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Sun., May 4, 2014

“It has long been a tradition that the best performers on the international and national scenes appear at world fairs. Expo ’74 is no exception,” The Spokesman-Review reported in a special edition on May 5, 1974.

It wasn’t an exaggeration – Expo drew top talent in pop, rock, country, jazz and classical music, plus comedians, performing troupes, dancers and athletes.

The performances took place at the brand-new Opera House, now the INB Performing Arts Center, and the old Spokane Coliseum, as well as throughout the Expo grounds.

Here are the highlights of the entertainment schedule; not listed are various national dance, opera, music and theatrical companies:


1: Grand opening featuring the Spokane Symphony, ballet dancer Edward Villella and opera singer Roberta Peters

3: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta conducting

6: Pointer Sisters

8: Marcel Marceau

10: Roger Williams

15: Tom T. Hall

17: Gordon Lightfoot

26: Bob Hope

28: Isaac Stern

30: Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus


6: Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy conducting

6: Lawrence Welk

7: Bill Cosby

8: Joffrey City Centre Ballet

11: Seals & Crofts

19: Patrice Munsel

20: Grand Funk Railroad

24: Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Sir Michael Redgrave and Dame Peggy Ashcroft

27: Modern Jazz Quartet

29: Harry Belafonte


1: Champion gymnasts of the Soviet Union, including Olga Korbut

3: Liberace

8: Seattle Opera Association

11: Victor Borge

13: Glenn Yarbrough

14: The Carpenters

16: Chicago

18: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

26: Jack Benny


5: Bachman-Turner Overdrive

10: Walt Wagner

11: Charlie Pride

19: Christopher Parkening

19: Jim Nabors

20: Buck Owens

26: John Denver

26: Margot Fonteyn and the London Ballet


1: Merle Haggard

4: Itzhak Perlman

10: Kreskin

24: Helen Reddy

27: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton


3: Warren Miller ski lecture and movie

11: Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians

20: Don Juan in Hell starring Myrna Loy

25: Van Cliburn


2: Ella Fitzgerald

–Compiled by Addy Hatch

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