January 17, 2014 in Features, Seven

Party promises eclectic mix

Symphony concert follows cocktails with musician Nicole Lewis
By The Spokesman-Review

If you go


With a Splash

What: Cocktail party featuring Nicole Lewis and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Morihiko Nakahara

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

Cost: $25, available through the Fox box office, (509) 624-1200, online at www.spokanesymphony.org or any TicketsWest outlet

Info: www.spokanesymphony.org, nicolelewismusic.com

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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