As part of its Winter and Summer Festivals, Seattle Chamber Music Society presents informal, in-depth discussions with Classical KING FM 98.1 host Dave Beck and Festival musicians. These Classical Conversation Podcast interviews give an inside look at the Chamber Music repertoire performed during the Festivals with world-class performers’ insight. Classical KING FM and Seattle Chamber Music Society, Producers. Bill Levey, Recording Engineer and Technical Production.
#89: Jonathan Vinocour, Part I - 2021 Winter Festival
In Part 1 of our conversation with violist and SCMS Festival Artist Jonathan Vinocour, principal of the San Francisco Symphony, tells the story of how he came to the viola after false starts as a cellist and drummer. From the vantage point of a viola in the middle of the symphony orchestra, the violist basks in the glorious melodies, harmonies, and colors of the instruments that surround it.
#90: Jonathan Vinocour, Part II - 2021 Winter Festival
As a young violist just out of the New England Conservatory, Jonathan Vinocour was recruited to play a short stint as first chair viola for one of the world’s legendary orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus. After an awkward misunderstanding at the first rehearsal, he went on to lead the Leipzig viola section, discovering as he did so, how this revered ensemble created a warm and sweet sound setting it apart from any other orchestra in the world.
#91: Jonathan Vinocour, Part III - 2021 Winter Festival
The conclusion of our conversation with violist Jonathan Vinocour begins by asking the question: what difference does the design of backstage area make to musicians and ensembles? Reflecting on the playing he’s done around the world, Vinocour ponders how backstage design affects the interaction and even bonding among members of a symphony orchestra. He believes the newly opened SCMS Center for Chamber Music in downtown Seattle is the ideal location and design for musicians and audiences to listen, perform, socialize, and build community around the performance of chamber music at the highest level.
#86: Jennifer Frautschi, Part I - 2021 Winter Festival
Violinist and SCMS Festival Artist Jennifer Frautschi, talks about the pandemic's impact on her personal priorities and her musical practice. The demands of raising a young daughter have taken on a new urgency. Meanwhile, playing fewer concerts allows her to think in greater detail than ever before, about every note she plays, and to ponder the deeper meaning behind her music making.
#87: Jennifer Frautschi, Part II - 2021 Winter Festival
Part 2 of our conversation with violinist and SCMS Festival Artist Jennifer Frautschi continues with a discussion of her teaching. She speaks about her priorities when working with students, and her belief that non-musicians and those outside of the classical world have important insights about approaching the classical tradition with fresh perspective.
#88: Jennifer Frautschi, Part III - 2021 Winter Festival
The final part of our conversation with SCMS Festival Artist and violinist Jennifer Frautschi focuses on performing contemporary music. She believes performing new works helps "keep music alive." In addition, you cannot ask Beethoven questions about tempo, articulation, and interpretation, whereas modern composers are readily available for consult via email or text. .
Definitely worth a listen!
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is such a gem in Seattle: every year we greatly anticipate each set of concerts for the great rep and incredible musicians. This podcast is a must-listen for fans of SCMS, and really for any classical music enthusist. It's fascinating to hear stories and insights from James Ehnes and the musicians themselves. Very enjoyable overall and definitely worth a listen!
Great exploration of music & inspiration
This is not a music podcast, although it does contain some lovely classical music clips along the way that help support each artist's personal story. I love that this podcast gives listeners the opportunity to learn when and how musicians were inspired because those stories aren't often told. We hear so much about composers, but most of them are dead! The stories featured here are sometimes fun, sometimes silly, sometimes a little sad, but always sincere.
I found this podcast via KING FM and will definitely keep my ears peeled for any future podcasts they produce.