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Spokane Symphony continues its popular film series with the 1980s classic “Back to the Future.” Guest Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos (Music Director, Festival of the Arts BOCA) visits the studio to discuss the evening’s program, film scores, and more.

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First Presbyterian Church is celebrating Black History Month with a concert, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Derrick Parker, Director of Music and Worship, visits the studio to discuss the program and to perform a preview, along with accompanist Bonnie Robinson on piano.

"Life Every Voice and Sing" will be performed Sunday, February 23, at 5 PM, at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. For more information, visit http://www.spokanefpc.org/.

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The latest production at Lake City Playhouse highlights a forgotten story of WWII. “These Shining Lives” details the experiences of “the Radium Girls”—the young women who worked in factories painting watch faces with glowing irradiated paint, contracting radiation poisoning.

The show’s director, Kristin Kilmer, visits the studio to discuss the play and the Radium Girls. Also in the studio are actors Maria Stromberg (Catherine) and Brandon James Miller (Tom), with a preview of the show.

Pianist Peggy Reich visited our KPBX studio to discuss her new program, "Music, the Speech of Angels," that she presents this week in various north Idaho locations. She illustrates her conversation with Jim Tevenan around the topic of musical aesthetics with selections from the music used in her programs.

The Dallas String Quartet will play a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings at 7:30 PM tonight, Valentine's Day, at Gonzaga University's Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. 

DSQ performs as a quartet or with a full accompaniment of drums, guitar and piano, and has sold out concert venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls alike.

BOGO tickets are available for tonight's performance through the box office or by calling (509) 313-2787 using the promo code: ELECTRIC.

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Midori, a Japanese-born American violinist, will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Schumann with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 

She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist at the New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. She has been a leading concert violinist for over 35 years, as well as a noted global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

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The cast of Ignite! Community Theatre's production of Matthew Barber's "Fireflies" visits the studio to discuss the show and perform a preview. Kim Roberts (Eleanor Bannister) and Theresa Kappus (Grace Bodell) play retirees in a small Texas town, and Dan Griffith (Abel Brown) plays a drifter who has the whole town talking.

"Fireflies" opens Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM and runs through March 1. https://www.igniteonbroadway.org/blog/about-fireflies.

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Thomas Heppler, Director of Stage Left Theater's production of "Lonely Planet," visits the studio to discuss the play, which is set at the height of the AIDS crisis. Also in the studio are actors Robert Tombari (Jody) and Lukas Lanz (Carl) to perform a scene and talk about their roles.

"Lonely Planet" opens Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM and runs through March 1. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane String Quartet and the Spokane Kantorei Choir will perform the world premiere of "A Garden of Roses" Sunday, February 16, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Director Timothy Westerhaus and composer Cary Boyce visit the studio to discuss the composition and the performance, and Spokane String quartet--Mateusz Wolski (first violin), Amanda Howard-Phillips (second violin), Jeannette Wee Yang (viola), and Helen Byrne (cello)--perform a selection from the show.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 6 celebrates Valentine's Day with works by Debussy, Ravel, and Tomasi. James Lowe, Music Director, and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti visit the studio to discuss the program and perform a preview.

Masterworks 6 will be performed Saturday, February 8, at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 9, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks-6-music-for-valentines-day.

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Two exhibits at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture explore historic volcanic eruptions, near and far: "Mt. St. Helens: Critical Memory" and "Pompeii: The Immortal City." MAC Executive Director Wes Jessup and Gonzaga University Professor of History and Classical Civilizations Andrew Goldman visit the studio to discuss the exhibits.

"Pompeii: The Immortal City" joins "Mt. St. Helens: A Critical Memory" on display February 8. For hours, tickets, and more information, visit https://www.northwestmuseum.org/.

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Trigger Weddle, Director of Aspire Community Theatre’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” visits the studio to discuss the show. Also in the studio are Musical Director Brandon Michael and actors Jessica Peterson (Roz), Tricia Petronivich (Violet), and Hannah Melton (Doralee) with a preview of their performances.

“9 to 5: The Musical” opens Friday, February 7, at 7:30 PM, and continues through February 16. For tickets and more information, visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1.

Tavener Family

Verne Windham's remembrance and tribute to Whitworth University Emeritus Professor of Music Thomas T. Tavener, who passed away December 24, 2019.

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Jack Delehanty, Director of Gonzaga Theatre's production "Dancing at Lughnasa," visits the studio to discuss the play. Also in the studio are musician James Hunter of the band Floating Crowbar, actors Molly Quillin, Molly Henderson, and Brett Bean, and stage manager Freja Jarvegren-Uecker.

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Jan Pellant, Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra, visits the studio to discuss the upcoming performance "Family Pictures." Also in the studio are violinist Yesong Sophie Lee and actor Stephen Shortridge with previews of their performances in the show, which will include selections from Prokofjev, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky.

