Coeur d'Alene Symphony

Verne Windham speaks with Holly Blanchette, the new Executive Director of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra, about her history with, and new role at, the Symphony, as well as their upcoming concert "Four Seasons," including works by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra performs "Four Seasons" Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 pm (with a pre-concert talk at 7pm). For tickets, visit https://cdasymphony.veeps.com/stream/schedule.

Spokane Public Radio

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, violinist Zoe Lonsinger performs (accompanied by Annie Flood) and talks about her musical education and work.

Spokane Public Radio

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 Malinda Wagstaff, performs (accompanied by Diana Pratt) and talks about her musical education and work.

Spokane Public Radio

Jan Pellant, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, visits the studio to discuss the upcoming season opening concert, which features pieces by Dvorak and Smetana, and the season to come, "Heaven & Earth."

Coeur d'Alene Symphony's season debuts 7:30 PM Friday, October 4th, at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. There will be a matinee performance at 2 PM Saturday, October 5th, as well. For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/.

Prairie Home Productions

Verne has a conversation with Garrison Keillor in advance of his appearance with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony. 

See Garrison Keillor and the Coeur d'Alene Symphony 7:30 PM, Saturday, September 14. For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/garrison-keillor/.

Spokane Public Radio

"Blazing Fiddles," the Coeur d'Alene Symphony's upcoming fundraiser, will feature a "classics meets cowboys" theme, says Jan Pellant, Conductor. Joined in the studio by the fundraiser's guest host, Molly Allen, the two give us a preview of the evening's entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now for the June 22nd event, which will include a BBQ supper with all the fixins, and live and silent auctions, at the Rockin' B Ranch. For more information, visit the website  https://cdasymphony.org/blazing-fiddles/.

Spokane Public Radio

Jan Pellant, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, and alto saxophonist Sheila McCallum visit the studio with a preview of "Sounds of Magic," the Symphony's season finale, which will feature Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice, Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto (McCallum as soloist) and the monumental Pines of Rome by Respighi.

Performances Friday, May 3, at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, May 4, at 2 PM. 

For tickets and information visit the website https://cdasymphony.org/.

Spokane Public Radio

Mezzo Soprano Kimberly Milton, the second of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s 2019 Young Artist Competition Winners, sings Saint-Saens’ “Amours! Viens aider ma faibless” from Samson et Dalila (accompanied by pianist Tiffany Wang) and chats with us a bit.

Kimberly and the other winners will be performing in concert with the CdA Symphony at 7:30 PM on Friday, March 8 and 2 PM on Saturday, March 9.

Spokane Public Radio

Pianist Janet Phang, the first of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s 2019 Young Artist Competition Winners, plays Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2” and chats with us a bit.

Janet and the other winners will be performing in concert with the CdA Symphony at 7:30 PM on Friday, March 8 and 2 PM on Saturday, March 9.

Spokane Public Radio

Verne got a preview today of  "Bolero ... and More," the  Coeur d'Alene Symphony concerts on January 18 and 19 that offer classical music fun for the whole family, including "Ravel Mother Goose Suite" and "Beeson Prometheus Rapture". 

Jill Cathey

John Bottelli, cellist, and Jan Pellant, artistic director and conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony came across the state line to give us the details of their second concert set of the season, “Holiday Joy from Scandinavia.” A collaboration with Chorale Coeur d’Alene, it aims to transport listeners to the Nordic lands with pieces by legendary Scandinavian composers Sibelius and Grieg, plus other festive favorites.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on November 30 and 2 PM on December 1.

Spokane Public Radio

Jan Pellant, new Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony met with Verne in the studio for the first time since being selected for his role. 

Jill Cathey, Coeur d'Alene Symphony prinicpal oboist  joins Maestro Pellant in anticipation of the upcoming Labor Day Concert in Coeur d'Alene City Park

1:00 PM, September 3rd, 2018, Coeur d'Alene City Park, Coeur d'Alene, ID. 

Spokane Public Radio

Verne speaks with virtuoso violinist James Buswell in anticipation of his three performances this weekend: 

Friday, May 4th, 2018: 7:30 PM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene

Saturday, May 5th, 2018: 2:00 PM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. 

Sunday, May 6th, 2018: 4:00 PM at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Foxin Spokane. 

Spokane Public Radio

Coeur d'Alene Symphony guest conductor  Barry Kolman shares his story and introduces his holiday concert performances. Kolman will have two consecutive concerts with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony tonight, December. 1st, 2017 and tomorrow, Dec. 2nd, 2017. 

For more information go to Coeur d'Alene Symphony website

Sixteen year old Takumi Taguchi is the 2017 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Competition winner, earning the chance to play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the CDA Symphony at the 2017 Labor Day concert.

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony will present Music from Scandinavia featuring soloist Renato (Ron) Fabbro playing the Grieg Piano Concerto.  This morning Fabbro and conductor Jorge Luis Uzcátegui visited the studio to preview the concert which will be on Friday May 5 at 7:30pm and Saturday May 6 at 2pm. .  Dr. Fabbro will also be holding a master class at the Kroc Center at 10am on Saturday, May 6.

Today we had a wide range of live music in the Spokane Public Radio studio as we were joined by the six winners of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition.  Each artist - a tubist, a cellist, two pianists, a violinist and a vocalist - gave us a brief performance and sat down with Verne to talk about their musical background and experience with the competition.

Part 1:

This morning, Verne was joined in the studio members of the band Folkinception who played a few tunes and talked about their upcoming performances with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony.  The concerts will be January 20 at 7:30pm and January 21st at 2pm at the Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene.

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony will be performing their final set of concerts this weekend, and Verne had a chance to talk with Principal Cellist Mika Hood about her role in this season finale.  The "Realm of Champions" concert features Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Johannes Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.  Mika is the cello soloist, along with Dr.

Today we put our nice new performance studio to the test with the seven winners of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition.  We had a wide range of winners--including two pianists, two vocalists, and two violinists, and a flutist--play a wide range of repertoire.  Verne talked with each one of them following a short performance.