Wolski, Jess combine for ‘Baroque Duet’

Next weekend, the Spokane String Quartet will be welcoming a soprano, a harpsichordist and a trumpet player into the fold.

“Baroque Duet” is the theme of the concert, set for 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Soprano Dawn Wolski and trumpeter Larry Jess will team up for two arias by Alessandro Scarlatti, a prolific composer of cantatas in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

In the second half, Wolski will return to perform “Akhmatova Songs for Soprano and String Quartet” by the late Sir John Tavener. Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 44, No. 3 will round out the program.

The quartet includes Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violins; Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola; and Helen Byrne, cello. Greg Presley will provide harpsichord accompaniment during the concert.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for students, and are available at www.spokanestringquartet.org, www.ticketswest.com, (800) 325-SEAT or at the door. The Bing is at 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Big screen Spokane

A whole bunch of movies made in our region are getting at least limited theatrical releases this month.

“Different Drummer,” based on a real-life friendship between two Spokane boys, opened Friday at the AMC theater at River Park Square. “Knights of Badassdom,” the horror-comedy movie about live-action role players that was filmed extensively at Riverside State Park in 2010, will be screened on Jan. 21 and 22 at the AMC before opening for a run at the Magic Lantern on Jan. 24. Finally, “At Middleton,” starring Oscar nominees Andy Garcia (“The Godfather, Part III”) and Vera Farminga (“Up in the Air”), was filmed on the Washington State University and Gonzaga University campuses in 2012. It is scheduled to open at the Magic Lantern on Jan. 31.


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