Archie Chen

This week on Northwest Arts Review we take a trip south to investigate the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, back this summer after a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2020. Artistic Director Timothy Christie fills us in on the festival’s offerings and we’ll hear a bit of music from an earlier season that is part of this year’s festivities as well. Also, Dan Webster is by to offer his take on a new pandemic-inspired film, and we’ll have music in and out from our studio, courtesy of pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson-Chen.

Archie Chen and Rhona Goudlson-Chen played live on The Piano Bench today, Archie from the Bunte Blätter of Robert Schumann, then Archie and Rhona with duets of dances of Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak, closing with a nicely jazz-tinged arrangement by Milton Kraus of Henry Mancini's "Moon River."

Opus 11 of Music That Matters, with host Jim Tevenan welcomes duo pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson-Chen for four-hand piano music by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak and Claude Debussy, along with solo pieces and their insights into professional, life partnership and the power of music to heal and bring balance to our lives.

This week’s Northwest Arts Review celebrates the latest round of grants from Spokane Arts as Chris Maccini talks with one of the recipients, artist, writer and yoga instructor Donell Barlow. Also, Jim Tevenan introduces emerging artist Tayler Jakeway, and Dan Webster has a movie review for us. We’ll also have music from two of our favorite pianists, Archie Chen and Rhona GouldsonChen.

Virtual theatre and music are on the NWAR menu this week as we hear from Whitworth University theatre professor Andy Christensen about an upcoming production, and NWBachfest artistic director Zuill Bailey on insights he has gained during the pandemic. Plus, Dan Webster tells us about a new classic detective tale from Netflix. NWAR, Thursday at noon on KPBX

Spokane Public Radio

MusicFest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program that encourages and aids young people to study music and the arts. There have been over 47,000 entrants in the last 73 years, participating in eight divisions: piano, flute, organ, ballet, voice, string, reed and brass. They range in age from first grade through post-graduate work.

Three of the past piano participants—Archie Chen, Greg Presley  and Cheryl Carney—stopped by the studio on Tuesday to reminisce with Verne about MusicFest Northwest. The upcoming entry deadline has been extended to March 25. 

Spokane Public Radio

MusicFest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program that encourages and aids young people to study music and the arts. There have been over 47,000 entrants in the last 73 years, participating in eight divisions: piano, flute, organ, ballet, voice, string, reed and brass. They range in age from first grade through post-graduate work.

Three of the past piano participants—Archie Chen, Greg Presley  and Cheryl Carney—stopped by the studio on Tuesday to reminisce with Verne about MusicFest Northwest. The upcoming entry deadline has been extended to March 25.