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.

Ways to Connect

NWAR is back from a Thanksgiving holiday with three guests from the world of literature and the arts as Chris Maccini welcomes Lydia Boss, program manager at Artists’ Trust of Washington, I’ll chat with ceramic artist Gina Fruen about the new Cup of Joy show at the Trackside Gallery, and Verne Windham shares his conversation with public radio icon Garrison Keillor.

Parlor Music, that do-it-yourself home entertainment medium, thrived in the years between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of World War I in Europe. It was the way music was shred and enjoyed in many, many households both in the U. S. and England. Our November Kids' Concert celebrates Parlor Music as pianists Melody Puller and Mary Trotter and tenor Tim Westerhaus take us back to a bygone era of music. KPBX's Jim Tevenan hosts and plays a bit on another instrument popular in these years, the harmonium or pump organ.

Our focus today is music and art in the Lake City, Coeur d’Alene. We’ll visit with Blair Williams, owner of The Art Spirit Gallery and Julienne Dance, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of CdA. Dan Webster offers some cinema wisdom, and our Mozart is from the String Orchestra of the Rockies.

We're mixing things up a bit today, beginning with Chris Maccini’s conversation with artist and author A. Kendra Greene, who takes us on a journey to some quite remarkable Icelandic museums, Jim Tevenan checks in with the Spokane Symphony’s James Lowe, still at home in Scotland, and Verne Windham reintroduces us to Gonzaga University Director of Dance, Suzanne Ostersmith. Our music today, Anton Arensky's Variations on a Tchaikovsky melody played by El Paso Pro-Musica, connects with Verne and Suzanne's chat.

Northwest Arts Review returns from a pre-election hiatus with a literary and visual arts focus. Chris Maccini talks with Spokane author Jess Walter about his new novel, The Cold Millions, and we’ll take a virtual trip to the Wallowa Valley to learn about the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, OR. Dan Webster drops by for a film review, too, and we celebrate our return with some spirited music from the EWU Wind Ensemble, led by Patrick Winters.

Virtual theatre and music are on the NWAR menu this week as we hear from Whitworth University theatre professor Andy Christensen about an upcoming production, and NWBachfest artistic director Zuill Bailey on insights he has gained during the pandemic. Plus, Dan Webster tells us about a new classic detective tale from Netflix. NWAR, Thursday at noon on KPBX

Cellist and NWBachfest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey dropped by our KPBX studio for an in-person (!) chat with Jim Tevenan around the festival's latest offering, a virtual series called "Across the Miles."

Guests from Spokane and Kallispell, MT are part of this week’s NWAR. Wes Jessup of the NWMAC and John Zoltek of the GSO share news on the art and music fronts, and Dan Webster gives us the lowdown on a new film. Music from the Glacier Symphony rounds out the offerings this Thursday.

This time around on NWAR, we’ve got a nice mix of music, theatre and literature. Chris Maccini introduces us to Spokane theatre artist Sid Al Thumali, the Spokane Symphony’s James Lowe drops by for one of our periodic chats, and Verne Windham has a surprise guest!

This time around on NWAR, we again focus on visual arts, with guests Gina Freuen, co-founder of the Little Spokane Artist Studio Tour, and Ginger Oakes, owner of the Go Art Center on the South Hill. Both have stories to tell of art and artists in challenging times. Nathan Weinbender reviews a new film set in the art world, and the Spokane String Quartet provides the music.

This week, we focus on visual arts, catching up on the health of the local art scene with Spokane Arts Executive Director Melissa Huggins and previewing another innovative Art on the Go event happening this weekend with organizer Morgan Walters. Dan Webster checks in with a film review and we enjoy a bit of poetry, courtesy of frequent SPR guest, Mike Aleman. Our music is from a visit by the Pan Pacific wind ensemble last January.

This week, String Orchestra of the Rockies Artistic Director Maria Larionoff joins us with the good news about the orchestra’s new season, which starts this weekend with live performances in Missoula. Chris Maccini introduces us to author Vanessa Vaselka and her new novel, The Great Offshore Grounds. Nathan Weinbender drops by with his take on a new Netflix offering, Project Power, and we’ll enjoy a bit of flute and piano music from our performance studio archive, played by Jennifer Slaughter and Melody Puller


This week, conversations with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook and Inland Northwest Opera General Director Dawn Wolski, both key figures at the intersection of pandemic and the arts. Dan Webster offers his take on a documentary that explores the winning-is-everything mindset of contemporary politics, and we get some soothing sounds from our studio courtesy of guitarist Jacob Johnson.

Due to scheduling complications, we were unable to air Jim Tevenan's interview with Wyoming artist, Travis Walker. Travis' work was part of the mid-summer show at The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene called "New Western Vibe." Samples of Travis' work referred to in the conversation. More of Travis' images are at The Art Spirit Gallery's website.

