Piano

Visiting our studio for the first time since 2015 is Dr. Andrés Jaramillo. After earning his Master's degree from EWU, Andrés moved to southern California to begin work on his doctorate at USC. He finished that degree last year and is resuming his teaching and concertizing careersAndrés is in Spokane for a series of recitals, and he dropped by to bring us up to date on developments in his life and, of course, to share some of his music with us.

Polina Beymanov is a junior piano and voice major at Whitworth University, a piano student of Dr Judith Schoeflin and voice student of Scott Miller. She came to our KPBX studio to play her junior recital program, which included music of J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Of particular interest were two selections somewhat off the beaten path, Oscar Peterson's arrangement of Richard Rodgers' "Little Girl Blue," and two Bagatelles of William Bolcom.

Elizabeth Hamilton is a Whitworth University junior performance major on both violin and piano.

She is also playing Beethoven’s Concerto No.1-I with the Whitworth Orchestra on May 8.

Elizabeth's Piano Bench selections:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 90-I

Lowell Liebermann: Nocturne No. 2

JohannSebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F, WTC II

Fredric Chopin: Ballade in Ab

Henry Mauser is a junior piano performance and biology double major at Gonzga University. He is part of Greg Presley's studio, and presented his junior recital at Gonzaga March 22nd. Henry recorded the program here in our KPBX performance space, and we are pleased to present it now as a Piano Bench broadcast and podcast. Here is Henry's program:

Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major, op. 110 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto

III. Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

On a special Piano Bench program we welcome Spokane piano technician Ken Eschete and, in California, Charles Metz--historic instrument collector, keyboardist and authority on old instruments, their mechanisms and their various tuning systems. With samples from Charles' new Navona album featuring keyboard music by Elizabethan composers for the virginal, we explore the amazing (and complex) world of historic tuning methods.

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.

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.

Parlor Music, that do-it-yourself home entertainment medium, thrived in the years between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of World War I in Europe. It was the way music was shred and enjoyed in many, many households both in the U. S. and England. Our November Kids' Concert celebrates Parlor Music as pianists Melody Puller and Mary Trotter and tenor Tim Westerhaus take us back to a bygone era of music. KPBX's Jim Tevenan hosts and plays a bit on another instrument popular in these years, the harmonium or pump organ.

Margaret May Saunders Ott was a legendary Spokane area pianist and piano teacher whose students have enjoyed careers in performance and music education. Several of them have recorded tributes to Margie May, both playing and reminiscing. We'll hear Jody Graves, Greg Presley, Scott Rednour, Steve Drury, Phil Aaberg, and Mrs. Ott herself.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, a conversation with the Idaho Arts Commission's Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, Steven Hatcher, also Chris Maccini lets us know about a special virtual event mounted by Auntie's Bookstore this weekend, we'll hear a musical tribute on the 100th birthday anniversary of a legendary Spokane teacher, Margie May Ott, and Nathan Weinbender lets us know about a pair of new films that paint a less than ideal portrait of 1950s America.

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John and collaborator, pianist Matt Herskowitz, have a new album out on Lara's own Ancalagon label. She and Jim Tevenan chatted about her background and the new album that features Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata and the César Franck Sonata in A.

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.

The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is a musician both immensely talented and wise beyond his years. That comes out in Jim Tevenan's conversation with Mr. Grosvenor around his new Decca album of Chopin piano concertos, seasoned with brief exerpts from the disc.

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.

On Monday morning, Cellist Brady Anderson and Pianist Jasmine Nagano performed a reprise of their Winter Recital.

Their Live from the Studio performance included:

Five Pieces for Cello and Piano by Amy Beach

I. La Captive

II. Berceuse

IV. Dreaming

Song without Words, OP 109 by Felix Mendelssohn

II. Adagio affettuoso

Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op 99 by Johannes Brahms

and

Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla

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