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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.


    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.