May 13, 2012 in Features

Spotlight: Whitworth grads top Mozart at Manito

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Mozart on a Summer’s Eve concerts return to Manito Park, just east of Duncan Gardens, this summer.
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Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on a Summer’s Eve performance in Manito Park is shaping up to be a must-see.

The concerts, at 7 p.m. July 17 and 18, will feature three professional sopranos who graduated from Whitworth University: Heather Steckler Parker, Colleen Bryant Palmer and Heather Peterson.

And good news for those kicking themselves for missing renowned cellist Zuill Bailey’s sold-out performance at the Northwest Bach Festival in March: He’s coming back for Mozart on a Summer’s Eve.

The concerts, on the lawn just east of Manito’s Duncan Gardens, also will feature the Connoisseur Concerts Wind Ensemble, directed by Verne Windham.

Tickets are $25 per person for table seating, which includes dessert and coffee from Luna. Lawn seating, with no food or beverage service, is $10 a person. Bring your own blanket or chair and enjoy the music. Tickets are available through any TicketsWest outlet, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

New Horizons at the Bing

The New Horizons music groups, a program of the Holy Names Music Center, will perform a concert at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Three groups – an orchestra, bluegrass ensemble and a chorus – will be featured. The New Horizons program is designed for adult beginners and those who played in school and are coming back to music.

The orchestra is directed by Jerry Thomas, the bluegrass band by Harold Streeter and the choir by Paul Brueggemeier.

The concert is free and open to the public. For information on the concert or on the New Horizons program, visit hnmc.org.

Summer Theatre seeks help

Want to be a part of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre without going near the stage? Be a volunteer.

People are needed to help with concessions, at the door and at the silent auction table. Informational meetings will be at 11 a.m. June 2 or 5:30 p.m. June 8 in Boswell Hall at North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. For information, call Laura Beyer at (208) 769-7780 or email volunteers@cstidaho.com. Information is available online at www.cdasummertheatre.com/volunteer.

The theater kicks off its 45th anniversary season with “Hello, Dolly!,” starring Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon, June 14-23, followed by “Ring of Fire” July 5-15, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” July 26-Aug. 5 and “Ragtime” Aug. 16-26.

Focusing on Folk Festival

The Spokane Folklore Society’s Fall Folk Festival isn’t until Nov. 10-11, but applications are being accepted now.

Applications, available at www.spokanefolkfestival.org, are due July 1. The free event features about 100 performing groups representing bluegrass, Asian, Middle Eastern, Celtic, blues and African traditions, among others.

Volunteers also are needed. If you want to help, or if you have questions, email fallfolkfestival@moxxee.com or call (509) 828-3683.

New venue at CdA resort

A new concert venue is about to open in Coeur d’Alene.

The Garden Amphitheater at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course will open May 25 with the opening concert of the Coeur d’Alene Songwriters Festival. The venue hosted weddings and private functions last summer.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature big-name songwriters such as Hugh Prestwood, Even Stevens, Leslie Satcher and Mike Loudermilk singing the songs others made famous. Tickets to this show and to a Mish-An-Nock songwriters cruise May 26 are $20 apiece and are available through the resort business office, (208) 765-4000, ext. 21, or www.cdaresort.com. For details on the festival, visit www.cdaresort.com/activities/ songwriters_festival.


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