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Verne Windham talks to Dean Williamson, Conductor, and Dan Wallace Miller, Stage Director, about Inland Northwest Opera's upcoming performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orpheus & Eurydice." 

Performances take place Friday, October 29th, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 31st, at 3pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For tickets and more information, visit https://inlandnwopera.com/events/orpheus-and-eurydice/.

We welcomed Gonzaga University composidtion professor Shuying Li and Spokane Symphony principal flute Bruce Bodden for conversation around the performance of Shuying's music by the Gonzaga Symphony, with Bruce Bodden as soloist.

Verne speaks with Trigger Weddle (Director), Josian Brett (Sandy Cheeks), and Tyler McCabe (SpongBob) of Aspire Community Theatre in Coeur d'Alene about their production of "The SpongeBob Musical," which opens Friday, October 15, at 7:30pm.

For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.aspirecda.com/.

Spokane Symphony

Verne talks to Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe and guest tenor soloist William Ferguson about the Symphony's Masterworks 2: Beethoven's Soul. 

Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 2 will be performed Saturday, October 9, at 8PM, and Sunday, October 10, at 3PM. For tickets and more information, please visit https://spokanesymphony.org/2021-2022-masterworks-series/.

Verne welcomes Spokane Valley Children's Theatre to talk about their production of Roald Dahl's "Matilda."

Director Tanya Brownlee, Managing Director Doug Beschta, and actors Madalyn Brownlee and Dana Sitts join Verne in a phone interview.

"Matilda: the Musical" opens Friday, October 8th, at 7pm, with shows Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the 24th. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanechildrenstheatre.org/Home/EventDetails/38.

Verne talks to Dahveed Bullis and Scott Doughty of Spokane Playwrights Laboratory about their inaugural workshop performance, "An Aviary for Birds of Sadness," by local playwright Tristen Canfield.

The performance, which has been produced in partnership with Terrain will take place on Thursday, October 14th,  at 7:30 pm, at the Washington Cracker Building.

Visit https://spokaneplaywrightslaboratory.com/ for tickets and more information.

Wes Jessup, Executive Director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) shares highlights of the new fall exhibitions including the headliner, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, which opens to the general public on Sunday, October 3. Wes says it is the best private collection of work by the most innovative artist of the 19th century and includes everyday objects -- furniture, vases, lamps -- transformed into works of art through bold colors, beautiful designs and forms. The exhibition continues through February 13, 2022.

KPBX presents Villa Blues & Jazz, a Kids' Concert featuring jazz masters performing memorable and fun songs that have become jazz standards. Villa Blues includes Heather Villa, Steve Bauer, Michael Lenke and Brian Flick. This is Part 2 of the program aired on September 25, 2021.  

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 Villa Blues &  Jazz, a Kids' Concert featuring jazz masters performing memorable and fun songs that have become jazz standards. Villa Blues includes Heather Villa, Steve Bauer, Michael Lenke and Brian Flick. This is Part 1 of the concert that aired on September 25, 2021.

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

Verne talks to Gina Freuen, founder of the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, along with participating artist Sheila Evans. (Images are those of the participating artists.)

The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour takes place from 10AM - 5PM on Saturday, September 25th. Visit https://www.littlespokanestudios.com/tour-map for the map and more information on the participating artists.

Spokane Symphony

Symphony Week concludes with an interview and in-studio performance from Spokane Symphony's James Lowe and acclaimed feature violinist Bella Hristova. The first of the Symphony's Masterworks concerts will include Hailstork, Sibelius, and Brahms, with Lowe conducting. 

Masterworks 1: The Return of the Symphony will be performed Saturday, September 18, at 8 pm, and Sunday, September 19, at 3pm. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/2021-2022-masterworks-series/.

Symphony Week continues with Verne Windham's conversations with SSO Music Director James Lowe, Education Manager Alexandra Rannow and Symphony Chorale Director Kristina Ploeger-Heckmatpanah. In-studio with us is Symphony percussionist Bryan Bogue who also talks with Verne and performs a pair of short pieces on vibraphone.

