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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?


Symphony soloists heighten powerful evening

The Spokane Symphony provided its large audience Saturday at The Fox with a long, intense evening of music-making, with gripping performances of powerful works by Johannes Brahms and Bohuslav Martinu …


Concert for pianist features ‘greatest piano concerto ever’

Vladimir Feltsman is a musician with three careers – he ranks as one of the world’s great pianists, and he is a well-regarded conductor as well as a distinguished teacher. …


Symphony review: Sublime, sinister and simply stunning

The Spokane Symphony’s audiences Saturday and Sunday were given stunning performances of two Russian masterpieces – Sergei Prokofiev’s seldom performed Symphony No. 3 and Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from the ballet …


Symphony concerts will focus on Russian works

Once upon a time – about hundred years ago – Paris seemed the center of the artistic universe. Artists’ reputations were made there. Painters and poets, musicians and dancers achieved …


Symphony, violinist shine in season opener

The Spokane Symphony brought brilliance and intensity to its season-opening concert Saturday night at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Flashy works are standard fare for opening night programs, …


Noted violinist set to perform with Spokane Symphony

Philippe Quint was scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as a part of the Spokane Symphony’s Beethoven Bash last season. But a budget-induced reshuffling caused a year’s delay in his …


Classical music season looks promising despite financial woes

The Spokane Symphony informally launched the local classical music season with a Labor Day weekend performance at Liberty Lake – but not its traditional concert at Comstock Park, canceled for …


Symphony’s absence noted at annual Comstock Park fete

Where beach chairs and blankets last Labor Day covered the grass at Comstock Park, the Cataldo Catholic School football team practiced on-side kicks. Instead of the Spokane Symphony and Rossini, …


Symphony cancels Labor Day concert

The Spokane Symphony announced Thursday that it is canceling its annual Labor Day concert at Comstock Park this year as part of a series of budget cuts prompted by a …


Spokane Symphony cuts annual Labor Day concert

The Spokane Symphony announced this morning that it is canceling its annual Labor Day concert at Comstock Park this year as part of a series of budget cuts prompted by …


Symphony serves up Soiree

Here’s how you mix up the recipe for Soiree on the Edge, Saturday’s outdoor concert on the hilltop at Arbor Crest Winery. • Take one part Chamber Soiree, in which …


Celebrate start of summer at Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest

It’s hard to know where to begin. With the Beethoven?


Musical journey to Paris

Loving Paris in the springtime is easy, but getting to Paris is another matter. The Spokane Symphony offers its solution: Make the trip by way of music.


5 Browns to team up with Spokane Symphony

When the 5 Browns last played Spokane two years ago, they filled The Fox with the sound of five Steinways at once. The sound was nearly orchestral.


Natalie Cole arrives for Spokane Symphony show with stories, unmistakable voice

When Natalie Cole was a child, she absorbed the Great American Songbook through her pores. “People like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and some of the writers, like Sammy Cahn, …


Spokane Symphony celebrates Margie May

The Spokane Symphony celebrates May Day on Saturday with one of the closing concerts of this season’s classics series. Wait. Make that Margie May Day.


Cowboy acts, Spokane Symphony team up

Wylie Gustafson & the Wild West is one of the nation’s top cowboy music acts, as seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Paul Zarzyski is one of the top …


Spokane Symphony guests a delight

Neither conductor Larry Rachleff nor soprano Susan Lorette Dunn are exactly household names in the world of classical music. On the evidence of the Spokane Symphony concert at The Fox …