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From the Studio: Tim Westerhaus, St. John's Cathedral, and Arvo Pärt's Passio

To celebrate Good Friday at St. John's Cathedral, Music Director Tim Westerhaus has programmed a reflective evening of music, featuring the Passio by living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.  Pärt is perhaps one of the most well-known and performed contemporary classical composers today. Tonight's performance will feature Max Mendez (baritone), Justin Raffa (tenor), the Evangelist Quartet, the Cathedral Collegium Quartet, and the Cathedral Kantorei Choir.  It is all directed by Tim Westerhaus, who joined Verne in the studio today to talk about the program.  The performance starts at 8:00pm tonight, Friday, March 25th at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane.

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.