Violinist Yvette Kraft stopped by our KPBX studio to play for us, a welcome respite from the COVID-related drought of live performance in the last months. Yvette shares with us a piece she just learned, but will never be "done" with, Sebastian Bach's "Chaconne," from his Partia No. 2 for Solo Violin.

This week, NWAR features Jim Tevenan's monthly long-distance chat with Spokane Symphony Orchestra Music Director

James Lowe in Scotland, blended with music from Mexican-American enclaves in southern Idaho along with details from Idaho folk and traditional arts director, Steven Hatcher. Also, we’ll meet Ginger Ewing, Executive Director and CoFounder of Spokane's Terrain arts organization, including information about their current show/auction, “Art in the Time of Quarantine.”

This week, we mix conversations from the present with music from the first months of this program. Chris Maccini talks with Spokane tribe member and glass artist, Shawn Brigman, I’ll contribute a chat with emerging area artist, DJ Moon, and Denny Carman drops by to tell about his newest drive-by art project. Music includes sounds from the African children’s choir from their 2018 visit to KPBX.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, visual art takes the spotlight as we contemplate a virtual art on the Green, learn about a new weekly pop-up art market in Spokane, and discover a brand new piece of downtown public art. Also in the mix, a couple of features from 2018 as we celebrate the program’s second birthday.

Margaret May Saunders Ott was a legendary Spokane area pianist and piano teacher whose students have enjoyed careers in performance and music education. Several of them have recorded tributes to Margie May, both playing and reminiscing. We'll hear Jody Graves, Greg Presley, Scott Rednour, Steve Drury, Phil Aaberg, and Mrs. Ott herself.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, a conversation with the Idaho Arts Commission's Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, Steven Hatcher, also Chris Maccini lets us know about a special virtual event mounted by Auntie's Bookstore this weekend, we'll hear a musical tribute on the 100th birthday anniversary of a legendary Spokane teacher, Margie May Ott, and Nathan Weinbender lets us know about a pair of new films that paint a less than ideal portrait of 1950s America.

This week, Chris Maccini introduces us to Carter Hudson, another NPR Tiny Desk Contest entrant from the Inland Northwest, also we meet the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra Music Director-elect, Norman Huynh

, and hear a Dan Webster movie review. Music in and out is from a Bozeman Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Norman Huynh last December.

This week, one of long-time leaders of the Inland Northwest arts community, Karen Mobley, pays a visit to talk about her newest creation, a book of poetry. Also, Chris Maccini introduces us to a regional singer-songwriter who took the plunge and entered NPR’s country-wide Tiny Desk Concert competition, and Dan Webster offers his take on a new movie. Music today is a bit of ragtime piano from the Methow Valley’s Bill Hottell.

Today, we meet the host of a program new to KPBX, but familiar to KSFC listeners. Her name is Sarah Aronson, and her program, The Write Question, which now follows NWAR each Thursday afternoon on KPBX. Also, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe reports from his home in Edinborough, Scotland, updating us on his hopes and trepidations as the Symphony plans it next steps. And Dan Webster will be by with a film review. Our music going in is courtesy of Ludwig Van Beethoven, by way of the Spokane String Quartet.  

Today, two positive and I think uplifting conversations: we meet Diane Sherman, a Spokane artist who merges yoga, journaling, painting and drawing into her work, teaching, and way of living. We’ll also check in with cellist and director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival Kevin Krentz, whose creativity has been more than stretched in these difficult times. Music is from the 2017 Methow Valley Music Festival.

This Week's NWAR takes us to Coeur d'Alene's Art on the Green, a traditional event available only virtually this year. We'll also hear from a young musician on the rise, violinist Yvette Kraft, back from a successful time at the Grumiaux Festival in Belgium. And we check in with David LaFever of the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. The Center recently received one of the federal government's CARES grants.

As we continue our series on how arts organizations are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear from Mike Ferrians, manager of Dayton's iconic Liberty Theatre, and from Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's Artistic Associate Chuck Etheridge. Dan Webster offers his take on the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and we'll hear music from Kevin Brown, host of KPBX's Front Porch Bluegrass.

These days, we're all adapting to COVID-19 realities, artists and arts entities included. Two stories of change and adaptation are featured on this week's NWAR: A tale of a unique way of keeping visual art alive in the Spokane area that seems to be morphing into a new tradition called Art on the Go, and the story of a philosophical approach to the cancellation of a popular music festival that springs from a musical metaphor--the Grand Pause.

This week on Northwest Arts Review we'll learn about how two significant arts organizations are both coping with current pandemic realities and planning for an uncertain future as we hear from Blair Williams from Coeur d'Alene's The Art Spirit Gallery and Emily Paris-Martin from the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. Also, we'll have a chance to learn a bit about the connection of art and Native American culture from Terry Cross, Founding Executive Director and current Senior Advisor of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.