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Ways to Connect

Lt. Chris Cornette, bandmaster of Navy Band Northwest, stopped by to talk with Verne about Spokane Navy Week, May 10-16. The Navy Office of Community Outreach is presenting a virtual Navy Week to help Americans stay connected to their Navy while staying safe at home. 

  

Polina Beymanov is a junior piano and voice major at Whitworth University, a piano student of Dr Judith Schoeflin and voice student of Scott Miller. She came to our KPBX studio to play her junior recital program, which included music of J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Of particular interest were two selections somewhat off the beaten path, Oscar Peterson's arrangement of Richard Rodgers' "Little Girl Blue," and two Bagatelles of William Bolcom.

Verne Windham talks to Jennifer Tindall (Director) and Kyle Smock (Board President) of Theatre Arts Center at the Lake about their production of "Charlotte's Web," which will be the first in-person theatre production (with limited audience capacity) in the Spokane area since before the pandemic. 

"Charlotte's Web" opens Friday, April 30, at 7 pm, and continues through Sunday, May 9, at 2 pm. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.tacatthelake.com/tickets.

Spokane Public Radio

Spokane Symphony's Music Director, James Lowe, visits the studio to talk about the final concerts in the @ Home series, "Overtones: Connecting Music, Art & Science," which combine performance, interviews, interdisciplinary inspiration, and more. The series continues April 30th with "Individualism, " on May 14th with "Light," and concludes with "Heaven & Earth," on May 28th. Shows in the series will be available online through April of 2022.

North Idaho pianist  and music educator Melody Puller rejoins us for an hour with Jim Tevenan around the music of one of the greats of the French Baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint

Verne Windham interviews Karin Wedemeyer, Director of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, about art in the pandemic: what the pandemic has done to art in our lives and how art can heal and define us in these times.

Verne Windham speaks with Holly Blanchette, the new Executive Director of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra, about her history with, and new role at, the Symphony, as well as their upcoming concert "Four Seasons," including works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra performs "Four Seasons" Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 pm (with a pre-concert talk at 7pm). For tickets, visit https://cdasymphony.veeps.com/stream/schedule.

Whitworth University senior Piano Pedagogy and Composition major Mikah Turpin plays a reprise of his Graduation Recital for us, with music by Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Toru Takemitsu, Ludwig van Beethoven and Jenö Takács.

Verne Windham talks to Tanya Brownlee, Artistic Director, and Doug Bestcha, Managing Director, of Spokane Children's Theatre about getting back onstage--virtually and in-person--with their productions of CLUE.

Catch a live performance April 16th & 23rd  at 7 pm, and April 17th & 24th at 2 PM and 7 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanechildrenstheatre.org/.

KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – April 13, 2021

Sonata K. 332 – II. Adagio (5’30”)                                       Mozart

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

Albumblätter (Album Leaves) Op. 39 (10’30”)                    Hans Sitt

I., Moderato – II. Andante sostenuto – IV. Allegro

Nicole Leach, viola (Graduate Student)

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini talks Dr. Carlos Gil, the next presenter in SCC’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Verne Windham welcomes SSO Music Director James Lowe to KPBX after a long COVID separation from both Spokane and his orchestra. And Dan Webster offers his take on a current Netflix documentary. Plus, we have music from cellist Kevin Heckmatpanah and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Verne Windham welcomes Dr. Philip Baldwin and Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University Music Department for a discussion of women composers and the curation of the University's concerts highlighting their talents and contributions.

Elizabeth Hamilton is a Whitworth University junior performance major on both violin and piano.

She is also playing Beethoven’s Concerto No.1-I with the Whitworth Orchestra on May 8.

Elizabeth's Piano Bench selections:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 90-I

Lowell Liebermann: Nocturne No. 2

JohannSebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F, WTC II

Fredric Chopin: Ballade in Ab

Verne was treated to a preview of a special collaboration, Gonzaga University Theatre & Dance Presents: Pay the Price. The theme for the virtual recital is a response to  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues.  Verne's guests were cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah and Suzanne Ostersmith, head of the GU Dance Department. The online broadcast of the virtual recital is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.  Look for it online on the GU Theatre and Dance website. https://www.gonzaga.edu/college-of-arts-sciences/departments/theatre-dance

Verne Windham welcomes Kent Kimball, who directs the First Presbyterian Chorale and Orchestra in a Good Friday performance of  Theodore Dubois's "The Seven Last Words of Christ."

