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Lake City Playhouse opens 2020 with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Brooke Wood, the show's director, visits the studio with a preview and discussion of the show. Also in the studio are the three actors who play Alison at various stages of her life: Ruby Krajic (young Alison), Olivia Davies (young adult Alison), and Ann Benson (adult Alison).

Pianist and Composer Bogdan Ota visitied our studio to play some of his music and talk with Jim Tevenan about his life as a composer. Bogdan gives a concert Friday, January 17th at the Jacklin Arts and  Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID.

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The M Show is back! Host and Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visits the studio with guests, Spokane Poet Laureate (and trumpet player) Chris Cook and aerialist John Hernandez, to talk about this incarnation of the musical variety show.

The M Show No. 1 will be performed at 8 PM, Saturday, January 11 at The Knitting Factory. For tickets and more information visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/the-m-show-music-mayhem-and-mystery171/.

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Spokane Youth Ballet recently received a SAGA grant to fund a special project to promote dance and dance education. The result is a new production of the classic ballet, “Peter and the Wolf,” showcasing the choreography of student dancers. Academy of Dance Director Naomi Hanvey, Phaedra Jarret, and young choreographer and dancer Brooke Geffry-Bowler visit the studio to talk more about the purpose and process of the show.

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Stage Left Theater's latest production is Doug Nigro's darkly comic "Mandelstam." Director Doug Dawson visits the studio with actors J.P. O'Shaughnessy (Joseph Stalin) and Sean Behary (Boris Pasternak) to discuss the play and to perform a preview.

"Mandelstam" opens Friday, January 10 at 7:30 PM, and runs through January 26. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's latest production of the season is Noel Coward's "Present Laughter." Director Melody Deatherage visits the studio with actors Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Garry Essendine), Elisabet Edwards (Liz Essendine), and Phedre Burney-Peters (Monica Reed) to discuss the show and perform a scene or two.

"Present Laughter" opens Friday, January 10, at 7:30 PM and continues through February 2. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/present-laughter/.

Verne Windham offers this tribute to Randel Wagner, who served as Director of Vocal Studies and Choirs at Eastern Washington University for nearly 20 years. Wagner passed away December 22, 2019 at the age of 67.

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James Lowe, Music Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to discuss the tradition of the Holiday Pops and this season's program, featuring guest vocalist Vanessa Williams.

Spokane Symphony performed the Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams Saturday, December 21, at 8PM, and Sunday, December 22, at 2 PM.

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Leon Atkinson, host of The Guitar Hour, brings friends and festivity to the studio for a special performance: Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir and their director, Jon Brownell; Tonedevil Bros., Anothony and David Powell; and Mike Johnson. 

For more information on the Christmas Guitar Summit concerts, visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheguitarhour.

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Leon Atkinson, host of The Guitar Hour, brings friends and festivity to the studio for a special performance: Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir and their director, Jon Brownell; Tonedevil Bros., Anothony and David Powell; and Mike Johnson. 

For more information on the Christmas Guitar Summit concerts, visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheguitarhour.

Michael Marsolek joins us from Montana Public Radio to talk about his upcoming Winter Solstice musical celebration, A Musical Dreamtime Journey. Michael, joined by fellow multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Duncan perform this Saturday at South Perry Yoga at the Buddhio.

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Kearney Jordan, Spokane Civic Theatre's Academy Director, visits the studio to discuss her production of the classic holiday play-within-a-play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Joining her in the conversation are actors Millie Paine, Josephine Kahler, and Audrey Overstreet.

This production is SOLD OUT. For more information on Spokane Civic Theatre productions, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/.

William Berry stopped by our SPR studio to talk about Clarion Brass and their 2019 Christmas concert.

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The Inland Northwest is the home of a new musical production of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," with a libretto by Ed Bryan and music by William Berry. Ed Bryan visits the studio with Jeanne Hardie, the show's director, and actor Bill Garry (Captain Ahab) to discuss the musical and an upcoming trip to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in February 2020.

The Bing Crosby Theater

A Spokane tradition since 2006, The Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be take place all day Saturday, December 14th. Historian Bill Stimson and Bing Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby, visit the studio in separate interviews to discuss the history of the Bing Crosby Theater, the Film Festival, and the enduring popularity of the entertainer himself.

