Jessie Jacobs

Music Coordinator

Idaho native Jessie Jacobs developed a love of classical music at a very young age. One of her earliest memories is dancing to her grandfather playing The Man on the Flying Trapeze and Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena on the piano. She began playing her own music in elementary school when she picked up the viola for the first time.

As a member of her high school orchestra, Jessie performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, and was fortunate enough to play some excellent orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. She continued to play in orchestras and chamber groups when she moved to the Palouse for college. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 2013.

Jessie began working for Northwest Public Radio as a music librarian in the summer of 2011, where she developed a passion for sharing classical music through radio.  Her love of music doesn’t stop at classical; Jessie loves everything from R&B to folk. She calls Moscow home and in her free time, Jessie enjoys baking, playing a good board or card game and makes the most of the beautiful region by skiing, hiking or finding any sort of adventure she can.

Music + Culture
9:07 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Northwest Classical Music Destination: Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Guests are treated to classical performances on a regular basis at the Rimsky-Korsakoffee house.
Credit Andrew Jacobs

  The Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in Portland, OR recently became the topic of conversation here at Northwest Public Radio. It seemed only natural to send word to my Portland-residing father, who decided to head over to the musically themed café that evening, buy himself some dessert and check things out.

He and I bonded over a love of Scheherazade when I was very young - one of those unconditional, slightly irrational feelings of love that has lasted a couple decades and is safe to assume will never go away.  

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Music + Culture
9:29 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Angela Meade: From the Northwest to Opera Stardom

Angela Meade in her breakout role as Elvira in Verdi's Ernani, an Opera she revisits later this month.
Credit Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

This month, the Northwest native Angela Meade will grace the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdi’s Ernani. The Centralia native is no newcomer to opera, and has maintained a buzz of international excitement from critics and opera fans alike, since the beginning of her car

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Music + Culture
10:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Super Thursday Musical Montages

Super Thursday brought you three musical montages of piano, choral and opera hits. If you missed them, you can listen below and find information on playlists! 

Piano Concerto Montage - Created by Jessie Jacobs

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

Concerto No. 2: I.

Van Cliburn, piano/ RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin

RCA 5912

Peter Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1: I. 

Van Cliburn, piano/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

RCA 5912

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Music + Culture
11:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Musicians, Critics, Composers: Walla Walla’s Bauer Sisters


  Susan Pickett’s Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism delivers exactly what the title suggests: adventures of two women in an exciting era of classical music. It follows them from their beginnings in Walla Walla, through European adventures, lives as musicians, critics, composers - and, for Marion – a career as a music teacher in New York City.

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Music + Culture
11:46 am
Mon November 24, 2014

2014 Thanksgiving Specials

Credit Stuart Monk /

  Let Northwest Public Radio be part of your Thanksgiving celebration with these special programs this Thursday:

Lynne Rossetto-Kasper and a wonderful lineup of special guests take listener calls and provide some dinner-saving cooking tips on the live call-in show The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential, which you can hear Thanksgiving morning from 8-10 on NWPR’s NPR News service. 

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Music + Culture
4:42 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Summer Classical Music Festivals

A performance at the 2013 Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festivals
Credit NWPR

 Symphony season is coming to a close and summertime is on its way!  That means it’s time for the many fantastic summer classical music festivals here in the Northwest, where regional, national and international stars perform in some spectacular venues, both indoors and out.

·        The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festivals brings regional, national and international stars to the city to perform at vineyards, museums, churches, theaters and other intimate venues throughout June.

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Music + Culture
1:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Northwest Symphonies Spotlight Video Game Music

Link is the main character from The Legend of Zelda video games, which will be celebrated by a performance from the Seattle Symphony.
Credit PhoTones_TAKUMA / Flickr

In the next couple of weeks, Northwest symphonies are reaching out to the gamers. The Port Angeles and Seattle Symphonies will both be showcasing video game music in upcoming concerts and while lush orchestral music is now present in many game soundtracks, it’s taken quite a while to get there.

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