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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Ignite Community Theatre visits the studio with a preview of their new production, Philip King's riotous farce, "See How They Run." Karen Brathovde, Director, and members of the cast Dan Griffith (Arthur Humphrey), George Morrison (Bishop of Lax), Tristen Canfield (Miss Skillon), and Michelle Bakken (Ida, the maid) discuss their roles and perform a scene from the show.

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Stage Left Theater's latest production is surreal... Marlee Andrews (Gabriela) and Rick Rivera (The Moon) visit the studio with a preview of Jose Rivera's "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot," directed by Juan Mas.

"References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" opens 7:30 PM, Friday, September 6, and runs through September 22. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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What a treat to begin the day with gorgeous piano music played by Richard Dowling, back in Spokane for another concert in Connoisseur Concerts' BachFest! Thursday night's concert at Barrister Winery is The Teenage Chopin -- Early Genius. The music consists of masterpieces that Frederic Chopin, born in 1810 in Warsaw, Poland, created as a teen.  

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With the recent national conversation about giving respect to boys who dance, Verne's interview today with ballet dancer Harris Kahler and his mother Erika was particularly timely. Harris, 17, has been dancing for six years and will start school at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan this week. His goal is to become a professional dancer.

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Kearney Jordan, Academic Director of Spokane Civic Theatre, brings a preview of this summer's Civic Academy Musical Production (C.A.M.P), the musical, "13." Henry McNulty, Music Director, accompanies cast members Jameson Elton, Addit Dibble, Delaney Kahler, Arlo McGowan, Tyler McCabe, Erik Wolfrum, Max Petrusek, and Leilani Santiago, performing two songs from the show.

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Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's season finale will be the jukebox musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe." Deborah Rambo Sinn, Musical Director and Accompanist, Josephy Lyons, Director and Choreographer, and Josie Brett, actor, singer, and dancer, visit the studio to discuss the show and preview some of the classic pop songs from the show.

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens Thursday, August 8, and continues through August 25th. For tickets and showtimes, visit the website https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1.

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Yvonne AK Johnson, Executive Artistic Director of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, stops by the studio with a preview of their season finale, the ABBA-infused musical, "Mama Mia." Also in the studio are actors Andrea Olsen (Donna), Emma Larson (Sophie), Marnie Rorholm (Tanya), Michael Muzatko (Harry), and Paul Villabrille (Sam), and a dozen members of the ensemble chorus, singing songs from the show.

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When the hit musical "Les Miserables" opens tonight at First Interstate Center for the Arts, Nick Cartell will be in the role of Jean Valjean. He talked with Verne about the joys and challenges of taking the lead in the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Victor Hugo novel about crime, punishment, love and revolution in 19th Century France. Performances continue through Sunday. 

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Sarah Whitney (from Sybarite5) is in Spokane prior to the group's performance with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in Sandpoint next week. She and her friend Julia Salerno talked with Verne about the popup violin concert, Beyond the Notes, that they are throwing Thursday evening.  

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The 38th Annual Royal Fireworks Concert will present an evening of inspired music, from Susato to Schuman, culminating in Handel's "Musik for the Royal Fireworks, 1749." Conductor David Dutton and musicians Sara Jolivet (bassoon and piccolo) and Michel Jolivet (contrabassoon) visit the studio to with a preview of the event's offerings.

The 38th Annual Royal Fireworks Concert will take place 9 PM, Sunday, July 28th, in Spokane's Riverfront Park.

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Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director of Northwest Bach Festival, visits the studio, accompanied by cellist Patrick Laird, with a preview of upcoming concerts.

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Lake City Playhouse opens its summer season with a retelling of the story of America's most infamous criminal lovers, "Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical." Board President & Director Brooke Wood, Amber Fiedler (Bonnie) and Oskar Owens (Clyde), visit the studio to talk about the show, and perform a preview of the music.

For tickets and more information, visit the website http://www.lakecityplayhouse.org/event/601949b42172cd8b0b3dd462f4dd81ca.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's summer season opens with "Spring Awakening," a musical based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, and with contemporary words and music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Jake Schaefer (who co-directs the production with Sarah Dahmen), cast members Aubrey Peterson (Ilse), Elizabeth Martin (Wendla), Aaron Jerry Skipper (Melchior), and Jonah Taylor (Moritz), and Music Director Henry McNulty visit the studio to talk about and perform songs from the show. 

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Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s season continues with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “The Sound of Music.” Director Yvonne A.K. Johnson, cast members Patti Mortier (Mother Abbess), Michael Muzatko (Captain von Trapp), Jennifer Tindall (Maria), Maddie Burgess (Lisle), Kimball DeMars (Rolf), and accompanist David Brewster visit the studio to talk about the production and perform songs from the show.

For tickets and more information, visit the website https://svsummertheatre.com/Home/EventDetails/22.

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Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s season continues with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!” Musical Director Chuck Ethridge, cast members Amy D’Orazi (Laurey), Aimee Paxton (Ado Annie), Tristan Berg (Will Parker), and accompanist, Jenny Twitchell visited the studio to talk about the production and perform songs from the show, “Many a New Day” and “All or Nuthin.”

For tickets and show times, visit the website http://www.cdasummertheatre.com/shows.html.

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Verne got a preview of two arias from Cosi fan tutte, a two-act opera by Mozart that will highlight Sunday's Opera On The Lake Cruise by Inland Northwest Opera. In the studio, Derrick Parker sang "How I Hate to Break the News" and Heather Parker sang "Stability in a Soldier." Both dialogue and song will be in English on Sunday and the performance will be in the round. The sunset cruise boards at the Couer d'Alene Resort at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 to 9:30 pm event.

