If your New Year resolution was to hear more live music, you’re in luck this weekend.
But if you were thinking along the lines of Nine Inch Nails, as opposed to symphonic and choral music, you might have to keep hunting.
For the rest of you, though, The Music Ministry of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is presenting a festive program of seasonal music especially suited to large spaces at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The program will include works of Giovanni Gabrieli, Michael Praetorius, Richard Wagner and others. A special treat will be the Claudio Monteverdi setting of Psalm 121, “Laetatus sum,” scored for various instruments, soloists and chorus.
The free concert will feature two organs, brass, choir, soloists and percussion in various combination. A grand conclusion to the concert is planned with an abridged version of the Overture to “Die Meistersinger,” transcribed for brass quartet, timpani and organ.
There’s also the Eastern Washington University Men’s and Women’s Honor Chorus Festival this weekend, which offers a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Showalter Auditorium on Eastern’s Cheney campus.
Two honor choruses made up of 180 outstanding choral students selected from high schools in Idaho, Montana and Washington will perform in the final event of the festival.
The students will spend all of Saturday at EWU’s music department in rehearsals in preparation for the finale. They’ll also work in small groups with some of Eastern’s top music students.
Listen and learn
Elders from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Kalispel and other regional plateau tribes will gather at the Masonic Temple on Saturday to demonstrate and explain traditional dances and songs of their tribal cultures.
The event begins with lunch at noon. The dancing commences at 2 p.m. and will last until 4:30.
The purpose of the “friendship” dance, sponsored by the Cheney Cowles Museum, is to provide a forum for passing on traditions of the plateau to regional tribal youth, as well as to educate and inform other Indian and non-Indian people about the rich heritage of the tribes of the Inland Northwest.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to The Met, where several tribal members will share both traditional and contemporary expressions of their culture. The second half of the evening features the acclaimed one-person play, “According to Coyote,” performed by Nez Perce dancer/actress Carlotta Kaufman.
All the events are free and open to the public.
They never rest
The Spokane Folklore Society is already up and dancing this new year. Its calendar for the year says the BigFoot International Folkdancers meet each Friday at Jefferson Elementary, 37th and Grand, at 7:30 p.m. There’s a buck donation.
The society also holds Backroom Country Dances on Wednesdays at the Woman’s Club Hall, W1428 Ninth, featuring local callers and musicians. Admission is $3.
The Washington State Cougars play Stanford at home this weekend. The game starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum’s Friel Court. Reserved seats are $12, general admission is $8 and $3 for youth.
Or, you can catch the Spokane Chiefs at home this weekend. They play Kamloops at 7 p.m. Saturday and Seattle at 6 p.m. Sunday, both at the Spokane Coliseum. All seats are reserved at $9.50, $7.50 and $6.50 (for juniors).
Hook, line and sinker
Fishing enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the 10th annual Northwest Gamefish Show today through Sunday at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.
There will be plenty on display for inspection, including fishing boats and tackle dealers. The event also features seminars and a worm dig for kids. There are plenty of door prizes, including an electric trolling motor and a two-night vacation at Fairmont Hot Springs.
The nonprofit organization donates the proceeds to support wildlife and other outdoor projects. Last year’s profits went toward a 28-foot picnic pavilion built for the U.S. Parks Service in Kettle Falls.
Admission is $4, but bring a can of food and get a dollar off your admission. Kids 12 and under are free and seniors are admitted for $2 today.
Last year, 15,079 pounds of food were brought in by about 5,500 people. Organizers expect 8,000 people this year.
MEMO: This sidebar ran with story: INSIDE/OUTSIDE Check out Nick: In “Houseguest,” now playing in theaters, Sinbad plays what the title suggests. For a thematic connection, try renting a video of “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1986) and enjoy Nick Nolte as a homeless man hanging out in the house of rich guy Richard Dreyfuss and wife Bette Midler. Ring the dinner bell: If you think you’re cold, consider our feathered residents. The ducks are still paddling cheerily about the Spokane River. Take those croutons left over from stuffing the holiday turkey and feed them to the mallards (they will appreciate wheat or cracked corn even more, of course). You’ll likely find willing eaters at Riverfront Park by the Carousel and often on Upriver Drive along the Centennial Trail just east of the Washington Water Power building. (Remember, the ducks leave the Manito Park pond when it freezes over.)
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