First Night isn’t the only way to celebrate the arts in Spokane on New Year’s Eve:
• For a second year, the Spokane Symphony will follow German tradition by performing Beethoven’s inspirational Ninth Symphony with the Symphony Chorale.
The orchestra’s German-born music director, Eckart Preu, recalls hearing it as a young soldier in East Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Featured soloists include Christina Major, soprano; Patty Blankenship-Mortier, mezzo-soprano; J. Raymond Meyers, tenor; and Charles Robert Austin, baritone.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.
Tickets are $20 and $25 for adults, $14 for children 12 and under, through the symphony ticket office (509-624-1200) and TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).
A special package with concert admission and a First Night button is available for $28 and $33 for adults, $22 for children ages 11-12 (kids 10 and under get into First Night for free).
• Theatre Ballet of Spokane will again present its traditional Ballet & Bubbly at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.
The student company will perform a new work by Charles Askegard of New York City Ballet, set to music by Rossini.
The program also includes a piece by guest choreographer Deidre Kellogg based on the Houlton techique, which combines ballet with modern dance; a water-themed collaboration between Theatre Ballet’s artistic director, Dodie Askegard, and visual artists Lisa Nappa and Roger Ralston; and a new work by resident choreographer Sara Donally.
The evening begins with a chocolate and champagne reception at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7. Tickets are $17 in advance, through TicketsWest, and $20 at the door.
Theatre Ballet also will present a shortened version of the program, sans reception, at 9 p.m. as part of First Night.