Verne Windham

Music Director

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago.  “I came in to complain and they hired me.”  He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week.  When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible.  For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature.  For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.

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Leon Atkinson, host of The Guitar Hour, brings friends and festivity to the studio for a special performance: Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir and their director, Jon Brownell; Tonedevil Bros., Anothony and David Powell; and Mike Johnson. 

For more information on the Christmas Guitar Summit concerts, visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheguitarhour.

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Leon Atkinson, host of The Guitar Hour, brings friends and festivity to the studio for a special performance: Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir and their director, Jon Brownell; Tonedevil Bros., Anothony and David Powell; and Mike Johnson. 

For more information on the Christmas Guitar Summit concerts, visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheguitarhour.

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Kearney Jordan, Spokane Civic Theatre's Academy Director, visits the studio to discuss her production of the classic holiday play-within-a-play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Joining her in the conversation are actors Millie Paine, Josephine Kahler, and Audrey Overstreet.

This production is SOLD OUT. For more information on Spokane Civic Theatre productions, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/.

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The Inland Northwest is the home of a new musical production of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," with a libretto by Ed Bryan and music by William Berry. Ed Bryan visits the studio with Jeanne Hardie, the show's director, and actor Bill Garry (Captain Ahab) to discuss the musical and an upcoming trip to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in February 2020.

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A Spokane tradition since 2006, The Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be take place all day Saturday, December 14th. Historian Bill Stimson and Bing Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby, visit the studio in separate interviews to discuss the history of the Bing Crosby Theater, the Film Festival, and the enduring popularity of the entertainer himself.

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Chorale Coeur d'Alene will present two "Christmas By Candlelight" concerts, at 7 pm Friday and 2 pm Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene. Dr. Stan McDaniel, artistic director and conductor, stopped by the studio to talk about the musical performances with special featured guests the youth choral ensemble from Spokane, Crescendo Community Chorus, directed by Sharon Smith. A sing-along of familiar and beloved carols will complete each concert.

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Mark O'Connor and his family band are on the road with "An Appalachian Christmas," an album and a seasonal tour. He calls in to the studio to talk about the project, the family band, the tour, and the music.

Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" will be performed Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 PM at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For more information, visit https://www.markoconnor.com/an-appalachian-christmas.

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BachFest's Winter Classics 2019 is celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday with a series of concerts highlighting the composer's quartets. In the studio are two members of Ariel Quartet, Jan Gruning (viola) and Gershon Gerchikov (violin), to discuss their upcoming performances and the music.

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The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's "A Festive Celebration" will be performed December 6th and 7th at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Jan Pellant visits the studio with a preview of the performance, including selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 

For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/.

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Gonzaga University students approaching graduation and post-graduate life spent some time interviewing former Peace Corps volunteers about their choices to serve and their experiences around the world. The result is the Peace Corps Project, a play based on the real stories of the interviewees. Interview participants Mike and Lynn Noel and Charles Pepiton, and actors Brett Bean and Elizabeth Helmer, visit the studio to discuss the production.

The Peace Corps Project will be performed in Gonzaga's Magnuson Theatre at 2 PM, Sunday, December 8th. 

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Zuill Bailey, artistic director of The Northwest Bach Festival, visited the studio to talk about Connoisseur Concerts' performances this week to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday. String quartet performances are at 7:30 pm Tuesday at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d'Alene, 7:30 pm Wednesday at Barrister Winery in Spokane, 7:30 pm Friday at Hamilton Studio in Spokane, and 3 pm Sunday at Barrister Winery in Spokane. 

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Spokane Civic Theatre's holiday season productions open with an adaptation of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." Director Marianne McLaughlin and actors Megs Levi (Mary) and Joshua Baig (George) visit the studio to talk about the production and to perform a preview.

"It's a Wonderful Life" opens Friday, November 29, at 7:30 PM and continues through December 22. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/its-a-wonderful-life/.

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<p>Spokane Children's Theatre will present performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at 4 p.m. Friday and 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. Some of the children and adults who make up the cast, accompanied by pianist Lois Robertson, stopped by the studio to talk about the production and sing a few of the songs, "Dear St. Nick," "This Is The Time," and "Peaceful Night." The play continues through December 22 at 2727 N. Madelia Street.</p> 

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STCU Best of Broadway brings the 50th Anniversary Tour of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" to Spokane this week. Actors Aaron Lavigne (Jesus) and Jenna Rubaii (Mary) visit the studio to talk about their roles, the production, and life as touring actors.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" has shows Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.broadwayspokane.com/.

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Performers Molly Allen and Abbey Crawford visit the studio to discuss “Christmas Miracles” the annual holiday variety show hosted by Ellen and Margaret Travolta.

“Christmas Miracles” opens Friday, November 29, at 7:30 PM, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, and runs through December 22. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.cdaresort.com/play/events/holiday_show.

