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Spotlight: First step toward Met Opera begins at the Fox

Sun., Oct. 10, 2010

How do you get to the Metropolitan Opera?

Practice, practice, practice.

But aspiring singers also have to make it through the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, one of which will take place at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.

Spokane will once again be hosting the Eastern Washington/Idaho/Montana District Auditions, and yes, the public is welcome to attend this free event (donations are welcome).

About 18 singers have signed up to compete. The winners will move on to the Northwest Regional Finals in Seattle in January.

The judges in the Spokane competition will be Vera Calabria, Brad Trexell and Armen Guzelimian.

Which leads us directly into our next item …

Armen on piano

The same Armen Guzelimian, an internationally known concert pianist, will be the guest artist at the Spokane String Quartet’s season-opening concert, Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

He’ll perform on Cyril Scott’s “Lotus Land,” a Haydn piano trio and a Dvorak piano quartet. The program also includes works by Alan Hohvaness and Artur Avanesov.

Guzelimian had performed all over the world with performers such as Kiri Te Kanawa and Thomas Hampson, and is especially well known for his work with Trio Nareg, which specializes in works by Armenian composers.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT,

Inland NW Chamber Collective

A new local group, the Inland Northwest Chamber Music Collective, will perform its first concert on Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., at the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Drive.

This ensemble is sponsored by the Holy Names Music Center. According to Bill Conable, it will be a mixed group of winds and strings performing “well-known pieces and forgotten gems.” Many of the members are teachers and professional players.

Their first concert will include Mozart’s Oboe Quartet. No tickets are required but a donation at the door of $15 or $10 is suggested.

Movies at the Bing

The Bing Crosby Theater’s popular Classic Movie Series starts up again on Tuesday with one of the most loved and most dissected movies of all time, Orson Welles’ 1941 “Citizen Kane.”

Here’s the full fall lineup:

• Tuesday, 7 p.m., “Citizen Kane.”

• Oct. 19, 7 p.m., “Adventures of Robin Hood,” the swashbuckling 1938 Errol Flynn version.

• Oct. 28, special Halloween triple-bill: “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” 6 p.m., followed by Boris Karloff in “The Body Snatcher” at 7:30 p.m. and the 1922 silent film “Nosferatu” at 9 p.m.

• Nov. 16, 7 p.m., “Singing in the Rain,” the Gene Kelly-Debbie Reynolds classic.

The Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater, which runs this program, is calling it “The Best Ever” series, since most of these movies are considered among the best of their kind.

It’s all free, but a $5 donation is requested. The theater is at 901 W. Sprague Ave. Doors open an hour before show time.

By the way, the Bing is also planning its annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival on Dec. 11.

Flicker Fest

Speaking of movies, the Flicker Spokane Film Festival is coming up on Saturday at the Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave.

This festival celebrates movies that are 15 minutes or shorter and includes narratives, documentaries, stop-motion, experimental and other genres. Some films are local; others are from Germany, France, Finland and Colombia.

Show times will be 2, 6 and 10 p.m., and tickets are $6 per show. The 2 and 6 p.m. shows will consist of different films; the 10 p.m. show will be a mix of films from the first two shows.

It’s well worth checking out.

Arturo Sandoval at Whitworth

A big name in jazz trumpeting, Arturo Sandoval, will be the headliner for Whitworth Jazz Ensemble’s concert, Nov. 6, 8 p.m., at the Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth University.

Dan Keberle, Whitworth’s director of jazz studies, said Sandoval “may be the best-known jazz artist” the school has ever hosted. He has won four Grammys.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT,

A big local ‘Deal’

James Henderson of Spokane will be a contestant on the newly revived game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on KREM-2.

The people at the show won’t tell us exactly what to expect, but they left us with a substantial hint: “James is going home with a great prize.”

Tune in to find out what it is.

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