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Party promises eclectic mix

Fri., Jan. 17, 2014

Symphony concert follows cocktails with musician Nicole Lewis

Nicole Lewis has played Elkfest and Art on the Green, Pig Out in the Park and the Harvest Festival at Green Bluff. She’s shared the stage frequently with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and performed with Ben Folds and Regis Philbin. She recorded her first record, “My Kind of Paradise,” in Nashville, Tenn., and released it a month ago.

Now, she and her band will be entertaining the crowd during cocktail hour Friday at Symphony With a Splash at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Symphony With a Splash is an occasional cocktail party hosted by the Fox and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Patrons can buy drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) and nibbles and imbibe while chatting and listening to music in the Fox lobby. At 7 p.m., people head to the auditorium to hear the symphony perform works that tend to be more experimental or audacious.

Well, mostly. There’s typically one work from the classical canon. Friday, for instance, resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara will lead the orchestra through Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 – a piece widely known simply as Prokofiev’s “Classical” symphony. Beyond this work by a Russian master, they’ll tackle Michael Torke’s “Adjustable Wrench” (get it?), which blends elements of rock, jazz and classical music, Scott Joplin’s “Ragtime Dance,” which was the basis of the rag used in the popular 1973 film “The Sting,” Dan Visconti’s tone poem “Black Bend,” and Phillip Glass’ Symphony No. 3.

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