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Chorale Coeur d'Alene will present two "Christmas By Candlelight" concerts, at 7 pm Friday and 2 pm Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene. Dr. Stan McDaniel, artistic director and conductor, stopped by the studio to talk about the musical performances with special featured guests the youth choral ensemble from Spokane, Crescendo Community Chorus, directed by Sharon Smith. A sing-along of familiar and beloved carols will complete each concert.

John David Pittman

Mark O'Connor and his family band are on the road with "An Appalachian Christmas," an album and a seasonal tour. He calls in to the studio to talk about the project, the family band, the tour, and the music.

Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" will be performed Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 PM at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For more information, visit https://www.markoconnor.com/an-appalachian-christmas.

Marco Borggreve

BachFest's Winter Classics 2019 is celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday with a series of concerts highlighting the composer's quartets. In the studio are two members of Ariel Quartet, Jan Gruning (viola) and Gershon Gerchikov (violin), to discuss their upcoming performances and the music.

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The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's "A Festive Celebration" will be performed December 6th and 7th at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Jan Pellant visits the studio with a preview of the performance, including selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 

For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/.

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Gonzaga University students approaching graduation and post-graduate life spent some time interviewing former Peace Corps volunteers about their choices to serve and their experiences around the world. The result is the Peace Corps Project, a play based on the real stories of the interviewees. Interview participants Mike and Lynn Noel and Charles Pepiton, and actors Brett Bean and Elizabeth Helmer, visit the studio to discuss the production.

The Peace Corps Project will be performed in Gonzaga's Magnuson Theatre at 2 PM, Sunday, December 8th. 

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Zuill Bailey, artistic director of The Northwest Bach Festival, visited the studio to talk about Connoisseur Concerts' performances this week to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday. String quartet performances are at 7:30 pm Tuesday at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d'Alene, 7:30 pm Wednesday at Barrister Winery in Spokane, 7:30 pm Friday at Hamilton Studio in Spokane, and 3 pm Sunday at Barrister Winery in Spokane. 

From the Studio: Composer Rogan Tinsley

Nov 29, 2019
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Composer Rogan Tinsley (saxophone) visits the studio to talk about his compositions and to perform recent works with collaborators Janet Phang (piano) and Liam Cameron (clarinet).

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Spokane Civic Theatre's holiday season productions open with an adaptation of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." Director Marianne McLaughlin and actors Megs Levi (Mary) and Joshua Baig (George) visit the studio to talk about the production and to perform a preview.

"It's a Wonderful Life" opens Friday, November 29, at 7:30 PM and continues through December 22. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/its-a-wonderful-life/.

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<p>Spokane Children's Theatre will present performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at 4 p.m. Friday and 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. Some of the children and adults who make up the cast, accompanied by pianist Lois Robertson, stopped by the studio to talk about the production and sing a few of the songs, "Dear St. Nick," "This Is The Time," and "Peaceful Night." The play continues through December 22 at 2727 N. Madelia Street.</p> 

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STCU Best of Broadway brings the 50th Anniversary Tour of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" to Spokane this week. Actors Aaron Lavigne (Jesus) and Jenna Rubaii (Mary) visit the studio to talk about their roles, the production, and life as touring actors.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" has shows Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.broadwayspokane.com/.

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Performers Molly Allen and Abbey Crawford visit the studio to discuss “Christmas Miracles” the annual holiday variety show hosted by Ellen and Margaret Travolta.

“Christmas Miracles” opens Friday, November 29, at 7:30 PM, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, and runs through December 22. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.cdaresort.com/play/events/holiday_show.

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Director Josephine Keefe of Stage Left Theatre visits the studio to discuss a their production of “Venus in Fur,” David Ives’ play-within-a-play based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Also in the studio are actors Emily Jones (Vanda von Dunayev) and Danny Anderson (Thomas Novachek) to perform a scene from the show and talk about their roles.

“Venus in Fur” opens Friday, November 22, at 7:30 and continues through December 8. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

Karin Wedemeyer, one of the founders of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, and John Fitzgerald stopped by the studio to talk about the conservatory's annual Fall Serenade Concert, at 5 pm Sunday. Proceeds go towards the conservatory's scholarship programs.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks series continues with a commemoration of the Moon Landing. Guest conductor Roger Kalia visits the studio with Spokane Symphony's new Marketing Director, Kathy Gustafson, and Director of Education Programs, Janet Napoles, for a discussion of the concert's program and multi-media presentations.

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