Past Events

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.

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

The annual Fall Folk Festival kicked off Saturday, November 12 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX!

Nacho Celtic Hour's Carlos Alden and SPR Program Director Verne Windham hosted a diverse group of folk performers at Spokane Community College.

Audience members were welcome to watch and listen anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Lair Auditorium at the college on Mission and Greene.

The live broadcast was presented thanks to event donors Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Numerica Credit Union, and the Spokane Folklore Society.

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SPR presented one of America's musical icons live in concert at the Bing Crosby Theater on Oct. 6. Mark and Maggie O’Connor - American Classics featured music from the more advanced selections of his violin training program. 

This SPR Presents was made possible in part by Event Donors The Cleaning Authority, Dodson's Jewelers, MTR Communications and Sam Rodell, Architects.

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.

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