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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Spokane Civic Theatre's latest production taps local history to tell the story of the Hutton Settlement children's home in Spokane Valley. Writer/director Tim Rarick, actors Tom McArthur (Judge Leavy) and Michael Schmidt (Gus Paulson), and Hutton Settlement Director of Community Relations & Communications, Jessica Laughery, discuss the Settlement's history in the region and the inspiration and development of the play.

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Chorale Coeur d'Alene will present its fall concert, "A Singing Faith," at 7 pm Friday and 2 pm Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene, and at 2 pm Saturday, November 2, at Opportunity Presbyterian Church in Spokane Valley. Director Stan McDaniel shares his impressions of the concert, which will feature Holst, "Short Festival Te Deum," and Walker, "Gospel Songs," with music by Forrest, Rutter, Clausen and Arneson.  

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Kevin Brown, producer of Front Porch Bluegrass, was interviewed by Verne on Tuesday about his new album, "Heroes and Sparrows".  The album of songs written by Kevin features Ben Winship, Natalie Rae Padilla and Eric Thorin. Release parties for the album will be held at The Bartlett in Spokane on Friday, at Di Luna's in Sandpoint on Saturday, and on Sunday in Tacoma.  

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Spokane Symphony Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara, and guest cellist Joshua Roman visit the studio for a conversation about Masterworks 3:  Soviet Transcendence, which includes pieces by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. 

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Ignite! Community Theatre's latest production is a one-weekend-only recreation of the 1944 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast of "Casablanca," originally produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Director Pamela Kingsley visits the studio to discuss the staged recreation, with actors Alex Barclay (Rick), Julie Berghammer (Ilsa), Dan Griffith (Renault), and Dan Nailen (Lazlo), who perform a few scenes live on air.

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Stage Left Theater's season continues with Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," the satire of the down-and-out in post-war London with music by Kurt Weill. Director Troy Nickerson visits the studio with actors Abbey Crawford (Jenny) and Robert Tombari (Macheath), to discuss the production and perform songs from the show.

"The Threepenny Opera" opens Friday, October 18, at 7:30 PM, and runs through November 3rd. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/season-2019/.

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"Tales of the American" is a new exhibit and documentary film, now at the Spokane Falls Community College Fine Arts Gallery, about the lives of the artists and occupants of the historic American Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The film's writer and editor, Pamela Wilson, and director, Stephen Seemayer, visit the studio to talk about the history of the hotel itself, and the genesis and creation of the film and the accompanying art exhibit, which features the works of some of the artists who lived and worked at the hotel.

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Spark Central's latest creative community project resurrects the live radio drama with a production of "Treasure Island." Marc Anthony directs a cast of community actors of all ages, some playing multiple roles, through Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling adventure. Also in the studio are Spark Central's Program Manager, Melissa Dziedzic, and voice actors Amanda Moulton, Sawyer Frye, Jared Frye, Mariah Eggers, Owen Eggers, Sue Eller, and Caryl Briscoe-Michar, performing a preview of the show.

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Spokane Children's Theatre visits the studio with a preview of their new production of the musical "The Addams Family." The original story based on the classic television series and films introduces a grown-up Wednesday Addams (Molly Robbins), bringing her "normal" boyfriend home to meet the family for the first time. In the studio to discuss the show and perform are Director Craig Hirt, Managing Director Doug Beschta, and actors Molly Robbins, Tyson Fletcher (Pugsly), and Charles Fletcher (Uncle Fester).

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Dr. Sophia Tegart, Clinical Assistant Professor of Flute at Washington State University's School of Music, visited with Verne about the many celebrations  of the flute that are happening on the Palouse campus this month, including WSU Flute Day on Saturday, October 12. On October 18, the 100-year Celebration of Dick Kattenburg, a composer who died in a concentration camp, she will 

play his flute sonata. While in the studio, Sophia played two pieces live: Katherine Hoover's Winter Spirits for solo flute, and CPE Bach's Sonata in A Minor, Movement 2.

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Spokane Symphony's new season continues with "Garden Romance," a program featuring works by Shostakovitch, Satie, Rodrigo, and Mozart. In the studio with a preview are Music Director James Lowe and guest artist, guitarist Robert Belinic.

Spokane Symphony's "Garden Romance" performance will take place Saturday, October 5th, at 8 PM, and Sunday, October 6th, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks145/.

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Jan Pellant, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, visits the studio to discuss the upcoming season opening concert, which features pieces by Dvorak and Smetana, and the season to come, "Heaven & Earth."

Coeur d'Alene Symphony's season debuts 7:30 PM Friday, October 4th, at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. There will be a matinee performance at 2 PM Saturday, October 5th, as well. For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/.

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Organ Plus!, presented by the Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is an evening of music by organists and accompanying musicians on a variety of instruments. Nisha Coulter and Jim Holmes, musicians and organizers, visit the studio to talk about the concert and the efforts of local musicians to educate the next generation of organists.

Organ Plus! will take place at 3 PM, October 6th, at the Community United Methodist Church (1470 West Hanley Avenue, Hayden, Idaho).