Brady Bourgard, of Wallace, Idaho's Sixth Street Melodrama and Theatre, calls in to talk about the community theater's annual summer melodramas. Opening this week, and running through the month of July, is "Sam Shovel, Private Eye, and the Case of the Maltese Pigeon" or "Hard Boiled...with a Side of Hash." Written and directed by Brady and his twin brother Eli, the play is set in 1930's Wallace and parodying the hard-boiled detective dramas of the period. The August melodrama will be "The Carpet Caper" or "Who Stole the Mayor's Rug?" written and directed by Cyndi Bentley.

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Conductor James Lowe visits the studio to discuss his new position as music director of the Spokane Symphony.

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Olivia Brownlee (and her alter ego Amelia Peaceheart) dropped by the studio to talk about "The TRUE Variety Show" and to play a little banjo.

"The TRUE Variety Show" will take place at 4 PM at the Rockin' B Ranch June 23rd, July 21st, August 25th, and September 22nd. For more information visit the website http://truevarietyshow.com.

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It took three years, but Isabelle Busch has written, illustrated, laid out and published her first book, "Theoretical Dragon Anatomy". She took her childhood fascination with dragons a bit further: to create a book grounded in real science. It was an independent project done outside of classes at University High School and it is available for sale on Amazon and elsewhere. Auntie's Bookstore is hosting a launch party at 7 PM Saturday, June 15, and she has a signing at Barnes & Noble in the Spokane Valley, 11 am-3pm Saturday, June 22.

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Millie Brumbaugh, Creative and Musical Director of Pend Oreille Players, visits the studio with a preview of the summer production "Coming to America." Joining her are Racine Balow, Assistant Director and Tech, and actor Janine Goodrich, who performs a song from the show, "O Sole Mio." They discuss the stories of immigrant America that inspired the show.

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Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's first production of 2019 will be the family favorite "Beauty and the Beast." Lorna Hamilton (director) and Jesse Hampsch (vocal director) discuss the production, and actors Brandon Michael (the Beast) and Adelaide Turnage (Belle) perform songs from the show, with accompanist Annie Flood on piano.

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Spokane Youth Ballet will present its Summer Concert 2019 at 7 pm Saturday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. It is an evening of two one-act ballets performed by the students of the Academy of Dance. The first is "The Seasons," a charming love story set to the music of Alexander Glazunov. That's followed by the premiere of "Sleeping Rosa," a contemporary ballet that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty set in Spanish Harlem. Both ballets feature guest artist Benjamin Tucker of Nevada Ballet Theater.

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Robert V. "Bobby" McDonald, a Buffalo Soldier Reenactor, visits the studio to talk about an event in Wallace, Idaho this weekend celebrating the contributions of the Iron Riders: a group of twenty African American soldiers who rode bicycles across the country, from Missoula to St. Louis, 118 years ago this June. 

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Jacob Johnson, a former student of Guitar Hour guest host John Paul Shields and an award-winning musician in his own right, visits the studio to perform, and to discuss his training and influences.

Jacob will perform a free concert in the Spokane Falls Community College Auditorium (Building 15) Sunday, June 9, at 2 PM. The program will include transcriptions of Schubert and Granados, the Spanish music of Tarrega and Torroba, modern works of Brouwer and Callahan, and a few preludes by Jacob himself.

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Jacob Johnson, a former student of Guitar Hour guest host John Paul Shields and an award-winning musician in his own right, visits the studio to perform, and to discuss his training and influences.

Jacob will perform a free concert in the Spokane Falls Community College Auditorium (Building 15) Sunday, June 9, at 2 PM. The program will include transcriptions of Schubert and Granados, the Spanish music of Tarrega and Torroba, modern works of Brouwer and Callahan, and a few preludes by Jacob himself.

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Art Spirit Gallery of Coeur d'Alene has a new venture, AS2, in The Wonder Building, in Spokane.  "Threads of Wonder," a pop-up exhibition, features textile artists Shawn Parks and Margaret Mount.

As a part of Pride Month, curator Andrew Whitver worked with Spokane galleries, the City Council, Spokane Arts, the Downtown Library, and the Downtown Square Partnership to designate the First Friday Queer Art Walk. Whitver, and gallerists Kim Deater and Blair Williams discuss the genesis of AS2, the transformation of the Wonder Building, and the exciting events going on this weekend.

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"Bottoms Up!" the final production of Ignite! Community Theatre's 14th season, takes place in the Caribbean, as an unlikely cast converges at a hotel. Through confusion, and a con or two, the prevailing question is: who has the suitcase? Director Jerry Upinghouse and actors Tricia Petrinovich (June), Phedre Burney-Peters (Victoria), and Trey Heppner (Mr. Rushmore), visit the studio to discuss the play and perform a preview.

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Spokane Falls Community College Director of Drama, Ashley DeMoville, brings a preview of the Falls' final theatre production of the season, "Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical." Joining her are actors Jennifer Tindall and Jaycelane Fortin, and Music Director Andrea Olsen, sampling songs from the show and discussing their roles.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's Academy will present an evening of imrov at North Central High School Theater as a fundraiser for the Academy's scholarship program, and North Central Drama's first ever trip to the International Thespian Festival.

Academy Director Kearney Jordan talks about the Academy's expanding programming for young actors, and Civic Theatre actors Nancy Gasper and Thomas Olson give us a preview of the evening's imrovisational entertainment.

See the performance 7:30 PM, Friday, May 31st, at the North Central High School Theater, 1600 N. Howard Street, Spokane.

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