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From the Studio: Jean Valjean from "Les Mis"

Spokane Public Radio

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. 

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.