From The Studio

KPBX: Weekdays during Morning Classical, A Little Afternoon Music, or Jazz for A Friday Afternoon

Interviews and performances from inside the KPBX studio. Please click the headline for expanded text and/or audio.

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Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director of the Northwest Bach Festival & Series, visits with Verne in the 10 a.m. hour in advance of the December Winter Classics Tour, in its second year. He is a solo artist with pianist Elizabeth DeMio on this week's performances.

Grammy & Emmy nominated pianist & composer Philip Aaberg visits the KPBX studio at 10 a.m. in advance of his appearance tonight at the Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. Philip has an unusual blend of classical piano, bluegrass, and blues.

Portland author Benjamin Parzybok visits with Verne Windham for a special Bookshelf on his second novel, Sherwood Nation and a conversation about writing. Parzybok is in Spokane in advance of an appearance at Auntie's Bookstore Thursday night. Sherwood Nation is described as a dystopian eco-crisis novel where characters’ struggle for what we take for granted today: water and other natural resources.

Steve Sibulsky and Jill Cathey talk with Verne Windham about the season's concerts, fundraisers, and the Christmas at the Kroc concerts this weekend. Steve is the new board president and will narrate 'The Night Before Christmas' at the concerts. Jill is Principal Oboe and helps with the symphony's outreach.

The Spokane Symphony and State Street Ballet return to perform their second joint production of The Nutcracker, a family favorite in 2011. Dancers from the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara will fill the roles of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and, of course the Sugar Plum Fairy while local dancers will perform supporting and ensemble roles and the Spokane Symphony performs Tchaikovsky's memorable compositions. Ballet teachers Emily Grizelle and Peggy Goodner Tan spoke with Verne on Friday morning about the process of preparing local ballet students for the performances.

Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane is the first school in the country to perform The Trumpet of the Swan, an acclaimed melding of music and drama in a symphony intended for all ages. The LC Orchestra will combine with Tiger Drama (the LC theater students) to present this 'Novel Symphony for orchestra and actors.'

At 11 am Verne speaks with Max Mendez, artistic director of the Spokane Choral Artists about their upcoming concerts this Friday in Coeur d'Alene at First Presbyterian Church and Saturday in Spokane at St. Thomas More Church at 7:30pm

At 10 am Verne speaks with Spokane Symphony cello soloist Edward Arron about his upcoming performances at the Fox on November 22nd and 23rd.

Kent Kimball of the 20th Northwest Sacred Music Chorale joins Verne Windham at KPBX to discuss NSMC's next concert at the Kroc center on November 22nd and 23rd.

Spokane Civic Theatre actors and director Keith Dixon visit KPBX with songs and discussion about A Christmas Carol, the musical by Lynn Ahrens and Alan Menken.

Director Abbey Crawford, and Assistant Director Phoebe Oosterhuis, visit KPBX to discuss the dramatization of the Christmas Truce of 1914. All Is Calm features a male cast singing a cappella, with quotes by the soldiers involved in the historic WWI truce 100 years ago.

Margaret Travolta and Patrick Treadway visit the KPBX studio to chat about their upcoming Christmas Revue "I Remember Christmas," with her sister Ellen Travolta, Jack Bannon, and Katherine Stromaier. Performances at the Cd'A Resort begin the day after Thanksgiving.

In the KPBX Studio in the 10 a.m. hour: Phil Baldwin and Roberta Botelli preparing for the Spokane Youth Orchestra's season opener this Sunday, "Promise of Autumn." Baldwin is Spokane Youth Symphony Artistic Director, while Botelli is a cellist and coach in the Spokane Symphony's Young Musician Education Program.

Audio coming soon

The cast of the upcoming play The Glass Menagerie stopped by the KPBX Studio to share moments from the classic play. The show is the first at the rebranded "Modern Theater Spokane."

performs in the Spokane Public Radio performance studio as part of their northwest performances. The group joins children of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga elementary school choir in concert Wednesday night at the church on Gonzaga's campus.

Audio from the in-studio performance and interview coming soon.

Tim Campbell and Linda Siverts of Northwest Opera speak with Verne about the upcoming show, Barn Aid 2014

  Verne interviews Tiffany Skidmore of the One Night Art Gallery, which will be at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Saturday, October 25 from 2-5pm.

MEN in the Studio

Oct 17, 2014

Justin Raffa and Max Mendez of  Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN)  

Pianist Armen Guzelimian on his collaboration with the Spokane String Quartet.

Violinist Kurt Nikkanen, in anticipation of his October 13 appearance with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Listen to his conversation with Verne Windham during From the Studio.

Jane Fritz of The Idaho Mythweaver speaks with Verne Windham about the American Indian Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho on October 11, 2014 at the Panida Theater. 

Zuill Bailey announces the 2015 Bach Festival  

This Thursday, Oct. 2, The Guitar Hour starts at 10 a.m. for a two-hour KPBX special. Guests Alex de Grassi and Brad Richter perform, plus host Leon Atkinson previews the Harp Guitar Convention taking place that weekend in Coeur d'Alene. "We have all these people representing the wonderful guitar events taking place in the region, and we'll be able to have these great artists interacting on the radio," says co-host Verne Windham.

Listen live:

  Chris Kopzynski talks with Verne Windham about mountaineering and his documentary film, "Wisdom Earned."

Verne Windham interviews Spokane Civic Theatre Artistic Director, Keith Dixon, and cast members Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Tevye) and Mary Starkey (Yentel) from the season opening production of Fiddler On the Roof.

Verne talks with the cast of "Broadway Bound," the Neil Simon sequel to "Brighton Beach Memoirs," which was produced at Interplayers Theater last season.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a dripping faucet!
Fred Newman is best known to the KPBX audience as Garrison Keillor’s go-to man for every sound effect humanly possible. But he also travels the country with his own One-Mouth Show.

Fred shared his uncanny ability to recreate sounds at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. He also told stories of his past -- how a fly impersonation kept him in a college class, and growing up in Georgia hearing stories from the best.