March 18, 2012 in Features

Spotlight: ‘Jersey Boys’ will hit Spokane this fall

By The Spokesman-Review
 

WestCoast Entertainment has announced that “Jersey Boys,” the lauded Broadway musical, will play a three-week engagement in Spokane this fall.

The play, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will take the stage at the INB Performing Arts Center Oct. 17 – Nov. 3. It has garnered several awards, including the 2006 Tony for best musical, and that year’s Grammy Award for best musical show album.

Current Best of Broadway season ticket holders will get first crack at tickets at 5:30 p.m. April 9 by renewing their season tickets at www.bestofbroadway.com or (800) 325-SEAT. Single tickets will go on sale in June.

Bach finale, with class

If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, there is still a chance to enjoy a concert from this year’s Northwest Bach Festival. The finale, planned for 3 p.m. today at St. John’s Cathedral, will feature cellist Zuill Bailey.

On Monday, music students and fans will have an opportunity to see Bailey in action as he teaches a free master class at Gonzaga University. Bailey, considered one of the world’s premier cellists, will hold the class from 3 to 5 p.m. in the GU Music Building, third floor, 217 E. Boone Ave. Bailey has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as well as other major venues. He also is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, and appeared on the HBO television series “Oz.”

Tickets for today’s Bach Festival finale are available through TicketsWest outlets.

A toast for education

The Spokane Symphony will honor educators during next weekend’s “Russian Drama” concerts.

On Saturday night, the Washington Music Educators Association will present regional Friend of Music and Outstanding Music Educator awards. Sunday afternoon, during the annual Education Classics program, the symphony will give the Outstanding Arts Advocate award to Catherine Comfort, principal at Westview Elementary School in Spokane. The Outstanding Music Teacher award will be presented to Jeff McMurtery, band and orchestra teacher at Spokane’s Shaw Middle School.

The symphony also has announced the winner of its second high school essay contest. William Henzler, a sophomore at Mead High School, won for his essay “If I were conductor of the Spokane Symphony.”

The music program will include Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” Suite 3, Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor. Curtain rises at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, with a preconcert talk an hour before, in the lobby of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Tickets are available at the Fox box office, through www.spokanesymphony.org or through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or (800) 325-SEAT.

Chamber season ends on the Palouse

The 25th season of the University of Idaho’s Auditorium Chamber Music Series concludes Tuesday with a performance by the Wind Soloists of New York and pianist Pedja Muzijevic.

The wind ensemble has performed with a number of esteemed groups, including the Boston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and at festivals such as Ravinia, Spoleto, Tanglewood and Marlboro.

Muzijevic has performed with the Dresden Philharmonic, among many ensembles, and is director of music programming at the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York.

Their UI program will include solo works and ensemble pieces for four, five or six instruments. Works by Francis Poulnex, Franz Liszt, Jean Francaix, Camille Saint Saens and Claude Debussy. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UI Auditorium. Tickets are $10-$20, available at the Prichard Gallery in downtown Moscow, online at www.class.uidaho.edu/concerts, or at the door. Program notes, musician biographies and other details are available at www.auditoriumchambermusic.org.


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