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Fair aimed to entertain

Expo ’74 visitors settled in for an evening of entertainment near the Washington State Pavilion.
Expo ’74 visitors settled in for an evening of entertainment near the Washington State Pavilion.

“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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