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Spokane Symphony finds ample romance in weekend program

Throughout the Brahms symphony, the orchestra surpassed itself in beauty and richness of tone, suppleness of phrasing and sheer stamina. As long as it continues to perform like that, we …


Review: Black Violin’s mash up of classical and hip-hop entertaining for all ages

“The point of our show is breaking stereotypes and thinking outside of the box,” Black Violin’s Kev Marcus said. “We wanted to be professional violinists but wanted to wear fitted …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Audience can’t hold back applause for symphony and soloist Beilman

The first thing one learns in attending concerts of classical music is never to applaud between movements. Doing so, we are told, shows disrespect for the composer’s intentions and the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Eric Church pulls out the stops, putting voice, guitar and showmanship on stage at Spokane Arena.

Church, winner of five ACM and three CMA awards, played his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” without any supporting acts to a nearly packed Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Concert review: Elton John keeps the hits coming

Elton John played Sunday night to a packed Spokane Arena on his “Wonderful Crazy Night” tour.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Bach Festival: ‘Tales of Hemingway’ showcases Bailey, Daugherty at their finest

At Barrister Winery on Thursday, Zuill Bailey, distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, performed in an event that was as much a celebration as a recital. …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

Spokane Symphony electrifies crowd with Ravel

No concerts of the current season of the Spokane Symphony have displayed the power of the orchestra so brilliantly as those that took place this weekend in the Martin Woldson …


Bach Festival: ‘Three Dancers’ a riveting new work

While Piers Lane and Zuill Bailey collaborated beautifully on works by Chopin and Beethoven, the real star on Friday night was the Northwest Back Festival unveiling of “The Three Dancers.”


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

Concert review: Blake Shelton’s voice shines brightest at Arena show

Blake Shelton’s charisma and carefree smile lit up the stage from the first notes he sang. His vocals during the live performance surpassed the recording, and there was a careful …


A pianistic odyssey opens the Northwest Bach Festival’s Classics series

Piers Lane, the Australian pianist, treated the crowd at Barrister Winery to some lovely playing a strong second half.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

Spokane Symphony explores what it is to be American

Coming on the heels of the presidential inauguration, the Spokane Symphony’s program Saturday allowed us to contemplate what it means to be American by seeing how the question was answered …


Symphony review: In return engagement, Pavel Baleff partners with pianist Fei-Fei Dong

​​Conductor Pavel Baleff first appeared with the Spokane Symphony three years ago in a program of Brahms and Schumann so beautifully presented that audiences were left awaiting his return eagerly. …


Review: Ringo Starr brings his pals to Spokane for a lively, music-filled night

Ex-Beatle and His All Starr Band burn through 25 tracks in a fun two-hour show.


Review: Soloist, Spokane Symphony transform familiar music

The audience at Friday’s concert by the Spokane Symphony were not merely passive onlookers. They witnessed, and one hopes participated in, the power of music to transform any subject it …


Review: Dolly Parton proves style and substance shine brighter than glitter

From the blond wigs and the fake nails, to the painted-on face and more rhinestones than should be legal, Parton could easily be a caricature. Because what’s real about Dolly …


Spokane Symphony, soloist sparkle in season opener

Saturday’s concert by the Spokane Symphony – the first of its 71st season – was demanding and auspicious.


Macklemore, Ryan Lewis kick off Camping Trip with fun, high-energy show in Spokane

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis wanted to eliminate the lights and the screens and instead get “face to face” with the fans. It’s a decision that paid off as they launched …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 11:55 p.m.

Concert review: Neil Young praises Spokane leaders for suing Monsanto

Seven songs into his Friday night set at the Spokane Arena, Neil Young abruptly stopped a rendition of the “Harvest” album opener “Out on the Weekend” because he realized he …


Preu takes listeners on journey through mystery, delight and sorrow

Eckart Preu, music director of the Spokane Symphony, chose to open the third in this season’s Classics Series at The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox with “King Tide” (1999), …


Elton John show a joyous event

Elton John gave a sold-out crowd of 10,000-plus at the Spokane Arena exactly what it craved Friday night: An unbroken string of hit after hit after hit, performed with professional …


Puff Daddy A Spectacle Of Contradictions

Puff Daddy and the Family Sunday, Dec. 21, the Arena It was a study in contradictions set to a deep thumping beat. In the span of three-plus hours, the crowd …


Brass Band Offers A Joyful Tradition Charming Concert Even Includes Yo-Yo Performance

Spokane Falls Brass Band Friday, Dec. 19, The Met Every city needs some tradition associated with Christmas. Some are quite grandiose - building an ice palace on a lake or …


Symphony, Chorale Deliver A Big Dose Of Holiday Cheer Concert Also Includes Beautiful Christmas Religious Music

Spokane Symphony and Chorale’s Holiday Pops Saturday, Dec. 13, Opera House Dressed in their holiday best, throngs of Spokane Symphony fans turned out Saturday night to be escorted musically into …


Looking At Mick Is Like Looking Into The Future

Mick Jagger roars with “Satisfaction.” Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Brecker Plays Trumpet With Masterful Ease

Randy Brecker and the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble Saturday, Nov. 22, Whitworth College Cowles Auditorium Saturday night’s appearance at Whitworth College was enough to remind a comfortable crowd at Cowles Auditorium …


Pantera/Anthrax Show Gives Fans A Heavy Dose Of Metal

Pantera/Anthrax Friday, Nov. 21, Convention Center Friday’s sold-out metal-fest at the Convention Center is an indication that, even though metal is widely ignored and disrespected, it is alive and well …


Cray’s Greatness Builds On Simple Style

Robert Cray Friday, Nov. 21, Masonic Temple Forget for a moment the clean, soul-piercing voice that has given Robert Cray his rightful place among the ranks of history’s greatest bluesmen. …


Reba, B & D Concert Begins, Ends With A Bang

Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Arena Country superstars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn put on a fantastic visual and musical feast Thursday night …


Allegro Sparkles Despite Setback

Allegro Tuesday, Nov. 11, The Met Allegro gave Tuesday evening to the sweet, melodic music by Gaetano Donizetti and a couple of his buddies from the beginning of the 19th …


Guest Composer Arranges Delightful Evening Of Song

Spokane Symphony SuperPops with Marvin Hamlisch Saturday, Nov. 8, Spokane Opera House Marvin Hamlisch wrote two songs before our eyes - or is that before our ears? - at his …