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CdA Symphony season kicks off Labor Day

The Coeur d’Alene Symphony is readying five weekends of music in the coming season, in addition to the group’s traditional free Labor Day concert.

The season officially will kick off on Labor Day, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. in Coeur d’Alene’s City Park. This annual event, featuring classical, pops and patriotic tunes, is always a good excuse for a picnic.

Things move into high gear Oct. 10-11, when the symphony performs a program that includes Gioachino Rossini’s “Thieving Magpie Overture”; W.A. Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante, featuring Concertmaster Phillip Baldwin and Principal Violist Jay Prior; and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

The rest of the season includes:

Dec. 5-6: Christmas at the Kroc with P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 and other holiday favorites;

Jan. 23-24: Family Fun at the Symphony, with free admission for youth 18 and younger with a paid adult.

March 13-14: National Young Artists Competition Concert, featuring seven young artists from around the country, winners of the symphony’s competition in January.

May 1-2: The season wraps with Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and a guest soloist.

These concerts are all at the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center’s Worship and Performing Arts Theater, 1765 Golf Course Road. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1; prices are $27 adults, $21 seniors, and $16 students and youth, with season ticket packages available. Visit for more information.

Jackson plans to Pig Out

Actor Jonathan Jackson, who rose to fame as Lucky Spencer on “General Hospital” and now plays Avery Barkley on ABC’s “Nashville” is also a singer, a songwriter and a guitarist.

His band, Enation, which includes his brother Richard and Daniel Sweatt, will release a fourth album, “Everything Is Possible,” on Oct. 14. Before that, however, they’ll headline Saturday night of Pig Out in the Park, on Aug. 30.

The gig will be a bit of an in-state homecoming for the Jackson brothers, who were raised in Battle Ground, Washington, a suburb of Vancouver.

For the full Pig Out lineup, visit

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