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Director Josephine Keefe of Stage Left Theatre visits the studio to discuss a their production of “Venus in Fur,” David Ives’ play-within-a-play based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Also in the studio are actors Emily Jones (Vanda von Dunayev) and Danny Anderson (Thomas Novachek) to perform a scene from the show and talk about their roles.

“Venus in Fur” opens Friday, November 22, at 7:30 and continues through December 8. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

Karin Wedemeyer, one of the founders of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, and John Fitzgerald stopped by the studio to talk about the conservatory's annual Fall Serenade Concert, at 5 pm Sunday. Proceeds go towards the conservatory's scholarship programs.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks series continues with a commemoration of the Moon Landing. Guest conductor Roger Kalia visits the studio with Spokane Symphony's new Marketing Director, Kathy Gustafson, and Director of Education Programs, Janet Napoles, for a discussion of the concert's program and multi-media presentations.

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Flutist Alicia Mielke returns to the studio to talk about her career in music, and to perform a preview of her upcoming concert with pianist Kevin Garnica. The two will perform a program that includes four pieces by Heinrich Feld.

See Alicia Mielke and Kevin Garnica in three performances: at the Fairplay Concert Hall and Arena at 7 PM Friday, November 15, and at 1 PM on Saturday, November 16; and at the Harrington Opera House at 1 PM November 17. For more information, visit https://www.aliciamielke.com/events

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Ashley DeMoville, Director of Spokane Falls Community College's production of Qui Nguyen's "Six Rounds of Vengeance" visits the studio to discuss the play, which takes place in the post-apocalyptic "Lost Vegas." Also in the studio are actors Jayce Fortin (Jess) and Sarah Plumb (Gabbie) to talk about their roles, stage-combat, and dystopia on the stage.

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Andrew Start, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth," visits the studio to discuss the play, which centers around young adults in 1980s Manhattan. Also in the studio are Denny Taylor (Dennis), Jacob Carruthers (Warren), and Elizabeth Martin (Jessica) who play the three young New Yorkers navigating their personal ambitions and the Reagan Era.

"Harriet" makes an American historical icon into an action figure, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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Abigail Rockwell, Norman Rockwell's granddaughter, visits the studio in advance of an evening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in conjunction with the "Rockwell's America" exhibition. Ms. Rockwell discusses "My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition," which restores the original text and illustrations of her grandfather's autobiography, co-written with her father, Tom Rockwell.

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Troy Heppner visits the studio to discuss  "The Cemetery Club," the new production he's directing at Ignite! Community Theatre. Also in the studio are actors Gail Cory-Betz (Ida), Lauralynn "Lulu" Stafford (Lucille), Phedre Burney-Peters (Doris), and Jerry Uppinghouse (Sam) to perform scenes from the show. 

"The Cemetery Club" opens Friday, November 8, at 7:30 PM, and runs through November 24th. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.igniteonbroadway.org/.

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We've just been identified by the voice, and words, of Michael Patoray. It is a sound we will have to remember and treasure.  Michael died early Monday morning from a fast moving and extremely aggressive form of liver cancer, after a stay of about a week in the hospital.

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Charles Pepiton, Professor of Theatre at Gonzaga University, visits the studio to discuss a new adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of young love and dueling families, "Romeo & Juliet." Also in the studio are actors Brett Bean (Romeo), Barnabas Sirak (Benvolio), and PJ Seeberger (Mercutio) to perform scenes from the play and talk about their interpretations of their characters.

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Tim Westerhaus, Conductor and Music Director of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, returns to the studio to discuss the upcoming Veteran's Day concert, "Grant Us Peace." The Spokane Kantorei and Festival Singers, and Collegium Chamber Orchestra will perform music and words inspired and written by veterans.

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Kearney Jordan, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's Academy, visits the studio with a preview of the Academy's production of "War of the Worlds." Also in the studio is the young star of the production, actor Millie Paine, performing scenes from the show and discussing her role as Orson Welles.

"War of the Worlds" will be performed on the Civic's Main Stage at 5:00 PM on November 7th. For more information on classes at the Civic Academy, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/about-the-academy/.

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Greg Presley joined tango dancers Charles Lamphiear & Shannon Stroup and pianists Sarah and Avah Girges for an interview with Verne in the studio Friday. They will be performing in The Spokane Music Teachers Association Annual Duo Piano Concert, at 7 pm Saturday in the Eastern Washington University Music Recital Hall. 

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Trigger Weddle, Artistic Director of Aspire Community Theatre, visits the studio with members of the cast of "The Addams Family," Callie Cabe (Director), Anden J. Leo (Gomez), and Jen Kleinkauf (Morticia). The musical, based on Charles Addams' macabre cartoon family, offers an original story in which a grown-up Wednesday invites her boyfriend and his parents to the Addams family home for dinner.

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