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Mateusz Kowalski will play classical guitar in the second concert of the 2019-2020 concert series for Friends of the Guitar Hour. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day, February 14, at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Midori, a Japanese-born American violinist, will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Schumann with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 

She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist at the New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. She has been a leading concert violinist for over 35 years, as well as a noted global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 6 celebrates Valentine's Day with works by Debussy, Ravel, and Tomasi. James Lowe, Music Director, and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti visit the studio to discuss the program and perform a preview.

Masterworks 6 will be performed Saturday, February 8, at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 9, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks-6-music-for-valentines-day.

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Jack Delehanty, Director of Gonzaga Theatre's production "Dancing at Lughnasa," visits the studio to discuss the play. Also in the studio are musician James Hunter of the band Floating Crowbar, actors Molly Quillin, Molly Henderson, and Brett Bean, and stage manager Freja Jarvegren-Uecker.

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Whitworth University Music Department's production of Handel's "Alcina" will be performed this month. Director Scott David Miller, Music Director Scott Rednour, and student vocalists Veronica Scafidi (Alcina), Chloe Millard (Morgana), and Kaitlyn Atchison (Bradamante) visit the studio with a preview and discussion.

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Lake City Playhouse opens 2020 with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Brooke Wood, the show's director, visits the studio with a preview and discussion of the show. Also in the studio are the three actors who play Alison at various stages of her life: Ruby Krajic (young Alison), Olivia Davies (young adult Alison), and Ann Benson (adult Alison).

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Spokane Youth Ballet recently received a SAGA grant to fund a special project to promote dance and dance education. The result is a new production of the classic ballet, “Peter and the Wolf,” showcasing the choreography of student dancers. Academy of Dance Director Naomi Hanvey, Phaedra Jarret, and young choreographer and dancer Brooke Geffry-Bowler visit the studio to talk more about the purpose and process of the show.

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Stage Left Theater's latest production is Doug Nigro's darkly comic "Mandelstam." Director Doug Dawson visits the studio with actors J.P. O'Shaughnessy (Joseph Stalin) and Sean Behary (Boris Pasternak) to discuss the play and to perform a preview.

"Mandelstam" opens Friday, January 10 at 7:30 PM, and runs through January 26. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

All this week (the first week of winter), Spokane Public Radio volunteers and staff are sharing selections from "Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl" by John Greenleaf Whittier.

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The Inland Northwest is the home of a new musical production of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," with a libretto by Ed Bryan and music by William Berry. Ed Bryan visits the studio with Jeanne Hardie, the show's director, and actor Bill Garry (Captain Ahab) to discuss the musical and an upcoming trip to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival in February 2020.

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Mark O'Connor and his family band are on the road with "An Appalachian Christmas," an album and a seasonal tour. He calls in to the studio to talk about the project, the family band, the tour, and the music.

Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" will be performed Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 PM at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For more information, visit https://www.markoconnor.com/an-appalachian-christmas.

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BachFest's Winter Classics 2019 is celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday with a series of concerts highlighting the composer's quartets. In the studio are two members of Ariel Quartet, Jan Gruning (viola) and Gershon Gerchikov (violin), to discuss their upcoming performances and the music.

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The Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's "A Festive Celebration" will be performed December 6th and 7th at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Jan Pellant visits the studio with a preview of the performance, including selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 

For tickets and more information, visit https://cdasymphony.org/.

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Gonzaga University students approaching graduation and post-graduate life spent some time interviewing former Peace Corps volunteers about their choices to serve and their experiences around the world. The result is the Peace Corps Project, a play based on the real stories of the interviewees. Interview participants Mike and Lynn Noel and Charles Pepiton, and actors Brett Bean and Elizabeth Helmer, visit the studio to discuss the production.

The Peace Corps Project will be performed in Gonzaga's Magnuson Theatre at 2 PM, Sunday, December 8th. 

From the Studio: Composer Rogan Tinsley

Nov 29, 2019
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Composer Rogan Tinsley (saxophone) visits the studio to talk about his compositions and to perform recent works with collaborators Janet Phang (piano) and Liam Cameron (clarinet).

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Flutist Alicia Mielke returns to the studio to talk about her career in music, and to perform a preview of her upcoming concert with pianist Kevin Garnica. The two will perform a program that includes four pieces by Heinrich Feld.

See Alicia Mielke and Kevin Garnica in three performances: at the Fairplay Concert Hall and Arena at 7 PM Friday, November 15, and at 1 PM on Saturday, November 16; and at the Harrington Opera House at 1 PM November 17. For more information, visit https://www.aliciamielke.com/events

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Spark Central's latest creative community project resurrects the live radio drama with a production of "Treasure Island." Marc Anthony directs a cast of community actors of all ages, some playing multiple roles, through Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling adventure. Also in the studio are Spark Central's Program Manager, Melissa Dziedzic, and voice actors Amanda Moulton, Sawyer Frye, Jared Frye, Mariah Eggers, Owen Eggers, Sue Eller, and Caryl Briscoe-Michar, performing a preview of the show.

