The world-renowned opera singer will help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fox Theater restoration in two performances this weekend with the Spokane Symphony.
“I think there’s all sorts of good stuff we can continue to do and unleash our energies around,” vom Saal said during a recent meeting at the Spokesman-Review.
Landmark theater in downtown Spokane is marking 10 years since it reopened after an extensive renovation.
The stars represent more than $350,000 in donations to the Foundations for the Future campaign.
On a Friday night in late December, the light spilled out of the massive windows illuminating the wintery exterior of Frank and Sherry Knott's unique residence on the Western edge of Spokane's Liberty Park. The building, a former power transfer station for the streetcar system in early Spokane, is now a warm and antiques-filled home, and for this event it was the scene of an invitation-only reception for acclaimed singer Thomas Hampson. Hampson, who considers Spokane to be his hometown, was back to perform in the newly renovated Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Guests included Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, Spokane Symphony conductor Eckhart Preu and fiancé Neeley Hall as well as other local arts benefactors and supporters.
The Spokane Symphony enters a new era Saturday celebrating its new home in the refurbished Fox Theater. Internationally known operatic mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade will join the symphony and conductors Eckart Preu and Donald Thulean in a gala program designed to show off the orchestra's new space. The program features music by Beethoven, Mozart and Respighi, along with arias from French operas and the world premiere of a work by Hans-Peter Preu, Eckart's older brother.
1927 "Million-dollar theater" plan announced. 1931 Grand opening celebration, featuring five Hollywood stars, attracts 20,000 spectators.
When the Fox Theater reopens this week after nearly $31 million in renovations, the star of the evening will be the same grand lady from the first opening in 1931: the Fox Theater itself. Today, that same Fox-y lady stars in a 10-page special section, titled "Welcome Back."
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett tops the Fox Theater's grand opening lineup, announced Friday. Here's the schedule:
Myrtle Woldson, the daughter of a Spokane pioneer railroad builder, confirmed Wednesday that she is the previously anonymous donor who gave $3 million toward restoration of the Fox Theater, and that as a result, the theater is going to be named in honor of her father, Martin Woldson. "He loved music," she said in a telephone interview, adding that having his name on the Fox would be an appropriate tribute to him.