Jim Tevenan

Piano Bench Host, Midday Host

After more than 25 years of teaching music, theater and English in San Francisco schools, Jim relocated to Spokane in 1995 to become organist/music director for St. Augustine Parish on the South Hill.  Since around 2004, with the help and patience of Verne Windham, he has been able to realize his long-standing dream of doing radio.  Jim specializes in classical music, but also can do the occasional jazz show.  Jim and his wife, Carol, fill their free time caring for llamas, rabbits and chickens after having watched their two children grow up and leave the nest.

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KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – April 13, 2021

Sonata K. 332 – II. Adagio (5’30”)                                       Mozart

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

Albumblätter (Album Leaves) Op. 39 (10’30”)                    Hans Sitt

I., Moderato – II. Andante sostenuto – IV. Allegro

Nicole Leach, viola (Graduate Student)

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

We recently featured the Grammy-winning Naxos release, The Passion of Yeshua, a contemporary take on a classic form by American composer Richard Danielpour. Assisting us was conductor JoAnn Falletta, who shared with us her insights on the piece. This is the full interview, with brief musical samples.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini talks Dr. Carlos Gil, the next presenter in SCC’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Verne Windham welcomes SSO Music Director James Lowe to KPBX after a long COVID separation from both Spokane and his orchestra. And Dan Webster offers his take on a current Netflix documentary. Plus, we have music from cellist Kevin Heckmatpanah and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Hamilton is a Whitworth University junior performance major on both violin and piano.

She is also playing Beethoven’s Concerto No.1-I with the Whitworth Orchestra on May 8.

Elizabeth's Piano Bench selections:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 90-I

Lowell Liebermann: Nocturne No. 2

JohannSebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F, WTC II

Fredric Chopin: Ballade in Ab

Today, Chris Maccini has a conversation with author Kate Lebo who, among her many other accomplishments, co-hosts the popular regional Pie and Whisky events. Gonzaga university music student Henry Mauser plays some delightfully gentle music by Domenico Scarlatti for us, and Dan Webster assesses a now-streaming 2019 film he managed to miss the first time around. And, Jim Tevenan investigates a traditional Scandinavian musical meditation called “Looflirpa,” with one of its most enthusiastic proponents, Bjorn Yeshterdeh.

Henry Mauser is a junior piano performance and biology double major at Gonzga University. He is part of Greg Presley's studio, and presented his junior recital at Gonzaga March 22nd. Henry recorded the program here in our KPBX performance space, and we are pleased to present it now as a Piano Bench broadcast and podcast. Here is Henry's program:

Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major, op. 110 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto

III. Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we welcome Karen Mobley, whose paintings are part of a new three-woman show opening soon at Spokane’s Terrain Gallery We’ll also get an update from Art Spirit Gallery owner Blair Williams on repairs to that flood-damaged space. Dan Webster has a review and we’ve got some music from pianist Melody Puller

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini reports on the Washington State Poetry out Loud finals, Jim Tevenan checks in with Bozeman Symphony music director Norman Huynh on his first year in the job, and Nathan Weinbender critiques a movie sequel. The Bozeman Symphony provides the music.

We celebrate the latest recording from American violinist, Hilary Hahn. It's called "Paris," and it features Hilary, joining an ensemble she has a long history with,  l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, led by Mikko Franck. Hilary loves Paris, and each of the selections on the album has a connection with that city, including the two serenades by Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara, dedicated to Hilary Hahn, and here featured as world premiere recordings.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we celebrate the notorious (and fun) poetic form, the limerick, as well as meet artist Ryker Murdock. Music is from EWU students and their latest Second Tuesday Piano Bench program.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University music major students for a "Second Tuesday" performance on KPBX's Piano Bench program. Jim Tevenan hosts, aided by Dr. Jody Graves of the Eastern music faculty. Music is by Josef Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Claude Debussy. Our musicians are pianists Tonya Ballman, Kathryn Amdahl, Carly Bair and Christian Skok, also violinist Dominic Treis and cellists Grace Ahola and Spencer McConnachie.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini’s guest is muralist Daniel Lopez. Jim Tevenan talks

again with music therapist Kim McMillin, and Dan Webster is Stayin’ Alive with his review of a new Bee Gees documentary. Music is from Floating Crowbar, the band for our upcoming KPBX Kids’ Concert.

