The Piano Bench

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.

On The Piano Bench today, a live and lively session with Matt Goodrich, Music Program Director at the Sandpoint Music Conservatory and Head of Piano at the Coeur d'Alene Conservatory. Matt tells the story of his music upbringing and discusses the recital he gives this Friday evening at 7 at the Hamilton House in Coeur d'Alene, home of the Coeur d'Alene Conservatory. We'll hear several examples of music from that program played by Matt in our KPBX Performance Studio.

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."

We welcome baritone (and Sandpoint Conservatory Music Director) John Fitzgerald and pianist (and familiar KPBX presence) Melody Puller for conversation and performance. The piece we'll hear, and one especially relevant these summery days, the Songs of Travel of Ralph Vaughan Williams, setting the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson.

KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – May 18, 2021

 

 

Vocalise (Arr. Adrian Mann)                                                                         Rachmaninoff

EWU Cello Ensemble

Grace Ahola (Sophomore-Composition/Cello Performance)

Gloria Miller (Freshman-Music Ed)

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.

Today, we continue to celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Garfield Elementary School teacher, Samuel Rasmussen. Verne Windham presents reflections by Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook on his Poetry in the Neighborhood project. I’ll talk with Gonzaga University’s Matt McCormick about this Friday’s Student Film Festival, and we’ll have music from out studio, courtesy of pianist Melody Puller.

North Idaho pianist  and music educator Melody Puller rejoins us for an hour with Jim Tevenan around the music of one of the greats of the French Baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we continue to celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Charity Doyle and Sam Song of Northwest Winterfest. We’ll also welcome comedian Aries Spears, who performs in Spokane this weekend, and Soundspace host Zan Agzigian with excerpts from her interview with US Poet Laureate and musician Joy Harjo. Plus music from our studio played by Whitworth University senior Mikah Turpin.

Whitworth University senior Piano Pedagogy and Composition major Mikah Turpin plays a reprise of his Graduation Recital for us, with music by Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Toru Takemitsu, Ludwig van Beethoven and Jenö Takács.

KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – April 13, 2021

Sonata K. 332 – II. Adagio (5’30”)                                       Mozart

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

Albumblätter (Album Leaves) Op. 39 (10’30”)                    Hans Sitt

I., Moderato – II. Andante sostenuto – IV. Allegro

Nicole Leach, viola (Graduate Student)

Claire Wang, piano (Graduate Student)

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

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we celebrate the notorious (and fun) poetic form, the limerick, as well as meet artist Ryker Murdock. Music is from EWU students and their latest Second Tuesday Piano Bench program.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University music major students for a "Second Tuesday" performance on KPBX's Piano Bench program. Jim Tevenan hosts, aided by Dr. Jody Graves of the Eastern music faculty. Music is by Josef Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Claude Debussy. Our musicians are pianists Tonya Ballman, Kathryn Amdahl, Carly Bair and Christian Skok, also violinist Dominic Treis and cellists Grace Ahola and Spencer McConnachie.

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.

Blue Flower Arts

Today, Chris Maccini introduces us to poet, Yale University professor, and this year’s Race and Racism lecture presenter, Claudia Rankine. We’ve also got Verne Windham’s chat with Stage Left Theater’s Susan Hardie, director of their current production, An Illiad. I’ve got the latest from the CdA Music Conservatory executive director Julienne Dance. And Nathan Weinbender has a review of a new documentary film, Some Kind of Heaven. Music, in honor of Black History Month, is from composers Florence Price, R.

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 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.

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.

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.

Spokane Public Radio

Award-winning American pianist Yuliya Gorenman will delight audiences at BachFest Scheherazade at 7 pm Tuesday at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Hotel and Wednesday at 7 pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane.  Born in Odessa, Ukraine, and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she first achieve international acclaim in 1995 as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium.  Since then she has been continually invited to perform solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the world.

Spokane Public Radio

Award-winning American pianist Yuliya Gorenman will delight audiences at BachFest Scheherazade at 7 pm Tuesday at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Hotel and Wednesday at 7 pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane.  Born in Odessa, Ukraine, and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she first achieve international acclaim in 1995 as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium.  Since then she has been continually invited to perform solo, chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the world.

Spokane Public Radio

Acclaimed pianist Lara Downes is in town for a couple of shows, and she visited our studio to give us the scoop on her new album: “Holes in the Sky.” A collection of songs written and performed by Lara and other leading female artists, it celebrates the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music.

She will be performing in Thomas Hampson’s “Song of America: Beyond Liberty” concert at 8 PM this Friday in the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox, and a Girls on the Run benefit concert at 7 PM on Saturday in the Patsy Clark Mansion.

Spokane Public Radio

Acclaimed pianist Lara Downes is in town for a couple of shows, and she visited our studio to give us the scoop on her new album: “Holes in the Sky.” A collection of songs written and performed by Lara and other leading female artists, it celebrates the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music.

She will be performing in Thomas Hampson’s “Song of America: Beyond Liberty” concert at 8 PM this Friday in the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox, and a Girls on the Run benefit concert at 7 PM on Saturday in the Patsy Clark Mansion.

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