July 22, 2012 in Features

String Quartet unveils 2012-’13 lineup

By The Spokesman-Review

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The Spokane String Quartet has announced its 2012-’13 season, with works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvorak and Franz Schubert among the pieces to be performed.

The season opens Oct. 7 at the Bing Crosby Theater with special guests Meredith Arksey, violin, and Andrea Chandler, cello, joining the quartet for a concert featuring Haydn, Brahms and Dan Visconti. Arksey and Chandler are the daughters of the late Leon Arksey, a longtime member of the Spokane Chamber Music Association Board.

On Nov. 7, the quartet will perform works by W.A. Mozart, Karol Szymanowski and Dvorak in a concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The Feb. 17 concert, also at the Fox, will include Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet in addition to pieces by Shostakovich and George Crumb.

On March 24, the quartet is back at the Bing for an all-Beethoven night. The season finale, on May 5 at the Fox, will feature guest accordionist Patricia Bartell in a concert called “Music in Motion.” It will features works by Haydn, Robert Schumann, Gabriela Lena Frank and Devorak, as well as “My Inner Disco,” a work for accordion and quartet by Daniel Nelson.

The quartet includes Mateusz Wolski, first violin, Amanda Howard-Phillips, second violin, Helen Byrne, cello, and Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola.

Season tickets are on sale now through www.spokanestringquartet.com – $72 for adults, $60 for seniors and $40 for students. Single-concert tickets go on sale in September.

New face at Civic

Matthew Egan has joined Spokane Civic Theatre as the new assistant technical director.

The previous assistant technical director, David Baker, has assumed the technical director position left vacant by the recent retirement of Peter Hardie.

Egan comes to Spokane from Los Angeles, where for 18 years he worked in the film industry as an art director and prop maker. He graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with a BFA in production and design, and earned a master’s degree in production design for theater and film from the University of Southern California. He has worked with the International City Theatre in Long Beach, Calif., Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles and the San Pedro Playhouse in San Antonio. He spent the last year teaching in Louisiana, at both Northwestern State University and Louisiana School of Math, Science and the Arts.

Symphony notes and bargains

It’s a pretty good deal.

The Spokane Symphony is offering new subscribers a chance to buy season tickets to the Symphony Classics season for half off. That means you can get a ticket to see 10 symphony concerts for $77.50 to $160. This offer is good for people who have never subscribed or who have not subscribed for the past three years.

Call the box office at (509) 624-1200.

Meanwhile, this week marks the first of three Soiree on the Edge concerts at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Wednesday’s concert will feature music director Eckart Preu leading the symphony through music by Chen Yi, Arvo Part, Zhou Tian, George Frideric Handel and Franz Schubert.

Tickets are $20 or $30 and are available the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox box office – 1001 W. Sprague Ave. – or online at spokanesymphony.org.

Winston for sale

George Winston, who had to cancel two Inland Northwest concerts in 2011 because of health issues, is coming back to the region in September.

On Sept. 11, he’ll be at the Bing Crosby Theater. Two days later, he’s at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. Tickets for both shows have been on sale through TicketsWest. Now, you can buy tickets to the Sandpoint show at several area businesses, beginning Monday.

The tickets, at $25 each, will be on sale at Pedro’s and Eichardt’s Pub in Sandpoint, and at the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene. The Panida performance is a benefit for the Bonner Community Food Service and concertgoers are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food donation if they can.

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