Watch the performance on the First Presbyterian YouTube channel, all day on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCfruZriuZfS2hVar79nXbQ. For more information, visit https://www.1stpresdowntown.org/.

Verne Windham welcomes violinist Yvette Kraft for an interview and performance of Sauret, Bach, and Paganini.    

Henry Mauser is a junior piano performance and biology double major at Gonzga University. He is part of Greg Presley's studio, and presented his junior recital at Gonzaga March 22nd. Henry recorded the program here in our KPBX performance space, and we are pleased to present it now as a Piano Bench broadcast and podcast. Here is Henry's program:

Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major, op. 110 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto

III. Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

Verne Windham welcomes Gonzaga University Theatre for an interview about Jean Anouilh's "Antigone." Josephine Keefe (Director) and Grace Harrington (Antigone) join Verne by telephone for a discussion about Anouilh's retelling of Sophocles' classic tale of family tragedy.

Verne Windham talks to Abbey Crawford about Spokane Civic Theatre's "Leading Ladies," a program featuring musical performances of 17 of the Civic's female members. Verne delves into the SPR audio archives to hear some of those performers in past visits to the Performance Studio.

"Leading Ladies" will livestream at 7:30pm, Friday, March 19 at https://vimeo.com/channels/civicchannel. Or visit https://bit.ly/2Zu6lsI to donate and help "sell out" the virtual show.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University music major students for a "Second Tuesday" performance on KPBX's Piano Bench program. Jim Tevenan hosts, aided by Dr. Jody Graves of the Eastern music faculty. Music is by Josef Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Claude Debussy. Our musicians are pianists Tonya Ballman, Kathryn Amdahl, Carly Bair and Christian Skok, also violinist Dominic Treis and cellists Grace Ahola and Spencer McConnachie.

Verne Windham talks to Dr. Matthew Potter, author of "The Curious History of the Limerick" and Curator of the Limerick Museum, about the Piano Academy of Ireland's 11th National Piano Festival and Limerick Writing Contest.

The limerick contest is open to anyone in the world online at http://www.pianoacademy.ie, but the deadline is Friday, March 5.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University student musicians for this week's Piano Bench program. Many thanks for the participation of these EWU students, and for the leadership and  inspiration of their teachers, especially Drs. Jody Graves and John Marshall.

Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visitis the KPBX studio for conversation with Jim Tevenan around music during the pandemic, an upcoming performance with pianist  Archie Chen and more.

Stage Left Theater's Alone Together series opens with Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's "An Iliad," directed by Susan Hardie, and starring Robert Tombari. Verne Windham talks to Susan about this adaptation of Homer's epic and bringing artists and audiences together in this socially distant time.

The low brass ensemble SPARC (members Jerry Olson, Kit Cutler, John Church, and Leonard Byrne) performs a celebration of American music from Sousa to Big Band, Broadway, and much more in this Kids' Concert.

The low brass ensemble SPARC (members Jerry Olson, Kit Cutler, John Church, and Leonard Byrne) performs a celebration of American music from Sousa to Big Band, Broadway, and much more in this Kids' Concert.  

Northwest BachFest presents a cabaret burlesque live streaming event with The Singing Siren, Shelly Watson. Verne Windham talks to Shelly Watson about her life in performance and this turn in her career.

A Northwest BachFest Burlesque will stream on Facebook Live and the BachFest YouTube Channel on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 7:30pm Pacific Standard Time. Visit https://nwbachfest.com/calendar#concert-across-the-miles-pay-to-view  for tickets and more information.

With today's Piano Bench we begin a series of monthly showcases of Eastern Washington University music students, specifically piano majors in both solo and collaborative roles. With thanks to EWU's Dr. Jody Graves, this is the program:

Preludes, Op. 16-Alexander Scriabin

No 1 in B major: Andante

No 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro

No 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile

No 4 in E flat minor: Lento

No 5 in F sharp major: Allegretto

Tonya Ballman, piano (Junior, EWU Piano Major)

Minstrels-Claude Debussy

Opus 15 of Music That Matters brings a tribute, produced by Verne Windham, to long-time volnunteer host of Vox Humana's opera edition, Bill Roesch. Bill retired to Sandpoint after a career in theatre in California, and we happily benefitted from his great experience and expertise in his true musical love, opera.

On the next Music That Matters, we welcome concert pianist, music educator, public speaker, goodwill ambassador, and much more, Dr. Jody Graves. We’ve got a wide-ranging conversation for you, plus generous samples of Jody’s playing, both as solo artist and, her favorite, collaborator with other fine musicians.

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