Past SPR Events

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Kids of all ages felt like royalty with music for Kings and Queens at the January 28 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at the castle-like St. John's Cathedral on Spokane's South Hill.

Tim Westerhaus, music director for the cathedral, arranged for a concert of sacred and secular music of the era, specifically composed in the 16th century for the Chapel Royal of Queens Mary and Elizabeth.

The cathedral's resident carillonneur, Byrl Cinnamon, began the concert from high atop the bell tower as the Cathedral Kantorei Choir processed in, then sang songs as if they were part of the court of Westminster in London.

Guitarist Paul Grove explored musical romance in the Royal Court, both with solo performance and with soloists from the choir.

Renaissance music, featured heavily in the music program Harmonia (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on KPBX) doesn't have chord progressions that our modern ears are used to. Instead, composers such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd wove melodies together, giving us richly-textured music.

The architecture of St. John's Cathedral borrows from the medieval Gothic style, and details are much like those found in France. Like those buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries, the Cathedral is solely built from rock and glass, no steel used to reinforce the buildings. It's like being in a centuries-old castle! Watch this feature about the building by Public TV KSPS (which is not affiliated with Spokane Public Radio).

Directions to the Cathedral

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline. Thanks also to Hearn Brothers Printing, the performers, St. John's Cathedral and its staff, and the members and volunteers of SPR.

Members of the Cathedral Kantorei Choir:
Soprano: Stacia Cammarano, Tamara Schupman, Corliss Newman, Kristen Naudett, Andrea Olsen, Sami Schneider.
Alto: Kristina Ploeger, Darnelle Preston, Mariah Priebe, Amanda Rood, Gretchen Ramey, Angelika Wilson-Wipp
Tenor: Tim Kenagy, Cary Boyce, Eric Betz, Brian Soth, Mark Petty, Isaac Robbins
Bass: Jeff Boen, John Frankhauser, Max Mendez, Jackson Steimel, Joshua Vander Plaats, David Wolff

There's something powerful about a whole room filled with people singing the same song! Experience a classic all-ages sing-along at the Nov. 19 Kids' Concert, 1 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater in Downtown Spokane.

Two of Spokane's familiar folk singer/guitarists will lead everyone in old favorites from the U.S. and around the globe.

We will have lyrics projected on the Bing's movie screen so readers can sing along! A sample of some of the selections: "Guantanamera," "Yellow Submarine,"
"Buffalo Gals," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," and "Puff the Magic Dragon."

The concert is free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

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The annual Fall Folk Festival kicked off Saturday, November 12 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX!

Nacho Celtic Hour's Carlos Alden and SPR Program Director Verne Windham hosted a diverse group of folk performers at Spokane Community College.

Audience members were welcome to watch and listen anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Lair Auditorium at the college on Mission and Greene.

The live broadcast was presented thanks to event donors Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Numerica Credit Union, and the Spokane Folklore Society.

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SPR presented one of America's musical icons live in concert at the Bing Crosby Theater on Oct. 6. Mark and Maggie O’Connor - American Classics featured music from the more advanced selections of his violin training program. 

This SPR Presents was made possible in part by Event Donors The Cleaning Authority, Dodson's Jewelers, MTR Communications and Sam Rodell, Architects.

Shoppers at River Park Square were treated to an hour of free bluegrass tunes, courtesy of the Oct. 1 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring Heartbreak Pass.

Heartbreak Pass has been one of the Inland Northwest's favorite bands since it started in 2008. They have evolved from traditional bluegrass to include an eclectic blend of Americana. Stan Hall takes care of the guitar duties, Singer Coats joins in on mandolin, and the soulful but lively Bonnie Bliss covers bass and vocals.

For this concert, Singer's dad Dennis Coats joined in on banjo.

Mobius Children's Museum contributed a free kids’ craft activity: making hats.

The concert was free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Prepare to dance in your seat and in the Lair Auditorium aisles to the lively music of Meshugga Daddies, July 15 at the FREE KPBX Kids' Concert.

Spokane’s Meshugga Daddies plays Klezmer Music: hot Eastern European dance music, mixed up with Yemenite and Arabic tunes.

The FREE KPBX Kids' Concert takes place Friday, July 15 at Noon on the campus of Spokane Community College (SCC) in the Lair auditorium. The summer concerts are possible in part by event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

KPBX Kids' Concert: The Piano Bench June 24

Jun 24, 2016

The Piano Bench host Jim Tevenan wants kids of all ages to experience the wide variety of the piano, so he put together a special KPBX Kids' Concert on Friday, June 24: From Bach to Brazilian.

Lively, short pieces by some of the region's best pianists showcased different sounds and styles the piano produces. Jim also explored the history of the piano, an amazingly complex musical machine.

The FREE KPBX Kids' Concert took place Friday, June 24 at Noon on the campus of Spokane Community College (SCC) in the Lair auditorium. The summer concerts are possible in part by event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

SPR Goes to the Movies: Buena Vista Social Club

Jun 9, 2016

The movie Buena Vista Social Club was a huge 1999 art-house hit that introduced people around the world to Cuba's special blend of Latin music, and the island's post-revolution culture.

Many of SPR"s Volunteers, Underwriters, and members saw it on the big screen June 9 at the Bing Crosby Theater for the annual Thank-You Event.

Bike to Work Week 2016

May 20, 2016

May 16-20 was Bike to Work Week and Spokane Public Radio was proud to once again be a Gold Wheel Sponsor, highlighting bike commuting to work, school, and everywhere!

SPR took part in three events, plus encouraged everyone to get involved in all of the Bike Everywhere Week events happening in our community.

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Legendary author, humorist, and radio host Garrison Keillor broadcast his acclaimed radio program live from Spokane on May 14, 2016 in front of a sold-out INB Performing Arts Center.

Listen to the entire show and see videos of highlights at priairiehome.org

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