KPBX Kids' Concerts

For 25 years, KPBX Kids' Concerts have brought different genres of music and performances to generations of children. These family concerts are at the heart of the station's mission to provide music awareness and entertainment to our listening region, which compliments our on-air programming.

Eight free one-hour concerts are held throughout the year at rotating venues. At each concert, attendees may be treated to a mix of music and historical information. Each KPBX Kids' Concert highlights a musical style. Past concerts have featured classical, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass, latin, calypso, reggae, klezmer, rockabilly, and lots more.

ALL KPBX KIDS' CONCERTS ARE FREE.

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

Kids of all ages felt like royalty with music for Kings and Queens at the January 28 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at the castle-like St. John's Cathedral on Spokane's South Hill.

Tim Westerhaus, music director for the cathedral, arranged for a concert of sacred and secular music of the era, specifically composed in the 16th century for the Chapel Royal of Queens Mary and Elizabeth.

The cathedral's resident carillonneur, Byrl Cinnamon, began the concert from high atop the bell tower as the Cathedral Kantorei Choir processed in, then sang songs as if they were part of the court of Westminster in London.

Guitarist Paul Grove explored musical romance in the Royal Court, both with solo performance and with soloists from the choir.

Renaissance music, featured heavily in the music program Harmonia (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on KPBX) doesn't have chord progressions that our modern ears are used to. Instead, composers such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd wove melodies together, giving us richly-textured music.

The architecture of St. John's Cathedral borrows from the medieval Gothic style, and details are much like those found in France. Like those buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries, the Cathedral is solely built from rock and glass, no steel used to reinforce the buildings. It's like being in a centuries-old castle! Watch this feature about the building by Public TV KSPS (which is not affiliated with Spokane Public Radio).

Directions to the Cathedral

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline. Thanks also to Hearn Brothers Printing, the performers, St. John's Cathedral and its staff, and the members and volunteers of SPR.

Members of the Cathedral Kantorei Choir:
Soprano: Stacia Cammarano, Tamara Schupman, Corliss Newman, Kristen Naudett, Andrea Olsen, Sami Schneider.
Alto: Kristina Ploeger, Darnelle Preston, Mariah Priebe, Amanda Rood, Gretchen Ramey, Angelika Wilson-Wipp
Tenor: Tim Kenagy, Cary Boyce, Eric Betz, Brian Soth, Mark Petty, Isaac Robbins
Bass: Jeff Boen, John Frankhauser, Max Mendez, Jackson Steimel, Joshua Vander Plaats, David Wolff

There's something powerful about a whole room filled with people singing the same song! Experience a classic all-ages sing-along at the Nov. 19 Kids' Concert, 1 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater in Downtown Spokane.

Two of Spokane's familiar folk singer/guitarists will lead everyone in old favorites from the U.S. and around the globe.

We will have lyrics projected on the Bing's movie screen so readers can sing along! A sample of some of the selections: "Guantanamera," "Yellow Submarine,"
"Buffalo Gals," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," and "Puff the Magic Dragon."

The concert is free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Shoppers at River Park Square were treated to an hour of free bluegrass tunes, courtesy of the Oct. 1 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring Heartbreak Pass.

Heartbreak Pass has been one of the Inland Northwest's favorite bands since it started in 2008. They have evolved from traditional bluegrass to include an eclectic blend of Americana. Stan Hall takes care of the guitar duties, Singer Coats joins in on mandolin, and the soulful but lively Bonnie Bliss covers bass and vocals.

For this concert, Singer's dad Dennis Coats joined in on banjo.

Mobius Children's Museum contributed a free kids’ craft activity: making hats.

The concert was free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Prepare to dance in your seat and in the Lair Auditorium aisles to the lively music of Meshugga Daddies, July 15 at the FREE KPBX Kids' Concert.

Spokane’s Meshugga Daddies plays Klezmer Music: hot Eastern European dance music, mixed up with Yemenite and Arabic tunes.

The FREE KPBX Kids' Concert takes place Friday, July 15 at Noon on the campus of Spokane Community College (SCC) in the Lair auditorium. The summer concerts are possible in part by event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

KPBX Kids' Concert: The Piano Bench June 24

Jun 24, 2016

The Piano Bench host Jim Tevenan wants kids of all ages to experience the wide variety of the piano, so he put together a special KPBX Kids' Concert on Friday, June 24: From Bach to Brazilian.

Lively, short pieces by some of the region's best pianists showcased different sounds and styles the piano produces. Jim also explored the history of the piano, an amazingly complex musical machine.

The FREE KPBX Kids' Concert took place Friday, June 24 at Noon on the campus of Spokane Community College (SCC) in the Lair auditorium. The summer concerts are possible in part by event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Musicfest Northwest 2016 Students In the KPBX Studio

May 13, 2016

Selected students competing in Musicfest Northwest were invited to perform in the new Performance Studio live on KPBX during Classical Music with Verne Windham.

Photos and audio for the following segments are posted here:

These live broadcasts are made possible in part by KPBX Kids' Concert event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Thanks also to Peggy Smith of Musicfest Northwest, Hearn Brothers Printing, Piano Technicians Guild of Spokane, Jim Tevenan, Bill Wright, and the SPR Volunteers!

Brad Keeler and Linda Parman looked for gold in 1890s-era songs at the April 2 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater.

The concert gave a fun and educational glimpse into the Klondike Gold Rush Era. Songs such as “Buffalo Gals” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me” come from Klondikes, sourdoughs and stampeeders—all those in search of gold in the 1890s. Keeler and Parman also performed a few songs written in more recent times that were inspired by the Klondike Era.

Keeler and Parman first put together their Sourdough Songs program for Spokane County Library District’s “Big Read” in February 2015. Keeler (lead vocals, guitar) has played with Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and been awarded first place in flat-pick guitar, fingerstyle guitar and slide guitar at the Florida Old Time Music Championships. Parman (vocals, guitar, ukulele) has played a large variety of music in the Inland Northwest since the 1980s, performing solo and with Canned Music, Dan Thomson, Steve Simmons and more.

The Spring KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks to event donors Pizza Pipeline, Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakery.

The lively band Broken Whistle performed a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. in the Riverside Place Auditorium, 1108 W Riverside in Spokane.

Members of the Kelly Irish Dancers danced with the crowd and showed a few special routines.

The young musicians of Broken Whistle solidified their sound early in 2013 as a guest artist for the Kelly Irish Dancers spring recital. All five members — Chris Reichert (lead vocalist, guitar, mandolin), David McGuire (Celtic flute, penny whistle, DADGAD guitar), Kelcey Hanson (fiddle), Ella Wilkinson (fiddle, bass), and Justus Morgan (Bodhrán, vocals) — play a variety of song types from gentle instrumentals to lively dance tunes.

The Winter KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakery.

*Photos coming soon*
Spokane Public Radio began to celebrate 36 years with a special KPBX Kids’ Concert featuring the Spokane British Brass Band on January 16. The hour-long, free concert took place at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater, Downtown Spokane. Celebrating the birthday of SPR’s first station, KPBX, and the move to Fire Station No. 3, this Kids’ Concert embraced the glorious, vibrant, and exuberant soundscape of the large brass ensemble.

KPBX provided some relief from the effects of the Wind Storm with a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The Bing Crosby Theater's full power and heat attracted around 200 people to the event featuring one of Spokane's hottest Bluegrass groups, Brown's Mountain Boys. 

Three members -- Mark Harding, Dan Gore and Kelly Bogan -- had played together for years in "Molly & Tenbrooks," and added the 'fiddle hotshot' Aaron Castilla to round out the quartet.

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