Tuesday of Symphony Week 2021 brings us a conversation with Spokane Symphony Conductor Laureate Eckart Preu. Also, from our studio, Syphony cellist Helen Byrne and husband, Symphony tubist Leonard Byrne talk with Verne Windham and play a two-part invention from living African-American composer, Adolphus Hailstork.

Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio continues with a preview from another Montana orchestra featured previously on Concert of the Week. The new Bozeman Symphony season, the first planned by new Music Director Norman Huynh, debuts the 25th and 26th of September at Bozeman's Willson Auditorium. Here's Jim Tevenan's conversation with Nroman Huynh, puncutated by the music of Johannes Brahms, played in January 2020 by the orchestra.

As part of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio, we travel virtually to Montana to check out the new seasons of orchestras featured on our Concert of the Week broadcasts. John Zoltek, Music Director of the Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale tells about GSC's upcoming season, and about a new piece for cello and orchestra by Maestro Zoltek that debuts this fall. More information about the orchestra, chorale and their season is at glaciersymphony.org.

A long-standing KPBX tradition returns after a COVID-caused hiatus. It's Symphony Week, five mornings dedicated to the upcoming concert seasons of regional orchestras, with a special emphasis on the return of the Spokane Symphony to the stage of the Fox Theater for performance in front of a live audience. In this first segment Verne Windham welcomes Symphony Music Director James Lowe and Executive Director Jeff Vom Saal, along with Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski for conversation and a few music samples.

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Verne talks to Zuill Bailey  and Eroica Trio's Sara Sant'Ambrogio about Bach, cello, trios, upcoming NW BachFest concerts, and more.

Zuill Bailey performs Thursday, September 9, at 7PM at Barrister Winery. Eroice Trio performs September 13 and 14, at 7pm, also at Barrister Winery.

For tickets and more information, please visit https://nwbachfest.com/calendar#concert-northwest-bachfest-september-series.

Verne connects with James Lowe, Conductor of Spokane Symphony, about Labor Day concerts in area parks.

Performances will take place Saturday, September 4, at 6 PM, at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake, and at Riverfront Park Monday, September 6, at 6PM. An Open House in celebration of the Fox Theater's 90th Birthday will take place Friday, September 3 from Noon to 4pm.

Leonard Garrison visits the studio to talk about his new album, "Telemann, 12 Fantasias for Solo Flute."

For more information visit http://www.leonardgarrison.com/.

Spokane Public Radio

Madeline McNeill visits the studio to talk about "Music Valley," a musical she conceived of and wrote during the pandemic, with lyrics by Ellen Welcker. The performance includes a host of local musicians and artists. "Music Valley" will be performed Sunday, August 15th, at 6:30 pm, outdoors in Olmstead Brothers Park in Kendall Yards.

Spokane Symphony

Principal trombonist for the Spokane Symphony, John Church, visits the studio in advance of John Church & Friends--an outdoor performance at Brickwest Brewing on Wednesday, August 11, at 7pm. Tiffany Wang accompanies John in the performance studio with a preview of the show.

For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/symphony-summer-concerts/.  

Visiting our studio for the first time since 2015 is Dr. Andrés Jaramillo. After earning his Master's degree from EWU, Andrés moved to southern California to begin work on his doctorate at USC. He finished that degree last year and is resuming his teaching and concertizing careersAndrés is in Spokane for a series of recitals, and he dropped by to bring us up to date on developments in his life and, of course, to share some of his music with us.

Jaci (Jaclin) Cummings stopped by to talk with Verne about her new role as artistic director of Spokane Area Youth Choirs. Jaci, who recently moved to Spokane with her husband, also a professional singer, and their two daughters, has taught choral music at all levels. Spokane Area Youth Choirs, founded in 1987 as the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, includes young singers between the ages of 7 and 18.

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.

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