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Summer music festivals, those great opportunities to experience favorite sounds and hear new potential favorites in relaxed settings and frequently outdoors, were an early casualty of the COVID pandemic. In 2020 performances were few and almost entirely virtual. 2021, however, is a year of resurrection and rebirth for these events that are an essential part of the art music world’s chemistry.

Summer music festivals, those great opportunities to experience favorite sounds and hear new potential favorites in relaxed settings and frequently outdoors, were an early casualty of the COVID pandemic. In 2020 performances were few and almost entirely virtual. 2021, however, is a year of resurrection and rebirth for these events that are an essential part of the art music world’s chemistry.

This is a two-part preview of regional programs: the Flathead Valley’s Festival Amadeus, and, along the Clark Fork River, the Montana Baroque Music Festival. We begin

Spokane Public Radio

Verne talks to Chelsea Duvall, Director, and cast members Eli Drushella, Dana Sammond, and Robert Tombari, of Spokane Theatre Ensemble's "Twelfth Night," which opens Thursday, July 29th and runs through August 1st at the MAC's outdoor amphitheater.

For more information about Spokane Theatre Ensemble visit https://www.spokaneensembletheatre.com/  or, for tickets,  https://sales.northwestmuseum.org/performance.aspx?pid=34939.

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre visits the studio to talk about their production of "Little House on the Prairie." Verne talks to Director Yvonne Johnson, and actors Jennifer Tindall (Laura), Steve Mortier (Pa), Patti Mortier (Ma), and Sophia Williams (Nellie) perform, with Music Director Annie Flood on piano.

Spokane Public Radio

Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to share highlights of the upcoming 2021-22 season with Peter Glarborg. For season subscriptions and more information, visit https://www.spokanesymphony.org/.

Spokane Public Radio

David Brum, Director of Programs and Events at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, visits the studio to talk about an upcoming lecture by Tom Graves about his book of interviews and photographs of veterans of WWII and the Korean War, "Twice Heroes: Nisei Vets of WWII & Korea."

The lecture will take place at the E.A. Johnston Auditorium at the MAC on Thursday, July 15, at 7pm. For tickets and more information, visit https://sales.northwestmuseum.org/performance.aspx?pid=34634.

On The Piano Bench today, a live and lively session with Matt Goodrich, Music Program Director at the Sandpoint Music Conservatory and Head of Piano at the Coeur d'Alene Conservatory. Matt tells the story of his music upbringing and discusses the recital he gives this Friday evening at 7 at the Hamilton House in Coeur d'Alene, home of the Coeur d'Alene Conservatory. We'll hear several examples of music from that program played by Matt in our KPBX Performance Studio.

We welcomed Inland Northwest Opera's General Director Dawn Wolski and prinicpals in this weekend's INO production of G.B.Pergolesi's The Maid Turned Mistress, Heather and Derrick Parker, to our KPBX studio for music and conversation. Joining them was pianist for the production, Mary J. Trotter. In addition to hearing a performance of two duets from the show, we talked about opera, this production, the challenges INO faced during the pandemic, and how the company has adapted to new realities.

We're delighted to welcome back Spokane Symphony concertmaster Mateusz Wolski to our KPBX studio for a conversation about his major "take aways" from the extended pandemic restrictions and his violin festival, created to help fill the void left by cancellation MusicFest Northwest.

Little Red Shed (Ken Glastre, Charley Gurche, and Kevin Brown) plays its infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass for this summer kids' concert.  Find more information about KPBX Kids' Concerts here.

Little Red Shed (Ken Glastre, Charley Gurche, and Kevin Brown) play their infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass in this summer kids' concert.  Find more information about KPBX Kids' Concerts here.

From the Studio: Spokane Valley Summer Theatre

Jun 18, 2021
Spokane Public Radio

Andrea Olsen of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre visits the studio to talk about the company's return to in-person performance, along with Collin Pittmann, Production Manager, and performers Darnelle Preston, Jayce Fortin, Gunnar Rorholm, and Alexandra Lewis, and pianist Annie Flood.

Archie Chen and Rhona Goudlson-Chen played live on The Piano Bench today, Archie from the Bunte Blätter of Robert Schumann, then Archie and Rhona with duets of dances of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak, closing with a nicely jazz-tinged arrangement by Milton Kraus of Henry Mancini's "Moon River."

We welcome baritone (and Sandpoint Conservatory Music Director) John Fitzgerald and pianist (and familiar KPBX presence) Melody Puller for conversation and performance. The piece we'll hear, and one especially relevant these summery days, the Songs of Travel of Ralph Vaughan Williams, setting the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Verne Windham talks to Naomi Hanvey of Spokane Youth Ballet about their return to the stage. The June 5th showcase will feature performances of Phaedra Jarrett's "The Little Prince," the pas de deux "Spring Waters," and a re-telling of the comedic ballet "Coppelia."

To purchase tickets, visit the box office at the Fox Theater, or online at https://foxtheaterspokane.org/events/featured/spokane-youth-ballet-summer-concert-2021/

Opus 31 of Music that Matters honors one of our region’s beloved musicians and educators, Marc Hafsø. Retiring after a very long teaching career that included 18 years as director of choral and vocal activities at Whitworth University, Marc joined us for conversation around his musical upbring and subsequent career, illustrated by performances from the Whitworth Choir.  

KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – May 18, 2021

 

 

Vocalise (Arr. Adrian Mann)                                                                         Rachmaninoff

EWU Cello Ensemble

Grace Ahola (Sophomore-Composition/Cello Performance)

Gloria Miller (Freshman-Music Ed)

KPBX Presents Sibling Revelry: a concert featuring ensembles from four different families, playing classical music on strings, piano, and brass. Verne Windham hosts. In Part 2: the Morozov family and the Girges family.

For more information on Spokane Public Radio events, and to listen to past KPBX Kids' Concerts, visit https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/topic/spr-events.

KPBX Presents Sibling Revelry: a concert featuring ensembles from four different families, playing classical music on strings, piano, and brass. Verne Windham hosts. In Part 1: the Treis family and the Chen family.

For more information on Spokane Public Radio events, and to listen to past KPBX Kids' Concerts, visit https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/topic/spr-events.

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.

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