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Pan Pacific Ensemble visits the studio for a two-part interview and performance. The wind quintet consists of members Sophia Tegart (flute), Keri McCarthy (oboe), Shannon Scott (clarinet), Martin King (horn), and Michael Garza (bassoon).

See Pan Pacific Ensemble in concert Monday, January 27, at 6:30 PM, in the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium.

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Pan Pacific Ensemble visits the studio for a two-part interview and performance. The wind quintet consists of members Sophia Tegart (flute), Keri McCarthy (oboe), Shannon Scott (clarinet), Martin King (horn), and Michael Garza (bassoon).

See Pan Pacific Ensemble in concert Monday, January 27, at 6:30 PM, in the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium.

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Donna Skoog, Director of Spokane Children's Theatre's production of "The Three Musketeers," visits the studio to discuss the musical. Also in the studio are young actors Aiden Else, Dacey Else, Brody Else, Crickett Raelund, Cassidy Raelund, and Bailey Raelund to perform scenes from the show.

"The Three Musketeers" opens Friday, January 24, at 7 PM, and runs through February 9. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanechildrenstheatre.org/Home/EventDetails/36.

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Troy Nickerson, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" visits the studio to discuss the musical. Also in the studio are actors Emily Jones, Joseph Hall, and Music Director Henry McNulty, with a preview of the show.

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Spokane Symphony's 2019 - 2020 Season continues with Masterworks 5: Beethoven's 250th Birthday. Guest Conductor Mark Russell Smith (of Quad City Symphony Orchestra) and world-renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich visit the studio to talk about Beethoven, the violin, and more.

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Whitworth University Music Department's production of Handel's "Alcina" will be performed this month. Director Scott David Miller, Music Director Scott Rednour, and student vocalists Veronica Scafidi (Alcina), Chloe Millard (Morgana), and Kaitlyn Atchison (Bradamante) visit the studio with a preview and discussion.

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Lake City Playhouse opens 2020 with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Brooke Wood, the show's director, visits the studio with a preview and discussion of the show. Also in the studio are the three actors who play Alison at various stages of her life: Ruby Krajic (young Alison), Olivia Davies (young adult Alison), and Ann Benson (adult Alison).

Pianist and Composer Bogdan Ota visitied our studio to play some of his music and talk with Jim Tevenan about his life as a composer. Bogdan gives a concert Friday, January 17th at the Jacklin Arts and  Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID.

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The M Show is back! Host and Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visits the studio with guests, Spokane Poet Laureate (and trumpet player) Chris Cook and aerialist John Hernandez, to talk about this incarnation of the musical variety show.

The M Show No. 1 will be performed at 8 PM, Saturday, January 11 at The Knitting Factory. For tickets and more information visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/the-m-show-music-mayhem-and-mystery171/.

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Spokane Youth Ballet recently received a SAGA grant to fund a special project to promote dance and dance education. The result is a new production of the classic ballet, “Peter and the Wolf,” showcasing the choreography of student dancers. Academy of Dance Director Naomi Hanvey, Phaedra Jarret, and young choreographer and dancer Brooke Geffry-Bowler visit the studio to talk more about the purpose and process of the show.

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Stage Left Theater's latest production is Doug Nigro's darkly comic "Mandelstam." Director Doug Dawson visits the studio with actors J.P. O'Shaughnessy (Joseph Stalin) and Sean Behary (Boris Pasternak) to discuss the play and to perform a preview.

"Mandelstam" opens Friday, January 10 at 7:30 PM, and runs through January 26. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's latest production of the season is Noel Coward's "Present Laughter." Director Melody Deatherage visits the studio with actors Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Garry Essendine), Elisabet Edwards (Liz Essendine), and Phedre Burney-Peters (Monica Reed) to discuss the show and perform a scene or two.

"Present Laughter" opens Friday, January 10, at 7:30 PM and continues through February 2. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/present-laughter/.

Verne Windham offers this tribute to Randel Wagner, who served as Director of Vocal Studies and Choirs at Eastern Washington University for nearly 20 years. Wagner passed away December 22, 2019 at the age of 67.

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James Lowe, Music Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to discuss the tradition of the Holiday Pops and this season's program, featuring guest vocalist Vanessa Williams.

Spokane Symphony performed the Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams Saturday, December 21, at 8PM, and Sunday, December 22, at 2 PM.

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Leon Atkinson, host of The Guitar Hour, brings friends and festivity to the studio for a special performance: Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir and their director, Jon Brownell; Tonedevil Bros., Anothony and David Powell; and Mike Johnson. 

For more information on the Christmas Guitar Summit concerts, visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheguitarhour.

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