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KPBX to stream Musicfest Northwest performances during Kids’ Concert

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre is postponing its 2020 shows until 2021. Last year, it produced “The Sound of Music” featuring Jennifer Tindall as Maria Rainer and Patti Mortier as the Mother Abbess. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Valley Summer Theatre is postponing its 2020 shows until 2021. Last year, it produced “The Sound of Music” featuring Jennifer Tindall as Maria Rainer and Patti Mortier as the Mother Abbess. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

During quarantine, performances of all kinds have been canceled or rescheduled, but even still arts and music organizations have found ways to ensure the show goes on. Take KPBX 91.1 FM, for example.

The station’s Kids’ Concert series was supposed to launch with a live broadcast with musicians in the studio. But after the annual Musicfest Northwest was canceled, KPBX switched gears and will broadcast highlights from previous festivals from Wednesday through Friday between 10 a.m.-noon.

These broadcasts will be hosted by Verne Windham. The connection between KPBX and Musicfest Northwest goes back to May 1995 when the station informally invited some of the prize-winning young musicians from Musicfest Northwest, then called the Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival, to perform in the studio.

Over the course of the following 25 years, KPBX has showcased more than 1,000 young musicians via live studio performances.

“(Spokane Public Radio) will keep the legacy alive by using the second week of May to showcase many of the great performers of the past and set the standard for those we will hear when the festival returns,” Kathy Sackett, business development and events director, said in a news release.

Valley theater postpones 2020 season

In a news release, Yvonne A.K. Johnson, Spokane Valley Summer Theatre executive artistic director, announced that due to the current pandemic, the 2020 season has been postponed until 2021.

“As always, the health and safety of our artists, patrons (including 50%-60% seniors in the at-risk community), staff and volunteers have to be our first priority,” Johnson wrote. “This decision has weighed heavily and will impact our artistic, business and community as a whole on many levels.”

The season will feature performances of “Little House on the Prairie,” “The King and I” and “Sister Act.” Season and individual tickets have been moved to the corresponding performance in 2021. To contact the theater, email tickets@svsummertheatre.com or call the box office at (509) 368-7897.

Those unable to accept the ticket transfer can choose a voucher to a 2020-21 Spokane Valley Summer Theatre special event, offer their ticket price as a tax-deductible donation to the theater, including a letter signifying the donation, gift your tickets to a friend, family or community member, or provide a 2020-21 scholarship to a student/family in need of financial assistance to send their child to camp.

Speaking of camp, most of the SVST summer camps have been moved to August. Visit svsummertheatre.com for more information and to register.

Also in August, the theater hopes to hold a SVST in Concert fundraiser featuring performances from the 2021 shows as well as past productions and future prospects dependent on the development of stay-home orders.

In the meantime, patrons can visit svsummertheatre.com/donate to donate to Spokane Valley Summer Theatre.

“Your safety and the community we serve are always first, and when we can gather in theaters safely again, we will,” Johnson wrote. “We firmly believe the arts will be instrumental in healing and coming together again for all of us to uplift, entertain, enrich and inspire.”We want to thank you for your patronage, which enables us to bring live theater to our Inland Northwest community.”

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