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Spotlight: Arai, Cinnamon team for July 4 show at Cathedral

Sun., June 30, 2013

Two carilloneurs will team up Thursday for the annual Fourth of July concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Wesley Arai, the associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, will team with cathedral carilloneur Byrl Cinnamon to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Arai also will perform a selection of music keeping in the spirit of the holiday.

The free concert begins at 9 p.m. and people are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the Riverfront Park fireworks show afterward.

For information, call the cathedral at (509) 838-4277.

Speaking of fireworks

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra will once again be setting the mood in Riverfront Park on Thursday with a musical variety show leading up to the fireworks extravaganza.

Guest vocalists Nicole Lewis and Joan Brownell will join the SJO in a performance of songs by groups such as Chicago; Michael Bublé; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Earth, Wind and Fire; Stevie Wonder; Sly and the Family Stone; and Gloria Estefan.

The 17-piece big band, directed by Tom Molter, will be at the Lilac Bowl stage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The fireworks show will follow.

Auction for art

The annual art auction to benefit the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in November will have a slightly different format: It’ll be juried.

Unlike in past years, artists are being asked to submit applications online at, where entries will be approved by Chris Bruce, curator of WSU Museums. According to a letter sent to supporters, the auction committee’s goal is to make sure there is a wide variety of media represented. They’re also reducing the number of items selected for both the silent and oral auctions, in order to make sure the auction itself ends at a reasonable hour.

Funds raised through the Making Art Count auction – Nov. 9 at the Davenport Hotel – will support arts programming at the MAC.

Artists who need help logging in or otherwise using can email Patrick Thornton at or call Jodi Davis at the Spokane Art School, (509) 325-3001.

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