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It's the fourth day of Symphony Week, and guests Luke Baumgarten of Terrain and Aaron Nicholson of Opera CDA came to talk all about the collaborations their organizations are doing with the Spokane Symphony.  SPR's goal today was to take a look at how the symphony is embracing a more cutting-edge approach with collaborations in other cultural arenas.  It can definitely be said that the most progressive arts endeavors today are pushing the envelope in terms of cross-genre creative projects.

  Symphony Week is well underway, and Wednesday was a double header here at Spokane Public Radio.  You can read all about our first guests - Jorge Luis Uzcategui and Janet Napoles - in our Day 3, Part 1 post.  Part 2 of today's segment features a new musician with the symphony, third flutist Jennifer Slaughter, who is also one of our very own at SPR, manning the front desk every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Another day of fun with the Spokane Symphony as we reach the midpoint of Symphony Week.  It was a double header this time, so we've divided it into two parts (See Part 2 here).  The first segment featured the symphony's new Assistant Conductor, Jorge Luis Uzcategui, and Music Education Director, Janet Napoles.

Tuesday means it's Day 2 of SPR's Symphony Week with members, friends, fans, staff, supporters, and all things related to the Spokane Symphony.  Today's featured guest was Tana Bland, who is one of the violinists with the Tedesca String Quartet, our featured artist group for the first SPR Kids Concert of the season.  She also plays with Tango Volcado.  Verne chatted with her this morning, and she was kind enough to play something for us as well.

Today was the start of SPR's annual Symphony Week, featuring musicians, staff, board members, and others of the Spokane Symphony.  This programming always takes place the week leading up to the symphony's opening weekend.  Verne had the pleasure of talking with Lorrie Scott, Chair of the Spokane Symphony Board, and Dan Cotter, General Manager and 2nd Clarinetist with the symphony.  

Ignite! Community Theatre presents "Play On!" which opens next Friday, September 18th at 7:30pm. Cast members Kim Roberts (playing Polly), Tanya Morton-Brownlee (playing Violet), and Jerry Uppinghouse (playing Henry) stopped by the studio to chat with Verne today and give a sneak-peek of their upcoming performances.  Tickets available now.

Members of the upcoming Spokane Civic Theatre production "Catch Me If You Can, The Musical" visited the studio today as part of our musical theater double header (we also talked with The Modern Theater's cast members from "Rock of Ages"). Singers Amber Fieldler and Cody Bray performed selections from the show with pianist Henry McNulty, under the direction of Keith Dixon.  "Catch Me If You Can" opens September 18th and runs through October 18th.

Members of the upcoming show, "Rock of Ages," at The Modern Theater stopped by the studio to talk with Verne today as part of our musical theater double header (see Spokane Civic Theatre's "Catch Me If You Can, The Musical" post).  Singers Quinn Vaira, Brendan Brady, and Daniel McKeever performed with pianist and guitarist Zak Baker.  Under the direction of George Green, "Rock of Ages" opens this Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm and runs through October 10th at the Coeur d'Alene location.

  Members of the upcoming Opera Coeur d'Alene production The Magic Flute visited Verne at the studio today.  They talked about the show and performed arias we all know and love from one of the most popular operas of all time.  We heard from Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (director), Eckart Preu (conductor), Anne-Carolyn Bird (playing Pamina), Vale Rideout (playing Tamino), and Celeste Johnson (pianist).  There are two performances of The Magic Flute: Friday, September 11 at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 13 at 2:00pm.

Upcoming Bach concerts at Barrister Winery, Sept 1 & 2, with guitarist David Leisner and cellist Zuill Bailey.

 Composer Tom Cooper and actresses Anika Bryceson and Stacia Bruner visited the station today to talk with Verne about the upcoming performance of their musical production The Clink. The Clink is showing for one day only on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with two performances at 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the The Bing Crosby Theater.

Jerry Sciarrio, from the cast of Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's production of "Shrek The Musical," came to the studio today to talk with Verne. "Shrek" has been running this month and will continue until  August 23rd at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

The Festival at Sandpoint culminates this Sunday afternoon with a concert featuring the Spokane Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gary Sheldon and will include a world premiere by Vadim Neselovskyi, jazz pianist. They stopped by the studio for the Morning Classical program today to provide a preview.

    Singer/Songwriter Calista Kazuko presented a preview of her upcoming performance in concert at the Holy Names McNally Recital Hall, this morning in the KPBX performance studio.

Dahveed Bullis portrays Feste, the Fool in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this summer's co-production between the Theater Department at EWU and The Modern Theater - Spokane. He stopped by the studio this morning to talk with Verne about the role, and the music which was composed for this production.


This morning Angela Mariani, host of Harmonia: Early Music which airs on KPBX Monday mornings from 11 until noon, stopped by the studio.   Listen to her conversation with Verne.

    The Modern Theater - Spokane, in collaboration with EWU is presenting Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," as a summer musical production, directed by Jeff Sanders, opening this Thursday, and for a two weekend run, featuring a cast including students as well as local professional actors. This will be the first time in thirteen years that William and Sara Marlowe have shared the same stage, and will be the final time that Nich Witham appears in a production before moving to Los Angeles.

 Christina Kowalski, soprano and Christopher Pfund, tenor, spoke with Verne this morning, about their upcoming performance at "OPERA ON A SUMMER'S EVE," at The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. 

    Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre Artistic Director, Jadd Davis and cast members, Erik Gratton (Shrek) and Liza Shivener (Fiona) spoke with Verne this morning about "Shrek the Musical", which opens on Thursday, August 6, at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Abbey Crawford is directing The Modern Theater Coeur d'Alene's production of "Assassins," by Stephen Sondheim. She and cast members Shawn Hunt, Aubree Peterson and Music Director Zachariah Baker spoke with Verne during his program this morning to introduce the show.


    Playwright Hazel Bean and actor Dave Rideout spoke with Verne this morning about The Empire Theatre Company's production of her play "Cupids." More information about dates and tickets is available on the Empire Theatre Company website.

 Cowboy Supper Shows are happening every month this summer, during the last full weekend of the month, at the Rockin B Ranch on the state line, in Liberty Lake. The cast stopped by this morning to perform a sample of their show and talk about the theater.   

   Artist Harold Balazs and writer, Dirk Stratton spoke with Verne this morning about their collaboration on a limited edition book of drawings, The Family Album, with captions. The Family Album is published by I-Beam Books, limited to 526 copies, 500 numbered and signed by the artist.

Jessica Lee will be performing at the 2015 Mozart on a Summer's Eve, next week on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, in Manito Park's Duncan Garden. She visited with Verne Windham this morning. Verne is also the Music Director for Mozart on a Summer's Eve, which celebrates it's 25th season this year.


Empire Theatre Company will present Noel Coward's "Private Lives," opening July 8 at Stage Left Theater, and running through July 19th. 

  Couer d'Alene Summer Theatre will present "Singin' in the Rain," from July 9 through July 26 at The Kroc Center. Director/Artistic Director Jadd Davis and actors John David Scott (John Lockwood) and Mallory King (Kathy Seldon) spoke with Verne to preview the show, including a tap dance on the radio!

  Accordion virtuosos Grayson Masefield and Patricia Bartell in the studio with Verne Windham.


Dan Keberle and Craig Volosing remembered Gunther Schuller this morning on Verne's program, highlighting his work with The Spokane Jazz Society.