March 26, 2009 in Features

Snap, classics, pops at 2009-10 Spokane Symphony

Orchestral heavyweights, mix of pops highlight schedule
Travis Rivers Correspondent
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At a glance

Spokane Symphony’s 2009-10 season

Here’s the schedule for the Spokane Symphony’s newly announced 2009-2010 season. All performances are at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox except as noted. Subscription tickets go on sale today; season brochures are available at The Fox box office at 1001 W. Sprague Ave. For more information call (509) 624-1200 or visit

Sept. 26-27  Classics with pianist Pascal Rogé

Oct. 3  SuperPops with the Canadian Brass

Oct. 10-11  Classics, Beethoven programs with violinist Philip Quint

Oct. 16  Symphony on the Edge, Knitting Factory Concert House

Oct. 24-25  Classics with guitarist Manuel Barrueco

Oct. 31  Family Concert, Spooktacular

Nov. 6  Casual Classics, Venice

Nov. 14  SuperPops with Cherryholmes

Nov. 21-22  Classics with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis

Dec. 1-2  Chamber Soirées, The Davenport Hotel

Dec. 4-6  Holiday Pops with Ronan Tynan

Dec. 18-20  “The Nutcracker” with Ballet Memphis

Jan. 15  Casual Classics, New York

Jan. 23-24  Classics with violinist Vadim Gluzman

Jan. 26-27  Chamber Soirées, The Davenport Hotel

Jan. 28  Chamber Soirée, Jacklin Center for Arts and Culture, Post Falls

Feb. 6  Family Concert, Explore the Orchestra

Feb. 13-14  Classics, Symphony Chorale

Feb. 20-21  SuperPops, “Oz” with Orchestra

Feb. 27-28  Classics with pianist Valentina Lisitsa

March 13  SuperPops with Ben Vereen

March 20-21  Classics with cellist Gautier Capuçon

March 23-24  Chamber Soirées, The Davenport Hotel

March 25  Chamber Soirée, Jacklin Center for Arts and Culture, Post Falls

March 27  Special program with the Martha Graham Dance Company

April 17-18  Classics with soprano Susan Lorette Dunn

April 24  SuperPops with Wylie Gustafson and Paul Zarziski

May 1-2  Classics with the Symphony Chorale

May 7  Symphony on the Edge, Knitting Factory Concert House

May 21  Casual Classics, Paris

A new “Beethoven Bash,” pops at The Fox and a different dance partner for “The Nutcracker” will be among the highlights of the Spokane Symphony’s 2009-2010 season. Season tickets go on sale today for the various series on the schedule, which was announced in a mailing to symphony subscribers.

The season opens Sept. 26 with two orchestral blockbusters – Ravel’s “Bolero” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” – along with Gershwin’s Concerto in F with Pascal Roge as piano soloist.

“There isn’t any special theme for this opening concert; it just has some fantastic music and starts our season with a bang,” says Music Director Eckart Preu. “I think that is important for the audience and for us, too.

“We will be glad we started with a bang because we will follow it with an even bigger bang with two different Beethoven programs on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11,” Preu adds.

“Two seasons ago we had a Beethoven Bash that was very successful. I wanted to repeat that success but doing something a little different,” he explains.

“Philip Quint will play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on both concerts, but we have a different Beethoven symphony on each and open each concert with a different overture by Beethoven. It will be a double bash.”

Special ticket prices are available for those who want to hear both Beethoven concerts.

Roge and Quint head a list of noted classical soloists that includes guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, violinist Vadim Gluzman, cellist Gautier Capuçon, soprano Susan Lorette Dunn and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis.

The Symphony Chorale will join the orchestra in February for Mozart’s Requiem and Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw.”

“We are opening with Mozart’s ‘Ein kleine Nachmusik’ and ending with the Requiem,” Preu says.

“I wondered what to put with the Requiem, something connected but not too much the same. The ‘Survivor from Warsaw’ deals with death and grief, but in a different way.”

Preu will conduct most of the classics concerts, sharing the podium with Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara and guest conductor Larry Rachleff, who each will conduct one concert.

Nakahara will lead most of the SuperPops programs, which move to the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox from their previous home, the INB Performing Arts Center.

The pops season opens Oct. 3 with the Canadian Brass and will continue with such headliners as the bluegrass ensemble the Cherryholmes family; Ben Vereen in a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.; and the country and Western team of singer Wylie Gustafson and cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski.

In a pair of pops programs, the film classic “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented in a remastered version, featuring the original 1939 dialogue and songs with live orchestral accompaniment.

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will be the featured performer in the annual Holiday Pops concerts.

The holiday season will find Ballet Memphis making its Spokane debut, dancing the symphony’s annual “Nutcracker” performances – ending the orchestra’s longstanding relationship with Alberta Ballet.

Scheduling conflicts at the INB Performing Arts Center, where “The Nutracker” remains, precluded Alberta Ballet from appearing again this year.

In another dance program, the Martha Graham Dance Company will appear with the orchestra March 27 at The Fox in a non-subscription concert. Other special events may be announced later.

The orchestra again will venture across the street to the Knitting Factory Concert House for a pair of free-wheeling Symphony on the Edge concerts.

Smaller groups of orchestra members will present three programs of chamber music in the Chamber Soirée Series at the Davenport Hotel. Two soirée concerts will be repeated at the Jacklin Center for Arts and Culture in Post Falls.

The three Casual Classics programs will focus on music composed in and for three major cities: Venice, Paris and New York.

The new season also will include two Family Concerts geared to children and their parents, and four of the Classics concerts will have events for students as part of the Symphony’s Youth Exploration Series (Symphony YES).

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