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Coeur d'Alene Symphony cancelled their upcoming National Young Artists Competition Concert due to COVID-19 concerns, but a few of those young musicians visit the studio with Coeur d'Alene Symphony Music Director Jan Pellant.

In this segment, soprano Madeline Stern, performs (accompanied by Diana Pratt) and talks about her musical education and work.

Dr. Jody Graves, pianist and professor at Eastern Washington University, visited KPBX in advance of her performance of the music of George Gershwin with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. The concert features Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue along with arrangements of many favorite songs. Jody and Jim Tevenan talk about a range of things: Gershwin, Rhapsody, jazz piano and more.

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Gonzaga University is hosting the American College Dance Association Northwest Conference March 11 - March 14. Suzanne Ostersmith, Director of Dance at Gonzaga, visits the studio to talk about contemporary dance, dance education, the Conference, and the featured performance by Mark Morris Dance Group.

For more information on the ACDA Northwest Conference, visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/news-events/events/2020/3/11/acda.

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Stage Left Theatre's annual "Fast & Furious" returns for the 7th time, with staged readings of 35 short plays. In the studio are director Jeremy Urann, Producer and actor Rebecca Cook, and actor Susan Hardie with a discussion and preview of one of the short plays ("Just Chillin'" by Gail Corey-Betz).

"Fast & Furious 7" opens Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM, and runs through Sunday, March 8. For tickets and more information visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane Children's Theatre visits with a preview of their production of "The Little Mermaid." In the studio are Director Mike Hynes, Managing Director Doug Beschta, and actors Kay Poland (Ursula), Daniel Renz (Scuttle), and Skyler Kelley (Prince Eric), discussing the show and performing songs.

"The Little Mermaid" is already SOLD OUT. For information on upcoming SCT productions, visit https://spokanechildrenstheatre.org/.

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Spokane Falls Community College Spartan Theatre is producing the world premiere of "Fire Melt Stone," Kemuel DeMoville's historical drama about the Great Fire of Spokane. Cast members Sarah Plumb, Megan Barlow Jones, and Chris Hansen perform a preview and discuss the play.

"Fire Melt Stone" opens Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM, and continues through March 15. For tickets and more information, visit https://sfcc.spokane.edu/For-Our-Students/Around-Campus/Spartan-Theatre.

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At 7:30 pm Wednesday, the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mount Saint Helens Symphony in Showalter Auditorium on the Cheney campus. Verne talks with conductor Dr. John Marshall about the performance and the accompanying images commemorating the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.

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Conductor Morihiko Nakahara visits the studio to discuss Spokane Symphony's "Masterworks 7: Appalachian Spring," which will include Copland's masterpiece of the same name, along with selections from Gershwin, Glass, and Bernstein. Also in the studio is guest clarinetist Stephen Williamson, to perform a preview of the program and discuss his career in music.

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Timothy Westerhaus, Choir Director of Gonzaga University, and Melissa Dunphy, choral activist and composer, visit the studio to discuss "The 19th: For Her, For All," a concert celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage.

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Timothy Westerhaus, Choir Director of Gonzaga University, and Melissa Dunphy, choral activist and composer, visit the studio to discuss "The 19th: For Her, For All," a concert celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage.

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Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of "Cabaret," swings by the studio to discuss the show. Also in the studio are actors Aubree Pederson (Sally Bowles) and Rebecca Craven (Fraulein Schneider), and Music Director Henry McNulty with Tonya Ballman (Assistant Music Director) with a preview of two songs from the production.

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Attacca Quartet will perform Beethoven's String Quartets, considered his greatest works, in performances at 7:30 pm tonight, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Barrister Winery, 1213 W Railroad Avenue, in Spokane. The concerts are for BachFest Week 1, the celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday.

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Spokane Symphony continues its popular film series with the 1980s classic “Back to the Future.” Guest Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos (Music Director, Festival of the Arts BOCA) visits the studio to discuss the evening’s program, film scores, and more.

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First Presbyterian Church is celebrating Black History Month with a concert, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Derrick Parker, Director of Music and Worship, visits the studio to discuss the program and to perform a preview, along with accompanist Bonnie Robinson on piano.

"Life Every Voice and Sing" will be performed Sunday, February 23, at 5 PM, at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. For more information, visit http://www.spokanefpc.org/.

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The latest production at Lake City Playhouse highlights a forgotten story of WWII. “These Shining Lives” details the experiences of “the Radium Girls”—the young women who worked in factories painting watch faces with glowing irradiated paint, contracting radiation poisoning.

The show’s director, Kristin Kilmer, visits the studio to discuss the play and the Radium Girls. Also in the studio are actors Maria Stromberg (Catherine) and Brandon James Miller (Tom), with a preview of the show.

Pianist Peggy Reich visited our KPBX studio to discuss her new program, "Music, the Speech of Angels," that she presents this week in various north Idaho locations. She illustrates her conversation with Jim Tevenan around the topic of musical aesthetics with selections from the music used in her programs.

