Northwest Focus

Host Sean MacLean features works from our upcoming Summer Festival

(July 23 - August 1, 2015)

We're on the radio! Next week on Classical KING FM 98.1 in Seattle, announcer Sean MacLean will feature the following works selected from our upcoming summer program:

Monday, June 29, 8:27 pm—Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano

Paul Schoenfield (1947 -)Paul Schoenfield

Unashamedly intended as entertainment, Four Souvenirs was written for a violinist member of the Cleveland Orchestra. It taps veins of virtuosity and jazzy abandon. The titles 'Samba', 'Tango', 'Tin Pan Alley', 'Square Dance'—confirm that this is music to be enjoyed. It is light-hearted music that befits an opener for a wonderful 10 days of music.

At our concert on July 23 Four Souvenirs will be performed by Elena Urioste, violin and Chris Hahn, piano.

Tuesday, June 30, 8:11 pm—String Quartet No.12 in F, Op.96 “American”

Antonin Dvorak (1841 ? 1904)Antonin Dvořák

Dvořák wrote this quartet during his stay in America, where he was director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. He spent a summer in the Czech immigrant community of Spillville, Iowa. There is much debate whether this piece contains some native melodies, both from Negro Spirituals as well as from Indian sources, as some critics think,. We do know that Dvořák wrote: "As for my new Symphony, (the "New World"), the F major String Quartet and the Quintet, I should never have written these works 'just so' if I hadn't seen America.

At our concert on July 28 the "American" will be performed by Elena Urioste, violin, Jasper Wood, violin, Ayane Kozasa, viola, and Paul Wiancko, cello.

These works, pre-recorded by other artists, will be presented on June 29 and 30 by Northwest Focus, a weekly radio program that showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews, and new releases weekday nights at 8PM. We hope this puts you in the mood for a terrific summer Festival.

Tune in for the broadcast in Seattle at 98.1 FM, or listen online at bit.ly/king981 .

LIVE RADIO  8:00pm June 29 and 30, 2015.