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From the Studio: Ken Eschete and the Moldenhauer Bluthner Piano

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Piano Technician Ken Eschete came to our KPBX studio to talk about his restoration of the late-1890s Bluthner grand piano that belonged to musicologist and Spokane musical legend, Dr, Hans Moldenhauer. His conversation with Jim Tevenan is illustrated with music of the late Romantic era played on the Bluthner in Ken's shop by two of the top regional pianists, Greg Preseley and Dr. Jody Graves.

After more than 25 years of teaching music, theater and English in San Francisco schools, Jim relocated to Spokane in 1995 to become organist/music director for St. Augustine Parish on the South Hill. Since around 2004, with the help and patience of Verne Windham, he has been able to realize his long-standing dream of doing radio. Jim specializes in classical music, but also can do the occasional jazz show. Jim and his wife, Carol, fill their free time caring for llamas, rabbits and chickens after having watched their two children grow up and leave the nest.