Jody Graves

We again welcome Eastern Washington University student musicians for this week's Piano Bench program. Many thanks for the participation of these EWU students, and for the leadership and  inspiration of their teachers, especially Drs. Jody Graves and John Marshall.

With today's Piano Bench we begin a series of monthly showcases of Eastern Washington University music students, specifically piano majors in both solo and collaborative roles. With thanks to EWU's Dr. Jody Graves, this is the program:

Preludes, Op. 16-Alexander Scriabin

No 1 in B major: Andante

No 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro

No 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile

No 4 in E flat minor: Lento

No 5 in F sharp major: Allegretto

Tonya Ballman, piano (Junior, EWU Piano Major)

Minstrels-Claude Debussy

On the next Music That Matters, we welcome concert pianist, music educator, public speaker, goodwill ambassador, and much more, Dr. Jody Graves. We’ve got a wide-ranging conversation for you, plus generous samples of Jody’s playing, both as solo artist and, her favorite, collaborator with other fine musicians.

This week’s NWAR includes Chris Maccini’s conversation with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook around the state of poetry in this time of pandemic. Pianist and music educator Jody Graves reflects on her earliest experiences with her instrument, Dan Webster’s offers his take on a new Ryan Murphy film musical, and we get a reminder from James Lowe about a virtual Spokane Symphony performance happening very soon.

The Piano Bench on 7/21/2020 celebrates the centennial of the birth of pianist and teacher Margaret Saunders Ott.

The program features five of her former students from across the country playing and remembering her legacy. Performers include Jody Graves, Greg Presley, Stephen Drury, Philip Aaberg, and Scott Rednour. Watch videos of all five performances here. 

Spokane Public Radio

Ivana Cojbasic plays solo in the studio in anticipation of her Sunday, Oct. 29th, 3:00 PM recital at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. See a link to that and another event below.

Later in the recording Cojbasic is joined by pianists Cai Feng and Karlyn Brett for a performance of Piano Six Hands. In addition, Jody Graves and Greg Presley play a piano duo.  These performances anticipate the Saturday, Oct. 28th, 7:00 PM, Steinway Stars concert at Eastern Washington University. See a link to this event below.