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Spokane Children's Theatre visits the studio with a preview of their new production of the musical "The Addams Family." The original story based on the classic television series and films introduces a grown-up Wednesday Addams (Molly Robbins), bringing her "normal" boyfriend home to meet the family for the first time. In the studio to discuss the show and perform are Director Craig Hirt, Managing Director Doug Beschta, and actors Molly Robbins, Tyson Fletcher (Pugsly), and Charles Fletcher (Uncle Fester).

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The Watoto Children's Choir, comprised of Ugandan children of many ages, visits the performance studio with their adult leaders, Paul and Eunice Musaali and Mercy Imusalaba. The children and their accompanying musicians perform songs written by members of the Watoto Church, which serves orphaned and vulnerable children and women with a variety of programs. The choir tours with different children each year, allowing as many children as possible to perform for audiences around the world.

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Songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Anne Mannan visits the studio to talk about her life in music and her new album, "Carnies & Cowboys." 

The record release show for "Carnies & Cowboys" will feature Jenny Anne, backed by Her Angel Band--a host of stellar local and regional musicians--and special guests Sara and Sean Watkins, performing as Watkins Family Hour.

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Yvonne AK Johnson, Executive Artistic Director of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, stops by the studio with a preview of their season finale, the ABBA-infused musical, "Mama Mia." Also in the studio are actors Andrea Olsen (Donna), Emma Larson (Sophie), Marnie Rorholm (Tanya), Michael Muzatko (Harry), and Paul Villabrille (Sam), and a dozen members of the ensemble chorus, singing songs from the show.

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Olivia Brownlee (and her alter ego Amelia Peaceheart) dropped by the studio to talk about "The TRUE Variety Show" and to play a little banjo.

"The TRUE Variety Show" will take place at 4 PM at the Rockin' B Ranch June 23rd, July 21st, August 25th, and September 22nd. For more information visit the website http://truevarietyshow.com.

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Jacob Johnson, a former student of Guitar Hour guest host John Paul Shields and an award-winning musician in his own right, visits the studio to perform, and to discuss his training and influences.

Jacob will perform a free concert in the Spokane Falls Community College Auditorium (Building 15) Sunday, June 9, at 2 PM. The program will include transcriptions of Schubert and Granados, the Spanish music of Tarrega and Torroba, modern works of Brouwer and Callahan, and a few preludes by Jacob himself.

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Jacob Johnson, a former student of Guitar Hour guest host John Paul Shields and an award-winning musician in his own right, visits the studio to perform, and to discuss his training and influences.

Jacob will perform a free concert in the Spokane Falls Community College Auditorium (Building 15) Sunday, June 9, at 2 PM. The program will include transcriptions of Schubert and Granados, the Spanish music of Tarrega and Torroba, modern works of Brouwer and Callahan, and a few preludes by Jacob himself.

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"Bottoms Up!" the final production of Ignite! Community Theatre's 14th season, takes place in the Caribbean, as an unlikely cast converges at a hotel. Through confusion, and a con or two, the prevailing question is: who has the suitcase? Director Jerry Upinghouse and actors Tricia Petrinovich (June), Phedre Burney-Peters (Victoria), and Trey Heppner (Mr. Rushmore), visit the studio to discuss the play and perform a preview.

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Spokane Falls Community College Director of Drama, Ashley DeMoville, brings a preview of the Falls' final theatre production of the season, "Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical." Joining her are actors Jennifer Tindall and Jaycelane Fortin, and Music Director Andrea Olsen, sampling songs from the show and discussing their roles.

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"Blazing Fiddles," the Coeur d'Alene Symphony's upcoming fundraiser, will feature a "classics meets cowboys" theme, says Jan Pellant, Conductor. Joined in the studio by the fundraiser's guest host, Molly Allen, the two give us a preview of the evening's entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now for the June 22nd event, which will include a BBQ supper with all the fixins, and live and silent auctions, at the Rockin' B Ranch. For more information, visit the website  https://cdasymphony.org/blazing-fiddles/.

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Spokane Symphony Concertmaster, Mateusz Wolski, creator of “The M Show: Music, Mayhem & Mystery,” talks about the upcoming “Percussion Edition” of the show. Joining him are his special guests for this show, heavyweight boxer Chauncy Welliver, “The Hillyard Hammer,” and Spokane Symphony Principal Timpani, Meagan Gillis.

"The M Show" takes place this Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 at 8 pm at the Washington Cracker Co. Building at 304 W. Pacific.

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Stage Left Theater visits the studio with a preview of their current production, "BARE: A Pop Opera," the story of students at a Catholic boarding school who grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Director Troy Nickerson and actors Scott Miller (Jason), Brady Magruder (Peter), and Abbey Crawford (Claire, Peter's mom), discuss their roles and gives us a sampling of the music, with the song, "Best Kept Secret."

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Dawn Wolski, Director of Inland Northwest Opera, and Maria Caprile, Director of their current production, "The Toy Shop," stop by the studio with highlights of the Opera's upcoming season, which also includes "Cosi fan Tutte" (coming in July) and "Madame Butterfly" (coming in September).

"The Toy Shop," a children's opera, will have free performances 4 PM May 19, at First Presbyterian Church in Coeur d'Alene, 1 PM May 21, at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, and 3 PM June 1, at the West Central Community Center, in Spokane.

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