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You Want Entertainment? This Is Your Year

Hang on for a wild ride: 1995 will be one of the great years in entertainment history.

The Spokane Arena open in September with a flood of events, the Spokane Symphony’s 50th anniversary season will offer a wealth of riches, MCA Concerts Northwest is assembling the most aggressive season yet at The Gorge and the Festival at Sandpoint promises another strong season.

Tips from Silver Mountain and Playfair indicate good years at both venues, though neither has released a schedule.

Looking at the calendar’s second quarter, the Seattle Men’s Chorus kicks things off Saturday with a show at St. John’s Cathedral and hockey fans will celebrate many great nights on the Coliseum ice with an old-timers game Monday.

Violinist Elmar Olveira joins the Symphony at the Opera House, April 7, the Magic Mime Circle and the Symphony present a family program, “The Listener,” Sunday, April 9, and Spokane’s modern chamber group, Zephyr, performs at The Met April 14. The Bridge Ensemble, a chamber group from Seattle, will perform at The Met, April 21.

On May 14, pianist and Spokane native Janet Goodman Guggenheim will join The Spokane String Quartet at The Met.

Perennial favorite Bob Newhart will play Parents’ Weekend at WSU with an April 8 show, and the next night the Tibetan Monks of the Gyuto Monastery will chant at The Met.

Country giants Vince Gill and Patty Loveless play Pullman’s Beasley Coliseum, April 20 and the Rocky Mountain States Body Building Championships come to The Met April 22.

Cajun swingers BeauSoleil fiddle at the Masonic Temple April 27, the same night Confederate Railroad plays Kelly’s Grand Ole Opry at Stateline.

Pam Tillis gets the Opera House all to herself on April 28 and BeauSoleil moves on to the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.

The Gorge Season opens with Tom Petty shows May 5 and May 7. Monster rockers R.E.M. play the Gorge May 21 and Queensryche appears May 26.

In jazz notes, Cinco de Mayo brings the Spokane Jazz Orchestra to The Met, and Spokane’s first-ever Dixieland Jazz Festival will be held at the Masonic Temple June 2-4.

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