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From the Studio: Festival at Sandpoint and the Spokane Symphony

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The Spokane Symphony kicks off their summer concerts with the grand finale of the Festival at Sandpoint, which started back on August 4th and finishes up this Sunday, August 14th.  Conductor and director of the festival, Gary Sheldon, will lead the Spokane Symphony in a big concert featuring works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Gershwin.  Also on the program is one of last year's favorite guests, composer and pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, who will be performing the world premiere of his Seasons Suite for Piano and Orchestra.  Preceding the annual fireworks, the Spokane Symphony will start their concert at 7:30pm on Sunday, August 14th in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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.