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The Piano Bench: Early Music and Tuning

On a special Piano Bench program we welcome Spokane piano technician Ken Eschete and, in California, Charles Metz--historic instrument collector, keyboardist and authority on old instruments, their mechanisms and their various tuning systems. With samples from Charles' new Navona album featuring keyboard music by Elizabethan composers for the virginal, we explore the amazing (and complex) world of historic tuning methods.

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.