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  • SJO caps year with Latin twist

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra closes its season Saturday night with a Latin flair. San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman joins the 17-piece big band for “Brazilian Fire,” a program of Brazilian …


  • Eclectic company

    Idina Menzel is the kind of singer whose credits include the New York Philharmonic, the Lilith Fair, the White House (in front of the Obamas) and the kinky off-Broadway musical …


  • Ghostland Observatory takes minimalist tack

    Common descriptions for Ghostland Observatory include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.” Less-common descriptions include:


  • Religion Notebook: Organ music to fill cathedral

    The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave., will present members of the local American Guild of Organists in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert will …


  • String quartet closes season Sunday

    The Spokane String quartet closes its season Sunday with an ambitious, powerful piece of modern music. Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” pays homage to those who suffered and died in Nazi …


  • Musicians take listeners on symphonic adventure

    Jan Sibelius and Gustav Mahler took a walk in 1907. The two famous composers of symphonies discussed what attracted them to the form. Sibelius favored its severity of style and …


  • Spotlight: Judds kick off Northern Quest’s summer series

    The summer concert lineup is rapidly taking shape, beginning with an impressive list of household names in the Northern Quest Resort and Casino’s new outdoor series. Here’s that lineup, announced …


  • Musicfest puts thousands of kids to the test

    Musicfest Northwest is sometimes called the best-kept musical secret in Spokane – but, let’s face it, the secret has been out for decades. Over the past 65 years, 50,000 young …


  • Symphony observes centennial of composer’s death in finales

    Gustav Mahler’s contemporaries acknowledged him as a masterful, passionately intense and busy conductor. Oh, yes, and in his spare time Mahler also wrote 10 symphonies and nearly 50 songs. He …


  • Spotlight: ‘Thunderballs’ rolling with casting call

    The Spike TV sitcom pilot “Thunderballs” will start filming in Spokane this week. Dude, the casting call speaks volumes about this show. For one thing, they are seeking someone to …


  • Yanni arrives full of surprises

    Most people know the basic outlines of the Yanni story: He’s the man who plays piano on PBS with the Acropolis as the background. He’s also the Greek-born (and American-educated) …


  • In addition to jazz, Brubeck Brothers will hit other notes as well

    Growing up the son of jazz giant Dave Brubeck meant hanging around with some big musical names: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein. That heady combination of jazz and …


  • Jazz virtuoso Benny Green plays Friday

    Jazz legend Benny Green made his name with the Ray Brown Trio, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Freddie Hubbard. Now you can see the virtuoso in person on Friday at …


  • Nonprofit gives instruments, lessons to low-income students

    Tasha Cummins never knew she wanted to play the bass until the instrument was put in her hands. “I didn’t even know what the strings were and could barely pick …


  • Review: Pianist makes ‘mercurial’ Schumann concerto personal

    Pianist Gabriela Montero made her two-year-delayed first appearance with the Spokane Symphony at The Fox on Saturday, and the fire and charm of her performance made the wait seem worthwhile. …


  • The development of DiFranco

    Whether you think you’ve outgrown Ani DiFranco, or never felt she was the right fit for you, it might be a good time to test that assessment. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter …


  • Two years later, Montero has arrived

    Gabriela Montero was scheduled to play with the Spokane Symphony in January 2009. But the pianist asked to be released from her contract to join Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and …


  • Review: Symphony entrances, poses identity query

    Putting the Spokane Symphony head-to-head with Sir Elton John in competing concerts Friday made the symphony seem a bit like “A Candle in the Wind.” Unlike Sir Elton over at …


  • Spokane-born folk singer Robbins dies

    LOS ANGELES – Gil Robbins, a folk singer, guitarist and member of the early 1960s group the Highwaymen, has died. He was 80. Robbins died Tuesday at his home in …


  • Less-flashy Elton John still rocks the hits

    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 …


  • Whatever your genre, there’s live music for you

    Leaving virtually no genre unturned, the coming week’s local live music highlights hit all over the musical map, covering West Coast hip-hop, Island-bred reggae-rock, East Coast Christian metalcore, Northwest junkyard …


  • Fifteen set to vie for ‘Got Talent Spokane?’ crown

    Fifteen performers will compete in the final round of “Got Talent Spokane?” on Saturday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Those who made the cut through recent auditions include 10 singers/musicians, …


  • Friday night’s all right for Elton

    The Inland Northwest has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Elton John. At least, John should be happy with it, from a box-office standpoint. His show tonight at the …


  • Spotlight: Martin, Lang, Moody Blues highlight bookings

    We have a solid list of new concert bookings to announce: • Steve Martin and his banjo act, July 22, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – This …


  • Sunday string quartet show features Chicago horn player

    Former Chicago Symphony horn player Gail Williams joins the Spokane String Quartet for a concert Sunday. In addition to Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat major, the program …


  • Preu takes his turn with ‘Carmina Burana’

    It’s tempting to think of Carl Orff as a one-trick pony. The German composer wrote “Carmina Burana,” the most often performed and most popular of works for orchestra, chorus and …


  • Preu, Spokane Symphony explore Mozart’s range of emotions

    Mozart rules! That was the Spokane Symphony’s message in a dramatic performance of an all-Mozart program Saturday night at The Fox. Conductor Eckart Preu opened the concert with the overture …


  • Coming to America

    The Parlotones is not just a worldly rock band, it’s an otherworldly rock band. Based out of Johannesburg, the group is the biggest-selling band in South Africa, outselling Coldplay, The …


  • Symphony celebrates legendary composer

    Symphony concerts are seldom devoted to a single composer, unless there is an anniversary. Of course, the three Bs – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – are regular exceptions. So is …


  • Review: Range of moods, playing brilliance are fitting end to Bach Festival

    The 33rd annual Northwest Bach Festival ended Saturday at St. John’s Cathedral with a stunning survey of 160 years of keyboard music. Pianist Randall Hodgkinson brought a brilliant technique and …


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