From the Studio

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

Spokane Public Radio

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.

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint

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.

Performers are: Dead Fiddlers Society; Todd Milne; Sesitshaya Marima Band.

Performers are: Brian McLeod; Steve Schennum; The Kathy Colton Trio; Dan Maher; Steve & Shelly Hines; Nicole Bayley; Mad Mama Moon; Keeler, Melvin & Morse.

Suzanne Ostersmith, Director of Dance at Gonzaga University, talks with Verne Windham about meeting the challenges of the pandemic. The Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble will present a virtual concert, featuring choreography by Kyle Davis, Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, on Saturday, November 14th, at 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Visit for links to stream the performance on different platforms.

This week, String Orchestra of the Rockies Artistic Director Maria Larionoff joins us with the good news about the orchestra’s new season, which starts this weekend with live performances in Missoula. Chris Maccini introduces us to author Vanessa Vaselka and her new novel, The Great Offshore Grounds. Nathan Weinbender drops by with his take on a new Netflix offering, Project Power, and we’ll enjoy a bit of flute and piano music from our performance studio archive, played by Jennifer Slaughter and Melody Puller


Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass, and his son Caleb Brown perform bluegrass, Americana, and originals in the studio as a part of a special Kids' Concert.

Caridwen Irvine-Spatz, musician, luthier, and host of Nacho Celtic Hour, and Greg Spatz, musician and writer, perform folk songs from across traditions for a special Kids' Concert.    

Yvette Kraft

Violinist Yvette Kraft joins Verne Windham for a performance of Ysaye's Violin Sonata #4 in E and a conversation.

Yvette Kraft

Violinist Yvette Kraft joins Verne Windham for a performance of Ysaye's Violin Sonata #4 in E and a conversation.

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.