SCMS: Classical Conversation Podcast


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. Dave Beck and Rachel Ciprotti, Producers. Bill Levey, Recording Engineer and Technical Production.


Tessa Lark
March 12, 2019

Part 2 of our conversation with violinist Tessa Lark, she speaks about the similarities between styles of music she loves, including baroque, bluegrass, and contemporary classical. We experience the versatility of the violin and of her playing in particular, hearing some of her bluegrass recordings.

Scott St John
Scott St. John
February 25, 2019

Part 2 of our conversation with violinist Scott St. John focuses on his family, performing music by Bohuslav Martinu, and his role performing as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet from 2006-2013. Scott also speaks about the influence of his teacher and Guarneri String Quartet founder Arnold Steinhardt.

Tessa Lark
February 12, 2019

Part 1 of our conversation with violinist Tessa Lark focuses on her bluegrass roots and her early musical studies, and how that made her interested in the relationship between folk music and classical. We hear an excerpt from Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances.

Scott St. John
January 30, 2019

In Part 1 of our conversation with violinist Scott St. John, he discusses SCMS Founder Toby Saks and how he got involved in the Festival. He also talks about his recordings of Dvorak and Mozart and his musical relationship with his sister, violinist Lara St. John, and his wife, violist Sharon Wei.

James Ehnes
January 15, 2019

This second half of a 2-part Festival Preview episode features SCMS Artistic Director James Ehnes talking about some of the musicians making their SCMS debut during the Winter Festival and the works that will be heard in Free Pre-Concert Recitals prior to every concert of the Festival.

James Ehnes
January 2, 2019

SCMS Artistic Director and violinist James Ehnes gives a preview of the 2019 Winter Festival of chamber music. This first half of a 2-part Festival Preview focuses on how he programs a festival of chamber music with a variety of musicians and repertoire. He also talks about why the Festival contains a 20th-Century piece almost every evening, including the rarely-performed “Gemini Variations” by Benjamin Britten.