Spokane String Quartet

This time around on NWAR, we again focus on visual arts, with guests Gina Freuen, co-founder of the Little Spokane Artist Studio Tour, and Ginger Oakes, owner of the Go Art Center on the South Hill. Both have stories to tell of art and artists in challenging times. Nathan Weinbender reviews a new film set in the art world, and the Spokane String Quartet provides the music.

Today, we meet the host of a program new to KPBX, but familiar to KSFC listeners. Her name is Sarah Aronson, and her program, The Write Question, which now follows NWAR each Thursday afternoon on KPBX. Also, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe reports from his home in Edinborough, Scotland, updating us on his hopes and trepidations as the Symphony plans it next steps. And Dan Webster will be by with a film review. Our music going in is courtesy of Ludwig Van Beethoven, by way of the Spokane String Quartet.  

Our Northwest Arts Review focus continues on the COVID-19's effect on regional arts, this time with the especially insightful thoughts of Kristina Ploeger, Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University. Dan Webster drops by to offer more visual diversions to salve your cabin fever, and we hear from the Spokane String Quartet as well, part of our celebration of the national Public Radio Music Day.

A week ago was the world premiere performance of A Garden of Roses, written by Cary Boyce and performed by the Spokane String Quartet and Kantorei chamber choir. You’ve probably read about it, but may have missed the performance. It is being broadcast tonight as our Concert of the Week. The program airs today, Monday, at 7:00 p.m., and "A Garden of Roses" should start just after 8:00 p.m.

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Spokane String Quartet and the Spokane Kantorei Choir will perform the world premiere of "A Garden of Roses" Sunday, February 16, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Director Timothy Westerhaus and composer Cary Boyce visit the studio to discuss the composition and the performance, and Spokane String quartet--Mateusz Wolski (first violin), Amanda Howard-Phillips (second violin), Jeannette Wee Yang (viola), and Helen Byrne (cello)--perform a selection from the show.

On Saturday, June 2 at 1pm the Spokane String Quartet will make their KPBX Kids' Concert debut with A World of Inspiration: String Quartets Inspired By Cultures and Traditions Around the World. The free concert will take place at the Riverside Place Commandery Room in downtown Spokane. 

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Helen Byrne and Amanda Howard Phillips talk to Verne about Spokane String Quartet's performance featured on nationally syndicated radio show, Performance Today. The segment features a performance from a summer concert in Oklahoma with members of the Chickasaw Nation. 

It is always a treat to have the Spokane String Quartet in the studio!  Today, the quartet was joined by pianist Karen Savage to preview their upcoming concert at 3pm on Sunday January 29th at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

We always love having the Spokane String Quartet in our studio, and this morning was no exception.  The quartet was here to give us a sneak peek of their second concert of the season, which is this coming Sunday, October 30th at 3:00pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.  This concert, entitled "Visions of Russia," features music by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, and Haydn.  Quartet members include Mateusz Wolski (violin), Amanda Howard-Phillips (violin), Jeanette Wee-Yang (viola), and Helen Byrne (cello).

The Spokane String Quartet will present their second concert this weekend, and this time they are joined by a couple of special guests, flutist Alaina Bercilla and pianist Roger McVey.  Alaina stopped by the studio today to talk with Verne about the program, which includes Mozart's String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K.