Cheyenne Jackson is coming home.
The singer-actor, who was raised in Newport and who graced the stages of Spokane Civic Theatre and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre early in his career, will sing from the Great American Songbook with the Spokane Symphony on May 20 at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. It’ll mark his first Spokane-area performance in some time.
Jackson left Spokane for Seattle and eventually New York, where he made his Broadway debut as Elvis Presley in the jukebox musical “All Shook Up” in 2004. He was featured in the film “United 93,” about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and has appeared on “Glee” and “30 Rock.”
More relevant to his performance with the symphony, Jackson has twice sold out Carnegie Hall with his vocal concerts. The first, in 2010, was “The Power of Two,” with selections from the Great American Songbook performed with Michael Feinstein. He followed that up in 2011 with “Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era.”
Tickets for this special symphony concert, which will be conducted by resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the Fox box office (1001 W. Sprague Ave., (509) 624-1200), at www.spokanesymphony.org, or any TicketsWest outlet. Tickets will be $35 and $48.
The 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival is back for its fourth year.
Each year area filmmakers are challenged to create a three- to six-minute movie – from writing to final editing – based on criteria kept secret until the start of the 50 hours.
The competition kicks off April 4 with a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the KSPS studios, 3911 S. Regal St. Don’t be late – the doors are locked once the meeting starts. Filmmakers will learn this year’s secret ingredients, plus review the rules and fill out entry forms.
Finished films will be judged by a panel of seven, and the top 15 will be screened in May at the Bing Crosby Theater.
For more information, or to view some of last year’s top films, visit 50hourslam.com/.
Student wins national prize
Lewis & Clark High School Senior Gabriel Soileau has won a national music composition award.
Soileau took top honors – and a $2,000 prize – in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Composition Competition. His piece will be performed Monday during a recital at the MTNA National Conference in Chicago.
Soileau has been studying piano for eight years with Barbara Miller. He also plays the accordion and bass, and is the organizer of the Vagabonds Balkan Brass Band. Last year, a piece he wrote, Nocturne for Piano Quintet and Oboe, was a national finalist in the same contest. He accompanied the Spokane String Quartet on piano in October in a performance of the piece.
Big and brassy
This just in. The Spokane British Brass Band will hold its Spring Brass Bash concert at 3 p.m. today in the music auditorium of Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.