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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 …


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 …


Spotlight: Menzel will perform at The Fox in May

Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee,” “Rent” and “Wicked” fans – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on May …


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 …


The fiddler at The Fox

Cape Breton Island is not actually a Celtic isle. It’s part of Nova Scotia, but it’s closer to Scotland than almost anywhere else in Canada, both metaphorically and literally.


Spokane Symphony’s upcoming season features Titanic tribute

The Spokane Symphony’s 2011-’12 season will offer a healthy variety of symphonic standards and new works, a touch of jazz and country-western, a new “Nutcracker” dance partner and location, and …


Review: Spokane Symphony rises to guest conductor’s challenge

Guest conductor Daniel Hege led the Spokane Symphony in a program that let the players’ range of colors and flow of energy illuminate every piece. Both the orchestra and the …


Unlikely path brings Hege to The Fox

Daniel Hege failed to follow the traditional route to a conducting career. Despite some back roads, and some fortunate twists, the path has led him to the music directorships of …


Review: Piano mastery makes Chopin concerto transcendent

Pianists with dazzling technique grow thick on the ground. But pianists who combine technical glitter with an ability to make the instrument sing with the tonal colors of a great …


Symphony celebrates ‘Spring’ a little early

The Spokane Symphony has a triple celebration in store for its audiences this weekend. The concerts at The Fox on Saturday and Sunday will be early observances of Valentine’s Day. …


Chip Phillips finds awesome beauty off the beaten trail

Looking at Chip Phillips’ photographs is almost like being there, experiencing his passion for the world in which we live. He captures places during peaks of dangerous weather or so …


Photographer vs. wild

Looking at Chip Phillips’ photographs is almost like being there, experiencing his passion for the world in which we live. He captures places during peaks of dangerous weather or so …


Symphony review: A brilliant encore to gentle beauty

Encores often are like candy thrown from a parade float: fun to catch but neither nourishing nor memorable. Violinist Augustin Hadelich provided a brilliant and memorable exception to that statement …


Hadelich to perform Dvorák’s Concerto

Concertos are sometimes like brides abandoned at the church door by their intended soloists. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was one such work, as was his Violin Concerto. Antonin Dvorák’s …


Young soloists top remainder of season

The second half of Spokane’s classical music season offers a group of impressive young soloists, two anniversary celebrations, Spokane’s annual Bach Festival, and chamber music both rare and familiar. The …


Ring in 2011 with symphony, ballet

First Night isn’t the only way to celebrate the arts in Spokane on New Year’s Eve: • For a second year, the Spokane Symphony will follow German tradition by performing …


Spotlight: First Night picks up new events, venues

For the 10th year in a row, First Night Spokane will fill downtown streets on New Year’s Eve. Most people already know what to expect from this well-established institution:


Dancers, Spokane Symphony to bring to life ‘The Nutcracker’

Ballet is kicking high these days. Jennifer Homan’s highly regarded history, “Apollo’s Angels,” has just been published, and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” – a kind of ballet horror movie – …


Spokane Symphony’s Labor Day concert to return

The Spokane Symphony’s Comstock Park Concert on Labor Day will be revived in September, thanks to a three-year sponsorship from Sterling Savings Bank.


Annual Holiday Pops concerts feature Santa, singalong

It’s one of Spokane’s traditions – and, like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, it features a cast of thousands. It’s the Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops concerts, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at …


Nonprofit donations difficult to predict

When it comes to asking people for money to support their social, cultural and educational missions, nonprofit organizations face mixed signals. On the one hand, a ranking of the nation’s …


Symphony review: A fitting celebration of the Fox’s rebirth

The Spokane Symphony celebrated the third anniversary of the opening of the refurbished Fox theater on Saturday with a concert that combined high energy and intimate beauty. The performance in …


Phillips steps up front for weekend concerts

Clarinetist Chip Phillips has taken a long road from his hometown of Redmond, Wash., near Seattle, to the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, where he will …


Spokane Symphony offers tribute to Big Bands of ’40s

The Spokane Symphony will be converted into the biggest of Big Bands on Saturday with its SuperPops concert, “Big Band Salute to the 1940s.” And leading the Allied charge will …


Symphony review: Rich, rare, with dose of intrigue

The Spokane Symphony’s Casual Classics concert Friday started life as a quirky marketing ploy. The program was advertised as “CSI Spokane: Unusual Composer Deaths.” But the evening blossomed into some …


Volunteers guide grade school students

An excited buzz whispered through Patricia Bassett’s classroom at Linwood Elementary on a recent morning. It was a big day for the fifth grade beginning strings class. For the first …


Spotlight: Paul Taylor dancers, Kodo drummers coming up

Two out-of-the-ordinary cultural attractions are on the way to the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – one coming up soon, the other in midwinter: • Paul Taylor 2 , …


‘Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’ a natural concert

Are the audiences for “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” made up of cartoon fans? Or orchestral music fans? What? You mean there’s a difference?