Morning Classical

KPBX: Monday-Friday 9am-11am, Saturday 10am-12pm, Sunday 10am-12pm

KPBX hosts play selections from the classical music library.

Monday 9:00am-11:00am with Jim Tevenan
Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-11:00am with Verne Windham
Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm with Jan Munstedt
Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm with Leonard Oakland

On Sunday, November 12, the Johann Sebastian Bach B minor Mass will be performed by the St John's Cathedral Kantorei Choir & Collegium Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Westerhaus, at the Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist, in Spokane. This morning we enjoyed a preview of the performance. Tickets for the performance can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door, on Sunday.

Author, Wiley Cash, and Librarian, Eva Silverstone, from the Spokane Public Library visited with Verne this morning, to discuss the Spokane Is Reading book for 2017, a land more kind than home.

Spokane Is Reading began in 2001, as a way for the community to enjoy a common conversation, about a book. The books selected are accessible and available in a variety of formats, appealing to a wide variety of readers, and the author must be available to come to Spokane to discuss the book with local readers. 

Gonzaga University's Theatre and Dance department will present Jonathan Larson's early, autobiographical musical, tick, tick...BOOM! The cast, along with several crew members spoke with Verne this morning about the production, and entertained with a few excerpts from the show.

Courtney Smith is the director, Nathan Patrick Nelson plays "Jon," and is the musical director. Rachael Armstrong plays "Michelle," Jacki Bertagnolli plays "Susan," and Tessa Senger is the Female Understudy.

Telling War and the Gonzaga University Department of Art are hosting the Peace Paper Project in Spokane, October 29 through November 11.  Director Drew Matott and  Telling War director, Lisa Silvestri spoke with Verne this morning about the program, which uses the ancient tradition of hand papermaking to encourage personal expression and cultural change. The process of making paper is a direct manifestation of resilience and transformation, as it requires breaking something down in order to produce something new and beautiful.

This week, the Morning Classical program is previewing the upcoming Couer d'Alene Opera and Spokane Symphony co-production of "Carmen." This morning, Verne spoke with director, Jadd Davis and singers Jennifer Welch Babidge (Micaela, a village maiden), and Matt Hanscom (Escamillo). 

For more information about the show, and purchase tickets, please visit The Spokane Symphony website.

Rhiannon McGavin is in town to perform a reading of her poetry, along with local poet, Afaria Scott, at Auntie's Bookstore on Saturday evening. 

Verne spoke with Spokane Symphony Principal Trombonist, Ross Holcombe this morning, in advance of his recital at Whitworth University this coming Wednesday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m.

For more information visit the Spokane Public Radio Arts Calendar.

The final day of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio includes conversations with Symphony Conductor Eckart Preu, Mateusz Wolski and guests Jessica Lee and Peter Stumpf. 

Day Three of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio is about music education and family engagement. Associate conductor Jorge Luis Uzcategui explained the Music Innovates program, joined by parent and school secretary Seth Sakuma with son 6th-grade son and oboist Abraham Sakuma. Symphony members and leaders, Bethany Schoeff and Dan Cotter (also husband and wife) talked about innovative programs for the whole family. 

Day two of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio included conversations with Symphony Director, Jeff vom Saal, Fox 10th Anniversary Celebration chair, Bill Simer, and Joan Degerstrom, who attended the opening of the Fox Theater on September 3, 1931, at the age of eight.