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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Hills alive with 'Sound of Music Sing-a-Long' 

Looking for something fun to do with the family during Christmas week? Dress 'em up in lederhosen and start rehearsing "My Favorite Things." The "Sound of Music Sing-a-Long" has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. This is the 1965...

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Cheyenne Jackson goes all 'Mad Men'

Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, product of Newport and Spokane, will get in touch with his inner Rat-Packer for a concert with the New York Pops on Thursday. He's headlining a show called "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the 'Mad Men' Era. Read all about...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Grieg and me: Symphony's guest artist

I just finished interviewing and writing a story for Thursday's paper about Jon Kimura Parker, who will play the Grieg Piano Concerto at the Spokane Symphony's opening concert on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and info go here. He's a great speaker, with a fine...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

Symphony will Kick Back with new concerts

The Spokane Symphony has announced a new concert concept: Kick Back Classics. These are concerts away from the usual concert hall and without a conductor. Annie Matlow of the symphony said the musicians “will be ‘kicking back,’ and playing without a conductor – much like...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011

Comstock Park Labor Day Concert, 2011 (Jim Kershner)

A classical Comstock party

Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu stood at the podium at Comstock Park Monday and wondered aloud if this was an even bigger crowd than usual. From this photo, you can see, it was a huge. Thousands showed up for the Spokane Symphony's Labor Day...

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Pianist Dinnerstein at the Fox

I left a crucial bit of info out of a Spotlight item in print on Sunday: The location of the Simone Dinnerstein concert. It will be at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox., 1001 W. Sprague. Here's the rest of the info, as printed...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

She earned her musical tuition 

I have some excellent news to report: Meredith Oatman-Thompson raised enough money with her Sunday fundraising concert (see post from a few days ago) to pay for tuition and books for her entire sophomore year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her father said lots of people...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

A musical way to raise tuition money

Here’s an excellent way to raise music tuition money: Give your own benefit concert. Meredith Oatman-Thompson, a 15-year-old organ and piano student from Orofino, Idaho, will present “Bach to Goth” Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

The Rockin' B's last roundup

Sounds like the Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show, which has been a Spokane (actually Liberty Lake) tradition for 17 years, will be riding off into the sunset after this season. Owners Scott and Pamela Brownlee announced this weekend that the shows will not be...

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George Winston cancels both local shows

Pianist George Winston has been forced to postpone his Sept. 21 concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane and his Sept. 22 concert at the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. Winston has cancelled all of his shows through September -- at least 11 of them....

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011

Symphony's 'Best of Spokane' fest

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi’s“Summer” from “Four Seasons” for some of Spokane’s “best” causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say “best” because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever “Best...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Symphony celebrates 'Best of Spokane'

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi's "Summer" from "Four Seasons" for some of Spokanes "best" causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say "best" because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Kristofferson, Haggard together in Spokane

We just got word of a new concert, with tickets going on sale Friday: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & MERLE HAGGARD Sun, September 25th, 2011 7:30 PM INB Performing Arts Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201 (509 279-7000) All Ages. Tickets Range From: $35,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

Maria Muldaur coming to Spirit Lake

Maria Muldaur, of “Midnight at the Oasis” fame, has been booked into Spirit Lake’s Red, Wine & Bluz Fest on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band be the closing act in the newly reinvigorated blues festival, which has been...

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The nation's top Highland dancers are here

The best Highland dancers in the US are in Spokane for the 2011 U.S. Inter-Regional Highland Dance Championships. Yes, you can watch them, both at paid admission events Friday and Saturda at the INB Performing Arts Center and free events on Sunday. Here's the info...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

A mad 'rush' for $25 k.d. lang tickets

You can pick up a $25 ticket to the k.d. lang concert, but you have to pounce right away. This afternoon, 100 balcony seats went on sale for $25 in a kind of early 'rush' ticket deal. These tickets are available through all TicketsWest outlets...

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

A really big band at the Northern Quest

A really big band has been booked into the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoor venue: The Spokane Symphony, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. They're calling this a "Sizzling Summer Concert With the Spokane Symphony" and it will feature Eckart Preu conducting the symphony in a...

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Getcher free Springsteen, right now

I logged onto the Spokane Public Library's new free music download service, Freegal, yesterday -- and it lived up to expectations. It contains 500,000 songs from the Sony music archives. City library card holders can download -- and keep -- three songs per week. It...

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

A second Brandi Carlile concert option

Brandi Carlile has been booked into the Knitting Factory on Oct. 6 -- which will be just two months after her appearance at the Festival at Sandpoint. So, choose your preference: The lakeshore under the stars? Or the downtown Spokane nightclub? Or both? There are...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Neko Case is a Baby Bar fan

Neko Case apparently hung out at the Baby Bar, the tiny gem at 827 W. First, after her Thursday concert, because here's what she just tweeted: "The Baby Bar in Spokane, WA. Best bar in USA. No question."

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UPROAR Festival: Bands with 'Seven' in name 

The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2. This lineup includes two bands with "Seven" in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust. The complete lineup: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace,...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd ticket date switch

TicketsWest has now changed the Lynyrd Skynyrd on-sale date to Tuesday at 10 a.m. This show, as we noted in previous posts, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series.

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

A new Spokane String Quartet member

Violinist Amanda Howard-Phillips has joined the Spokane String Quartet for its new season, replacing Tracy Dunlop, who has moved to Michigan. Howard-Phillips is on the Gonzaga University faculty and is current the principal second violin for the Spokane Symphony. The quartet’s new season consists of...

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Skynyrd tickets on sale Saturday 

We've finally received confirmation on the Lynryd Skynyrd on-sale date: Saturday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. Ticket prices will range from $55 to $100. The show, as we noted in a previous post, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort...

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