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  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.


    Actor Forrest Potter and Director, Daniel McKeever spoke with Verne this morning about Stage Left Theater's current production of "Steel Kiss." 

Classical guitar students under the direction of John Paul Shields, from Spokane Falls Community College performed as a quartet this morning in the KPBX studio. Guitar Hour host, Leon Atkinson spoke with each about their influences and inspiration.  



"First Date," a light hearted musical comedy is the first presentation of the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater season. Aubrey Shimek Davis and Cody Bray, along with Artistic Director Jadd Davis spoke with Verne this morning about the upcoming season. To learn more, visit the theater website.

    Neil LaBute's "Reasons to be Happy," sequel to "Reasons to be Pretty," opens this weekend at The Modern Theater - Spokane. Nich Witham and Jenny Oliver spoke with Verne this morning and presented a preview scene.

For more information, visit The Modern Theater website.

Environmentalist Julian Powers died on Tuesday in Spokane. Verne paid tribute to him this morning on the Morning Classical program. Read more about Julian Powers here.  

   Riley Setian (Liesl), Shawn Hunt (Rolf), Teri Grubbs (Mother Abbess), Daniel D. Baumer (Max) and music director Zack Baker performed selections from the upcoming production of "The Sound of Music," at The Modern Theater Coeur d'Alene, and spoke with Verne about the show this morning  in the studio.

For more information about the show, visit 

The Modern Theater

  Jeanne Bourgeois is Assistant Concertmaster for the Spokane Symphony. She will perform a violin recital at The Steinway Piano Gallery in Spokane Valley on Saturday evening, accompanied by her mother, Marilyn Bourgeois, symphony pianist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and her husband Stephen Swanson on a special piece. The three performers gave a preview of the performance in the studio this morning.

For more information, visit The Steinway Piano Gallery.

These are the performances of young musicians heard on Spokane Public Radio (KPBX) on Saturday, May 16, 2015 during the live KPBX Kids' Concert.

    On Wednesday morning, director Tia Wooley, along with cast members Alyssa Day, Mark Pleasant and Keith Dixon spoke with Verne about Spokane Civic Theater's main stage production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." For more information, visit The Spokane Civic Theater website.

These are the performances of young musicians heard on Spokane Public Radio (KPBX) on Wednesday morning, May 13 2015

    "Promise of Summer" is the theme of this weekend's season finale performance of the Spokane Youth Symphony, featuring 2015 Concerto Competition winners Clarissa Tracy, Kyle Thiessen and Anna Seppa. All three young musicians performed and spoke with Verne Windham this morning in the studio.

For more information about the Sunday concert, visit the Spokane Youth Symphony website.

  Trevor Bradly, Austin Hagel, Jacob Lee and Grant Rees with Leon Atkinson performing classical guitar in conjunction with Musicfest Northwest 2015.

The Modern Theater (Spokane) presents "Boeing Boeing," opening this weekend and running through May 31. Director Abbey Crawford, and cast members Kyle Kahklen, Henry McNulty and Sarah Miller spoke with Verne this morning about the show.  


This Mother's Day, pianist Hsia-Jung Chang will perform a solo recital at St. John's Cathedral. She spoke with Verne this morning, and performed in the studio to preview Sunday's program.

Tickets and more information are available through Ho Ho Teriyaki at The Flour Mill, or call (509) 326-6344.  

  A preview of this weekend's Mother's Day reading at The Bing Crosby Theater aired this morning on KPBX.  For more information, visit the Listen to Your Mother website.


U-Drama, The Theater Department of University High School in Spokane Valley will present "Mary Poppins" opening this weekend, through May 17, with evening performances at 7 p.m., and matinees at 1:00 p.m. Director Briane Green, and cast members, Caitlin Duffey, Evan Figuracion, Logan Jess and Olivia McNeice along with music director Zack Baker spoke with Verne and performed in the studio this morning.

For more information, visit their Facebook Event Page.

    Steve Martin's "The Underpants," by Carl Sternheim opens this weekend at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley. Director Kat Heath and actor Maxim Chumov spoke with Verne this morning about the production. For more information, visit the Ignite Community Theatre website.  

The  "Musical Comedy Murders 1940" opens this weekend at The Modern Theater in Coeur d'Alene. Director Heath Bingman, along with actors John Michael Collins and Jeremy Whittington spoke with Verne this morning to introduce the program. For more information, and tickets, visit The Modern Theater Website.


Verne Windham in the studio with double bass soloist Gary Karr prior to his Monday night 7:30 p.m. performance at Gonzaga University.

Rebecca Hardy and Billie Herron spoke with Verne this morning about the history of the Harrington Opera House and a special benefit concert this weekend at the Steinway Piano Gallery, to raise funds for a new piano. 

  Eckart Preu stopped by the studio this morning to introduce the Spokane Symphony's 9th Classical concert of the season: Musical Sorcery. He also remembered Donald Thulean, conductor of the Spokane Symphony from 1962-1984, who passed away earlier this week.  

Director, Abbey Crawford and Music Director, Zack Baker, along with cast members Dominick Betts, Caitlin Duffey, Amber Fiedler, Jace Fogleman, Abby Hare, Alyssa Jordan, Josh Koester, Kalla Mort and Wyatt Sepa-Newall stopped by the studio to talk about the upcoming performances of "Hair" in concert at The Bing Crosby Theater, as well as perform several songs from the production.

Verne Windham visits with Donivan Johnson in the KPBX studio to discuss the upcoming show on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7 p.m.,  at the Gonzaga University Chapel.

  Verne Windham remembers former Spokane Symphony conductor Donald Thulean who passed away on April 9.  There will be a small gathering at the Kress Gallery in River Park Square on Friday, April 17 at 5pm.

Donald Thulean's obituary

  Leon sat down today with guest Laurence Juber whose new album was recently released.  Find more at his website.