 1. The Whaletone Created by the Polish designer Robert Majkut. Note: not actually an acoustic instrument, it houses a high-end Roland synthesizer. May not actually be able to communicate
By Melinda Bargreen Sometimes you don’t have to win the gold medal. Joyce Yang is doing just fine with the silver from the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – building a strong concert career, as well
How the teenage composer brought Gregorio Allegri’s timeless Miserere to the masses By Geoffrey Larson Composed early in the 17th century, Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus remains one of the most beautiful sacred choral works of all
1. He was a quick study. Mozart was so young when he wrote his first piece for violin and piano that he needed his father’s help—not to write the music, but to hold the pencil! It’s said
By Melinda Bargreen — Reviewers and fans have compared Seattle’s Byron Schenkman to everyone from Vladimir Horowitz to Jimi Hendrix. Schenkman is equally at home with a world premiere and an obscure work for early keyboards, but
Left: Mt. Rainier. Right: Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz with Alan Hovhaness. (Photo: The Seattle Times) The Pacific Northwest is permeated by natural beauty, a place where the mountains, forests, and sea intertwine with the furthest
By Melinda Bargreen One of the nicest Junes in recent history has arrived now, and local music lovers know what that means: Strawberries. Sun hats. And music festival time! Only a few weeks away, the Olympic Music
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