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Josephine the Volcano, a trio of musicians Olivia Brownlee, Coty Hogue, and Kat Bula, visits the studio to perform songs from their upcoming shows, and to talk about their musical influences and their work as collaborators. Also in the studio is Tana Bachmann, a musician and artist in her own right, to talk about her work curating the Perry Street Concert Series.

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Rogan Tinsley, a composer and saxophonist, came to the studio to talk with Verne about the motivation and inspiration for his music. Rogan is a student at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane.

In Part Two of Gonzaga University Music Department's visit to the studio, pianist Greg Presley performs the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat, and the discussion about music, performance, and education continues with Tim Westerhaus, Director of Choirs and Vocal studies, and Robert Spittal, Director of the Creative Music Lab.

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In Part One of Gonzaga University Music Department Faculty's visit to the studio, Michael and Kelleren Millham perform two songs on guitar and vocals, respectively. Also in the studio are Robert (Bob) Spittal, Conductor of the Faculty and Student Chamber Orchestra, with selections from the upcoming performance showcase, Greg Presley, pianist, and Tim Westerhaus, Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies and Music Department Chair.

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The Watoto Children's Choir, comprised of Ugandan children of many ages, visits the performance studio with their adult leaders, Paul and Eunice Musaali and Mercy Imusalaba. The children and their accompanying musicians perform songs written by members of the Watoto Church, which serves orphaned and vulnerable children and women with a variety of programs. The choir tours with different children each year, allowing as many children as possible to perform for audiences around the world.

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Spokane Civic Theatre’s Susan Hardie visits the studio to discuss “The Book of Will,” Lauren Gunderson’s play about a pivotal moment in Elizabethan history when the plays of William Shakespeare could have been lost to posterity. Also in the studio are actors Jamie Flannery (John Heminges), Bridget Pretz (Alice Heminges), Kelly Hauenstein (Henry Condell), Rebecca Craven (Rebecca Heminges), and Bill Marlowe (Ben Jonson), to perform a couple of scenes from the play.

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Dean Williamson, Conductor of Inland Northwest Opera's "Madame Butterfly," visits the studio to discuss his history in Spokane, conducting Puccini's opera. Also in the studio is Fenlon Lamb, Stage Director, who discusses the nuances of staging a beloved opera, especially one that translates a story and imagery from the East for a Western audience.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Director of "Matilda the Musical," visits the studio with actors Eleanor Weitz (Matilda), Shelby Freesmeyer (Miss Honey), and Doug Dawson (Miss Agatha Trunchbull), and the Civic's Music Director, Henry McNulty, with a preview of the production.

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Members of Spokane Children's Theatre visit the studio to talk about their annual fundraiser, The Fantastical Family Fun Night. Young performers Madeline Brownlee and Zeyden Robbins and their parents (Tanya Brownlee and Chris Robbins, respectively), along with Managing Director Doug Beschta, give a preview of the evening's offerings and talk about what it means to support local theatre and young performers.

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Red Bird Theatre is presenting "Into the "Woods," a musical for the whole family that puts a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, beginning Thursday and continuing through September 29 at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. Principals involved in the production stopped by the studio for an interview with Verne.  Listen to Kylee, as the Witch, sing "Stay With Me," and Kenzi, as Little Red, sing "I Know Things Now." 

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Inland Northwest Opera will present Madame Butterfly for two performances only: 7:30 PM Friday and 2 PM Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Dawn Wolski, general director, and soprano Elizabeth Caballero stopped by the studio to talk with Verne about what the audience can expect, about bringing the lead role of Cio-Cio-San to life, and to share some of the music written by Puccini for the opera, which moves listeners from anticipation and hope to betrayal and despair. 

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Symphony Week wraps up with Spokane Symphony's Music Director, James Lowe, and Guest Pianist, William Wolfram, discussing American masterpieces and their approaches to interpretting and performing them. 

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Symphony Week continues with Spokane Symphony's Jeff vom Saal (Executive Director) and Janet Napoles (Manager of Education Programs), discussing educational outreach for students from kindergarten through 12th grades. Also in the studio is 2019-2020's Principal Trombonist, John Church, who talks about his musical education and career, and performs the first movement of Jacques Casterede's "Sonatine" with accompanist Tiffany Wang.

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Day three of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio brings another conversation with James Lowe, Musical Director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, this time on the subject of music and health, with Dr. John J. Demakas, Chief Medical Officer of MultiCare Neuroscience Institute. Two Symphony musicians, Larry Jess (Principal Trumpet) and Patrick McNally (Principal Double Bass) join the program to discuss their work as musicians before and after health crises. 

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Verne has a conversation with Garrison Keillor in advance of his appearance with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony. 

See Garrison Keillor and the Coeur d'Alene Symphony 7:30 PM, Saturday, September 14. For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/garrison-keillor/.

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"Creative" doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the versatility of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. In a studio interview, three musicians, joined by Dan Cotter, general manager, and Jake Ray, box office manager, described what it takes to create programs with themes of mayhem and mystery, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, rock music and movies, and more.  Listen and be inspired!

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Songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Anne Mannan visits the studio to talk about her life in music and her new album, "Carnies & Cowboys." 

The record release show for "Carnies & Cowboys" will feature Jenny Anne, backed by Her Angel Band--a host of stellar local and regional musicians--and special guests Sara and Sean Watkins, performing as Watkins Family Hour.

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