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Clarinetist Swings, Soars With Copland, Rossini

Spokane Symphony, with guest clarinetist Sharon Kam, Friday night at the Opera House. The mime Marcel Marceau used to do a turn in which he imitated a clarinetist. He held …

Christian Rock Needs To Find Its Own Way

Petra pleased the near-capacity crowd at the Opera House

Pure Music The Symphony And Broadway Melodies Creates An Enjoyable Evening Of Exceptional Tunes

“Bravo Broadway!,” Spokane Symphony SuperPops Saturday, April 13, Spokane Opera House Nothing against a fully staged Broadway musical, but maybe this is the way to hear these songs. “Bravo Broadway!,” …

Arena Crowd Went Strait To Heaven

Darlene Kagele, 69, took one look at the George Strait fans gathered at the Spokane Arena last night and sized up the situation for her husband, Louis, who’s 72. “My …

Brilliance Of Schumann Rendered Through De Larrocha’s Fingers

Spokane Symphony Friday, March 30, Opera House Does the combination of the highly romantic music of Robert Schumann and the presence of a Spanish pianist suggest something a bit on …

Musician John Prine Exudes New Confidence

John Prine Wednesday, March 20, Masonic Temple Let’s hoist one to the idea of hanging in there. This is the story of John Prine, who years ago left the major-label …

Allegro’s Music Transports Listeners To Helena Of Yore

Allegro Tuesday, March 19, at The Met For the final concert of Allegro’s 1995-96 season, artistic directors David Dutton and Beverly Biggs took their audience to Helena to hear a …

Singer Charlotte Carruthers Excels In Her Big-Band Debut

Spokane Jazz Orchestra Saturday, March 16, at The Met Until Saturday night, Charlotte Carruthers had never sung in front of a big band. “I want you to know I’m fulfilling …

Power Music Spokane String Quartet, Guests Convey Strength Of ‘Ode To Napoleon’

The Spokane String Quartet Sunday, March 17, at The Met The music of Arnold Schoenberg still has the power to shock audiences. The Spokane String Quartet and its guests, reciter …

Performances Highlight Choral Directors Meeting

Critic-at-large Nobody knows exactly how many choirs there are in the Northwest. But it seemed that most of them were in Spokane last week. Some 1,500 singers and more than …

Home On The Stage Western Singer Michael Martin Murphey Makes Beautiful Cowboy Music With The Symphony

Michael Martin Murphey

Symphony Gives Inspired Performance Of Haydn’s Masterpiece ‘The Creation’

The Spokane Symphony and Symphony Chorale, Friday, March 1, at the Opera House Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, “The Creation,” ranks high in the esteem of just about everybody who cares about …

Zephyr Explores Past Standard Fare

Zephyr Sunday, Feb. 25, St. John’s Cathedral Unsuspecting concertgoers might think that a program called “A Spiritual Odyssey” would take them to the music of Palestrina or Bach. Instead, the …

Old Rocker Jackson Browne Still Has Touch For New Music


Hampton Jazz Festival Opens On A Powerful Note

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Pepsi International World Jazz Concert Wednesday, Feb. 21, University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome, Moscow This is the most important message I bring you from Wednesday night’s …

Shoveljerk Digs Down To Deliver Deep Concert Energy

Shoveljerk Friday, Feb. 16, The Met Never mind that Shoveljerk’s song “Unwind” is all over the radio and the band’s debut album “Swarm” is selling out across the region. And …

Symphony Enlivens ‘Romeo And Juliet’

(From For the Record, Wednesday, February 21, 1996:) Barbara Cantlon performed oboe duets with Keith Thomas during Friday’s Spokane Symphony Orchestra concert. The wrong musician was cited in a concert …

Montgomery’s Show Was Worth The Wait


‘Roomful Of Blues’ Pleases Roomful Of Dancing Music Fans

Roomful of Blues Thursday, Feb. 8, at Bolo’s It truly was a Roomful of Blues Thursday night at Bolo’s in the Valley as the Rhode Island jump blues outfit rocked …

Thompson Changes Symphony’s Tune Opera House Treated To Ragtime, Jazz And Blues

Butch Thompson shared his devotion to ragtime, jazz and blues Saturday night.

Guitarist Mesmerizes Leo Kottke Captures Audience With Highly Syncopated, Beautifully Structured Instrumental Pieces

Leo Kottke played The Met Friday night.

Schuller Able To Bring Out Best In Bach Conductor And Soloists Make Concertos Dance And Sing

Northwest Bach Festival Friday, Jan. 12, at First Presbyterian Church A standing-room-only audience at First Presbyterian Church Friday, heard performances of J.S. Bach’s vocal and instrumental music conducted by Gunther …

Listeners Whisked Away In Musical Snapshots

Soloist Aida Ribiero Mechetti, above, joined Linda Siverts in playing Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

Festival Plays From Family Of Bach Music

Versatile musician Stefan Kozinski opened the 18th annual Northwest Bach Festival on Friday. File photo

Pops Play To Spiritual Side Of Holiday Mood

Spokane Symphony Holiday Pops Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Spokane Opera House “Serious” and “somber” are not words which can totally capture the mood of a concert in which Santa …

Zephyr Meets Unusual Sound Challenges

Zephyr Thursday, Dec. 7, at The Met Zephyr did it again. Thursday’s “East Meets West” concert at The Met furnished fine performances of unusual music that Spokane audiences have come …

Wild Brilliance Reba Mcentire Gave The Arena Crowd An All-Out Performance With Plenty Of Style And Substance

Reba arrived onstage in a taxi, changed costumes 13 times and surrounded herself with videos and fireworks. Ken Settle photo

Details Overwhelm Music Event

Critic-at-large Panacea at the Dock, a three-day rock concert at the old Spokane Marketplace on east Riverside, was supposed to “heal what ails you,” according to the show’s boisterous master …

Jazz Balladeer Retuners Warmth Of Friends Raises Lanphere’s Music Even Higher

Don Lanphere Saturday, Nov. 18, Hobart’s Jazz Alley

Hampson Shows Why He Is The Best There Is

Hampson’s performance Friday night was entirely remarkable.