On a special Piano Bench program we welcome Spokane piano technician Ken Eschete and, in California, Charles Metz--historic instrument collector, keyboardist and authority on old instruments, their mechanisms and their various tuning systems. With samples from Charles' new Navona album featuring keyboard music by Elizabethan composers for the virginal, we explore the amazing (and complex) world of historic tuning methods.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini talks with professor and author Dr. Anu Taranath https://www.anutaranath.com, latest in the series of Hagan Center for the Humanities presenters at SCC. We’ll also welcome Neal Schlindler, co-chair of the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival that begins next week. Dan Webster is by with a movie review and we have a bit of turn-of-the-(twentieth) century music from EWU.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini welcomes Spokane author, Sharma Shields, I introduce emerging artist Robin Milligan, and Dan Webster has a review a recent HBO offering, The Little Things. In honor of the just past Presidents Day, our music if from the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, poet and New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young chats with Chris Maccini, the Spokane Symphony’s Mateusz Wolski shares insights on performing during a pandemic, Rich Wandschneider of the Wallowa Valley’s Josephy Center and the Art Spirit Gallery’s Blair Williams are on hand, too, plus there’s music from our studio courtesy of EWU students.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University student musicians for this week's Piano Bench program. Many thanks for the participation of these EWU students, and for the leadership and  inspiration of their teachers, especially Drs. Jody Graves and John Marshall.

Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visitis the KPBX studio for conversation with Jim Tevenan around music during the pandemic, an upcoming performance with pianist  Archie Chen and more.

Blue Flower Arts

Today, Chris Maccini introduces us to poet, Yale University professor, and this year’s Race and Racism lecture presenter, Claudia Rankine. We’ve also got Verne Windham’s chat with Stage Left Theater’s Susan Hardie, director of their current production, An Illiad. I’ve got the latest from the CdA Music Conservatory executive director Julienne Dance. And Nathan Weinbender has a review of a new documentary film, Some Kind of Heaven. Music, in honor of Black History Month, is from composers Florence Price, R.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe checks in from Scotland and Chris Maccini introduces us to Seattle-based historian and author Dr. Daudi Abe, one of this year’s speakers at Spokane Community College’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Dan Webster weighs in on a new Netflix romance novel adaptation, and we’ll enjoy a bit of music form the Spokane Piston and Rotary Cl

ub, too.

With today's Piano Bench we begin a series of monthly showcases of Eastern Washington University music students, specifically piano majors in both solo and collaborative roles. With thanks to EWU's Dr. Jody Graves, this is the program:

Preludes, Op. 16-Alexander Scriabin

No 1 in B major: Andante

No 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro

No 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile

No 4 in E flat minor: Lento

No 5 in F sharp major: Allegretto

Tonya Ballman, piano (Junior, EWU Piano Major)

Minstrels-Claude Debussy

Opus 15 of Music That Matters brings a tribute, produced by Verne Windham, to long-time volnunteer host of Vox Humana's opera edition, Bill Roesch. Bill retired to Sandpoint after a career in theatre in California, and we happily benefitted from his great experience and expertise in his true musical love, opera.

We explore finding connection in a time of isolation on this week’s Northwest Arts Review: Chris Maccini talks with Spokane Arts grant awardee Skyler Oberst about his new video series, and Jim Tevenan discusses the neglected art of letter writing with Spokane Correspondence Club organizer Nicki Sabalu. Cinematic thoughts from Nathan Weinbender and music from the WSU Solstice Wind Quintet round out this edition of NWAR.

On the next Music That Matters, we welcome concert pianist, music educator, public speaker, goodwill ambassador, and much more, Dr. Jody Graves. We’ve got a wide-ranging conversation for you, plus generous samples of Jody’s playing, both as solo artist and, her favorite, collaborator with other fine musicians.

This week’s NWAR includes Chris Maccini’s conversation with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook around the state of poetry in this time of pandemic. Pianist and music educator Jody Graves reflects on her earliest experiences with her instrument, Dan Webster’s offers his take on a new Ryan Murphy film musical, and we get a reminder from James Lowe about a virtual Spokane Symphony performance happening very soon.

Opus 12 of Music That Matters remembers a pioneering concert artist and legendary teacher, Camilla Wicks. As a female musician she shone as a brilliant performer while breaking barriers, clearing the way for the current generation of women in music. As teacher she offered not only instruction in technique and interpretation, but also insights into music and the people who make it.

This week’s NWAR features two hopeful conversations about regional music as we check in with SSO MD James Lowe and Music Conservatory of CDA Executive Director Julienne Dance. Also, Chris Maccini continues his series of talks with the latest Spokane Arts Award grantees, this time welcoming writer and illustrator, Chelsea Martin. And the Clarion Brass provide some sonic seasonal cheer.

Opus 11 of Music That Matters, with host Jim Tevenan welcomes duo pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson-Chen for four-hand piano music by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak and Claude Debussy, along with solo pieces and their insights into professional, life partnership and the power of music to heal and bring balance to our lives.

This week’s Northwest Arts Review celebrates the latest round of grants from Spokane Arts as Chris Maccini talks with one of the recipients, artist, writer and yoga instructor Donell Barlow. Also, Jim Tevenan introduces emerging artist Tayler Jakeway, and Dan Webster has a movie review for us. We’ll also have music from two of our favorite pianists, Archie Chen and Rhona GouldsonChen.

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