KPBX Kids' Concerts

For more than 20 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.


Selected students competing in the 2017 Musicfest Northwest Festival will be invited by their adjudicators to perform live in the SPR Performance Studio on May 17, 18 & 19. These broadcasts will take place during Classical Music with Verne Windham, between 10 a.m. and Noon.

Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins made the April 2017 KPBX Kids Concert a magical affair.  Thanks to Swank Films, SPR showed the full-length film in Spokane Community College’s Lair Auditorium.

Mary Poppins is the 1964 film adapted by Disney from the classic books by P.J. Travers, starring Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny. The film won five Academy Awards for its leading lady, special effects team, and the delightful songs by the Sherman Brothers. 

This free admission event was made possible by event donors Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakeries.

Thanks also to Gordon Grove, Hearn Brothers Printing, and the SPR volunteers.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar

Mar 4, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

The dance floor filled with excited kids and their adults at the Saturday, March 4 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring the music of Floating Crowbar. The quartet is considered the region's  best and most authentic Irish band. The free Kids' Concert took place at the auditorium at Riverside Place (formerly the Masonic Center).

The quartet, made up of Rick Rubin, Don Thomsen, Morgan Andersen, and James Hunter, performed a lively mix of jigs, reels and horn pipes.

Three of the group performed at the 2015 KPBX Kids' Concert with rave reviews. The real star of the concert was the dancers on the auditorium floor. Kids happy to be out of the house wiggled, jumped, and circled in time to the music.

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 Jaye Nordling and the staff of Riverside Place.

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.