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Spotlight: Serious attention for filmed-in-Spokane ‘Knights’

The Joe Lynch movie “Knights of Badassdom,” filmed in Spokane last summer, is getting some priceless national publicity. Entertainment Weekly gave this indie comedy/fantasy a full-page treatment in the “First …


Spotlight: Library offers free music downloads

On Monday, the Spokane Public Library will offer a legal way for you to download music for free. It’s called Freegal, and the library will be offering the entire Sony …


Symphony ‘Soiree’ Saturday at Arbor Crest

The Spokane Symphony is back in the mash-up business. For a second year, the symphony is presenting a program called “Soiree on the Edge” on Saturday at Arbor Crest Wine …


Spotlight: At first glance, ‘da Vinci’ impresses

I just walked through “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius” while installers and curators readied it for a Friday opening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. …


Spotlight: Carlile, Franti top Sandpoint lineup

The Festival at Sandpoint concerts were announced Thursday, and you might call it the back-by-popular-demand lineup. Three of the headliners have been big draws in previous Sandpoint summers at the …


Spotlight: ‘River Sorrow’ set to hit Cannes

Spokane will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Monday. That’s the day that “The River Sorrow,” filmed in Spokane by North by Northwest, will …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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: