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    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.

  Emmanuel is a self-taught painter and a mixed-media expressionist and founder of Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. He sat down with Verne to talk about the Healing Hearts Northwest art show being held at Dodson's Jewelers.  There will be a reception on April 10.


   Aubrey Shimek-Davis, Diana Trotter, and Nich Witham joined Verne in studio this morning for an interview about Collected Stories. The show opens this weekend at The Modern Theater - Spokane and runs through April 26.

Jim Tevenan spoke with Tim Westerhaus on Thursday morning, about choral music at St. John's Cathedral and at Gonzaga University.


Director Troy Nickerson and actors Tom Heppler and Nathan Patrick Nelson spoke with Verne Windham this morning about Stage Left Theater's upcoming production of "Equus." 

Kasidy Devlin, who plays Mordred in Westcoast Entertainment's Best of Broadway production of Camelot stopped by the station this morning to talk with Verne about the show.


The Spokane Symphony will present  Classics #8: Eastern Journeys this weekend at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Conductor Eckart Preu, Daniel Cotter, clarinetist and boy soprano Amiel Elfert spoke with Verne Windham this morning to introduce the program 

This weekend The Spokane Symphony will present its 6th Classics performance of the season. Guest Conductor Robert Moody and violinist Benjamin Beilman spoke with Verne Windham about the program this morning. For more information, visit the symphony website.


Emily Jones, Daniel McKeever and Phoebe Oosterhuis, all cast members in the Modern Theater production of God of Carnage stopped by the studio on Wednesday morning to speak with Verne Windham about the show which opens this weekend at The Modern Theater - Coeur d'Alene.


Tonight's Symphony with a Splash program will feature composer/pianist Thiwangkorn Lilit's new piece, commissioned especially in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Welty's 100th birthday. Singer Heather Peterson and  Thiwangkorn Lilit spoke with Verne this morning about the concert and celebration this evening.

This weekend the Spokane Choral Artists and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will join forces to present a concert of works for double-chorus featuring music by Vivaldi, Brahms, Rutter, Tavener, Whitacre and Muehleisen at the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium on Saturday evening and at St. John's Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. Max Mendez spoke with Verne Windham this morning to talk about the program. More information about times and tickets can be found on the Community Arts Calendar.  

Mystery Behind the Scenes: The Maltese Trout? 

Verne Windham interviews Nancy Klingman for this Thursdays Live @ the Bing, Faculty and Student Soloists and Ensembles of Holy Names Music Center.

According to Terrain's Facebook post, "Uncharted Territory is a first-of-its-kind collaboration and fundraiser between the Spokane Symphony and Terrain, pairing some of Spokane’s most inspiring emerging musicians, thespians and authors with the full force and might of the Spokane Symphony." Conductor Jorge Uzcatagui, Charles Pepiton from the Gonzaga University Theater Department and Cameron La Plante of the Flying Spiders spoke with Verne this morning to introduce the program.