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A triumphant return for Fox, Hampson

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.

Grand gala

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.

Fox facts: A journey through the years

1927 "Million-dollar theater" plan announced. 1931 Grand opening celebration, featuring five Hollywood stars, attracts 20,000 spectators.

Special section celebrates reborn Fox

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."

Fox Theater benefactor’s identity revealed

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.