Leon Atkinson, Spokane’s best-known classical guitarist, will perform concertos by Vivaldi and Villa Lobos with the Spokane Symphony at The Met Sunday afternoon. The orchestra, under the baton of music director Fabio Mechetti, will play works by Handel and Respighi. The concert will be repeated Tuesday evening.
The New York-born Atkinson studied with the legendary Andres Sevogia and has appeared on national television on the “Today Show” and the “Tonight Show,” has performed with symphony orchestras and with such jazz greats as Bud Powell and Mary Lou William, and has taught at the Harlem School of the Arts and at Jersey State College.
Atkinson lives in Sandpoint and teaches at Gonzaga University.
Sunday’s concwert is at 3 p.m., Tuesday’s at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $9 to $19 and are available at the Symphony box office in the Seafirst Building, 624-1200, and at G&B; Selecta-Seat outlets, 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT. , DataTimes