From the Studio

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Verne talks to Chelsea Duvall, Director, and cast members Eli Drushella, Dana Sammond, and Robert Tombari, of Spokane Theatre Ensemble's "Twelfth Night," which opens Thursday, July 29th and runs through August 1st at the MAC's outdoor amphitheater.

For more information about Spokane Theatre Ensemble visit  or, for tickets,

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre visits the studio to talk about their production of "Little House on the Prairie." Verne talks to Director Yvonne Johnson, and actors Jennifer Tindall (Laura), Steve Mortier (Pa), Patti Mortier (Ma), and Sophia Williams (Nellie) perform, with Music Director Annie Flood on piano.

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Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to share highlights of the upcoming 2021-22 season with Peter Glarborg. For season subscriptions and more information, visit

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David Brum, Director of Programs and Events at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, visits the studio to talk about an upcoming lecture by Tom Graves about his book of interviews and photographs of veterans of WWII and the Korean War, "Twice Heroes: Nisei Vets of WWII & Korea."

The lecture will take place at the E.A. Johnston Auditorium at the MAC on Thursday, July 15, at 7pm. For tickets and more information, visit

From the Studio: Spokane Valley Summer Theatre

Jun 18, 2021
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Andrea Olsen of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre visits the studio to talk about the company's return to in-person performance, along with Collin Pittmann, Production Manager, and performers Darnelle Preston, Jayce Fortin, Gunnar Rorholm, and Alexandra Lewis, and pianist Annie Flood.

Verne Windham talks to Naomi Hanvey of Spokane Youth Ballet about their return to the stage. The June 5th showcase will feature performances of Phaedra Jarrett's "The Little Prince," the pas de deux "Spring Waters," and a re-telling of the comedic ballet "Coppelia."

To purchase tickets, visit the box office at the Fox Theater, or online at

Today, Chris Maccini welcomes Trent Reedy and Jawad Arash, two writers from opposite sides of the globe who are collaborators on a new young adult novel, Enduring Freedom. Dan Webster reviews Without Remorse, the latest Tom Clancy screen adaptation, and we have music from the Girges family, performers in our latest Kids’ Concert.

KPBX Presents Sibling Revelry: a concert featuring ensembles from four different families, playing classical music on strings, piano, and brass. Verne Windham hosts. In Part 2: the Morozov family and the Girges family.

For more information on Spokane Public Radio events, and to listen to past KPBX Kids' Concerts, visit

KPBX Presents Sibling Revelry: a concert featuring ensembles from four different families, playing classical music on strings, piano, and brass. Verne Windham hosts. In Part 1: the Treis family and the Chen family.

For more information on Spokane Public Radio events, and to listen to past KPBX Kids' Concerts, visit

Lt. Chris Cornette, bandmaster of Navy Band Northwest, stopped by to talk with Verne about Spokane Navy Week, May 10-16. The Navy Office of Community Outreach is presenting a virtual Navy Week to help Americans stay connected to their Navy while staying safe at home. 


Verne Windham talks to Jennifer Tindall (Director) and Kyle Smock (Board President) of Theatre Arts Center at the Lake about their production of "Charlotte's Web," which will be the first in-person theatre production (with limited audience capacity) in the Spokane area since before the pandemic. 

"Charlotte's Web" opens Friday, April 30, at 7 pm, and continues through Sunday, May 9, at 2 pm. For tickets and more information, visit

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Spokane Symphony's Music Director, James Lowe, visits the studio to talk about the final concerts in the @ Home series, "Overtones: Connecting Music, Art & Science," which combine performance, interviews, interdisciplinary inspiration, and more. The series continues April 30th with "Individualism, " on May 14th with "Light," and concludes with "Heaven & Earth," on May 28th. Shows in the series will be available online through April of 2022.

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Verne Windham interviews Karin Wedemeyer, Director of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, about art in the pandemic: what the pandemic has done to art in our lives and how art can heal and define us in these times.

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

Verne Windham talks to Tanya Brownlee, Artistic Director, and Doug Bestcha, Managing Director, of Spokane Children's Theatre about getting back onstage--virtually and in-person--with their productions of CLUE.

Catch a live performance April 16th & 23rd  at 7 pm, and April 17th & 24th at 2 PM and 7 PM. For tickets and more information, visit

Verne Windham welcomes Dr. Philip Baldwin and Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University Music Department for a discussion of women composers and the curation of the University's concerts highlighting their talents and contributions.

Verne was treated to a preview of a special collaboration, Gonzaga University Theatre & Dance Presents: Pay the Price. The theme for the virtual recital is a response to  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues.  Verne's guests were cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah and Suzanne Ostersmith, head of the GU Dance Department. The online broadcast of the virtual recital is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.  Look for it online on the GU Theatre and Dance website.

Verne Windham welcomes Kent Kimball, who directs the First Presbyterian Chorale and Orchestra in a Good Friday performance of  Theodore Dubois's "The Seven Last Words of Christ."

Watch the performance on the First Presbyterian YouTube channel, all day on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, at For more information, visit

Verne Windham welcomes violinist Yvette Kraft for an interview and performance of Sauret, Bach, and Paganini.    

Verne Windham welcomes Gonzaga University Theatre for an interview about Jean Anouilh's "Antigone." Josephine Keefe (Director) and Grace Harrington (Antigone) join Verne by telephone for a discussion about Anouilh's retelling of Sophocles' classic tale of family tragedy.

Verne Windham talks to Abbey Crawford about Spokane Civic Theatre's "Leading Ladies," a program featuring musical performances of 17 of the Civic's female members. Verne delves into the SPR audio archives to hear some of those performers in past visits to the Performance Studio.

"Leading Ladies" will livestream at 7:30pm, Friday, March 19 at Or visit to donate and help "sell out" the virtual show.

Verne Windham talks to Dr. Matthew Potter, author of "The Curious History of the Limerick" and Curator of the Limerick Museum, about the Piano Academy of Ireland's 11th National Piano Festival and Limerick Writing Contest.

The limerick contest is open to anyone in the world online at, but the deadline is Friday, March 5.

Stage Left Theater's Alone Together series opens with Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's "An Iliad," directed by Susan Hardie, and starring Robert Tombari. Verne Windham talks to Susan about this adaptation of Homer's epic and bringing artists and audiences together in this socially distant time.

Northwest BachFest presents a cabaret burlesque live streaming event with The Singing Siren, Shelly Watson. Verne Windham talks to Shelly Watson about her life in performance and this turn in her career.

A Northwest BachFest Burlesque will stream on Facebook Live and the BachFest YouTube Channel on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 7:30pm Pacific Standard Time. Visit  for tickets and more information.

Verne Windham talks to Jake Schaefer (Director) and Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Scrooge) of Spokane Civic Theatre about the challenges and triumphs of performing Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in 2020.  

The radio drama will be aired on KPBX on Sunday, December 20th, at 4 PM, on Thursday December 24th, at 2 PM, and again on December 25th at 12 PM.

Performers are: Tracy Spring; Kevin Brown.

Performers are: Kevin Pace & the Early Edition; Brittany Jean; Tra le Gael; Heidi Muller & Bob Webb; Caridwen and Greg Spatz; Bigger Boat.

Performers are: Liz Rognes; 2-Bit Jug Band; Free Whiskey; & Sidhe.

Performers are: Urban Coyote Bush Band; Silk Road; Wes Weddell; and The Portatos.

Performers are: The Wanderers Jenny Edgren; Molly & Tenbrooks; Paul Wagner; & Jani Gilbert.