The Dallas String Quartet will play a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings at 7:30 PM tonight, Valentine's Day, at Gonzaga University's Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. 

DSQ performs as a quartet or with a full accompaniment of drums, guitar and piano, and has sold out concert venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls alike.

BOGO tickets are available for tonight's performance through the box office or by calling (509) 313-2787 using the promo code: ELECTRIC.

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Midori, a Japanese-born American violinist, will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Schumann with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 

She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist at the New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. She has been a leading concert violinist for over 35 years, as well as a noted global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

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The cast of Ignite! Community Theatre's production of Matthew Barber's "Fireflies" visits the studio to discuss the show and perform a preview. Kim Roberts (Eleanor Bannister) and Theresa Kappus (Grace Bodell) play retirees in a small Texas town, and Dan Griffith (Abel Brown) plays a drifter who has the whole town talking.

"Fireflies" opens Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM and runs through March 1. https://www.igniteonbroadway.org/blog/about-fireflies.

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Thomas Heppler, Director of Stage Left Theater's production of "Lonely Planet," visits the studio to discuss the play, which is set at the height of the AIDS crisis. Also in the studio are actors Robert Tombari (Jody) and Lukas Lanz (Carl) to perform a scene and talk about their roles.

"Lonely Planet" opens Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM and runs through March 1. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane String Quartet and the Spokane Kantorei Choir will perform the world premiere of "A Garden of Roses" Sunday, February 16, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Director Timothy Westerhaus and composer Cary Boyce visit the studio to discuss the composition and the performance, and Spokane String quartet--Mateusz Wolski (first violin), Amanda Howard-Phillips (second violin), Jeannette Wee Yang (viola), and Helen Byrne (cello)--perform a selection from the show.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 6 celebrates Valentine's Day with works by Debussy, Ravel, and Tomasi. James Lowe, Music Director, and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti visit the studio to discuss the program and perform a preview.

Masterworks 6 will be performed Saturday, February 8, at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 9, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks-6-music-for-valentines-day.

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Two exhibits at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture explore historic volcanic eruptions, near and far: "Mt. St. Helens: Critical Memory" and "Pompeii: The Immortal City." MAC Executive Director Wes Jessup and Gonzaga University Professor of History and Classical Civilizations Andrew Goldman visit the studio to discuss the exhibits.

"Pompeii: The Immortal City" joins "Mt. St. Helens: A Critical Memory" on display February 8. For hours, tickets, and more information, visit https://www.northwestmuseum.org/.

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Trigger Weddle, Director of Aspire Community Theatre’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” visits the studio to discuss the show. Also in the studio are Musical Director Brandon Michael and actors Jessica Peterson (Roz), Tricia Petronivich (Violet), and Hannah Melton (Doralee) with a preview of their performances.

“9 to 5: The Musical” opens Friday, February 7, at 7:30 PM, and continues through February 16. For tickets and more information, visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1.

Tavener Family

Verne Windham's remembrance and tribute to Whitworth University Emeritus Professor of Music Thomas T. Tavener, who passed away December 24, 2019.

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Jack Delehanty, Director of Gonzaga Theatre's production "Dancing at Lughnasa," visits the studio to discuss the play. Also in the studio are musician James Hunter of the band Floating Crowbar, actors Molly Quillin, Molly Henderson, and Brett Bean, and stage manager Freja Jarvegren-Uecker.

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Jan Pellant, Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra, visits the studio to discuss the upcoming performance "Family Pictures." Also in the studio are violinist Yesong Sophie Lee and actor Stephen Shortridge with previews of their performances in the show, which will include selections from Prokofjev, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky.

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Pan Pacific Ensemble visits the studio for a two-part interview and performance. The wind quintet consists of members Sophia Tegart (flute), Keri McCarthy (oboe), Shannon Scott (clarinet), Martin King (horn), and Michael Garza (bassoon).

See Pan Pacific Ensemble in concert Monday, January 27, at 6:30 PM, in the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium.

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Pan Pacific Ensemble visits the studio for a two-part interview and performance. The wind quintet consists of members Sophia Tegart (flute), Keri McCarthy (oboe), Shannon Scott (clarinet), Martin King (horn), and Michael Garza (bassoon).

See Pan Pacific Ensemble in concert Monday, January 27, at 6:30 PM, in the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium.

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Donna Skoog, Director of Spokane Children's Theatre's production of "The Three Musketeers," visits the studio to discuss the musical. Also in the studio are young actors Aiden Else, Dacey Else, Brody Else, Crickett Raelund, Cassidy Raelund, and Bailey Raelund to perform scenes from the show.

"The Three Musketeers" opens Friday, January 24, at 7 PM, and runs through February 9. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanechildrenstheatre.org/Home/EventDetails/36.

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