From The Studio

Interviews and performances from inside the KPBX studio. Please click the headline for expanded text and/or audio.

Cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah and pianist Darin Manica, along with Billie Herron from The Harrington Opera House, stopped by the studio this morning to provide a preview  and discussion about their performance tomorrow evening, entitled Music from Russian Masters. For more information and tickets, please visit the Harrington Opera House website.

35M: A Musical Exhibition opens this weekend at Stage Left Theater in downtown Spokane. Directed by Rio Zavala and Alexander Edmonds, with Musical Direction by Ashley Pyle, the cast includes Jonah Taylor, Torey Routson, Marlee Andrews, CJ Lorentz and Brooke McCormick. This morning, Torey and CJ performed selections from the show, and the directors spoke about the background of the piece and the interaction of song and photography. They also discussed their new theater group:The Ghostlight Ensemble.

Spokane Symphony Chorale director Kristina Ploeger joined Verne in the studio this morning to talk about the Chorale's upcoming concert featuring the majestic German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The concert will be at Saint John's Cathedral on Sunday April 2nd at 4pm. More information available from Spokane Symphony Associates

Director of the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, Stan McDaniel  joined Verne this morning to talk about the chorale's upcoming concerts featuring Handel's Messiah, Parts I & II.  The NWSMC will be performing at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene this Friday, March 31st at 7pm and Saturday April 1st at 3pm. They will also perform on Saturday, April 8  in Spokane at Central Lutheran Church at 3pm.

This morning representatives from the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene stopped by the studio to talk about their upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar.   Director Troy Nickerson, music director Henry McNulty and cast members Abbey Crawford and Jadd Davis shared their experiences with the show and gave us a preview of a couple of the songs.  Jesus Christ Superstar opens Friday March 31 at Lake City Playhouse and runs Thursdays through Sundays until April 23.