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From the Studio: Spokane Youth Ballet

Spokane Public Radio

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.

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.