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Cellist Gautier Capuçon arrives for symphony performances

Gautier Capuçon grew up in Chambéry near the Swiss and Italian borders of eastern France. He began cello lessons at age 5 and piano lessons at 7. Owing to the …


Arts no less important in hard times

Ben Vereen, the Tony-winning singer, actor and dancer, was on the phone, telling me about his upcoming concert with the Spokane Symphony, when he said he wanted to thank the …


From Russia with Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa showed musical talent early, but she wanted to be a professional chess player. Music won out. Lisitsa will join the Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu this weekend …


Symphony

Dorothy and her friends (and adversaries) from “The Wizard of Oz” will be back in The Fox this weekend, this time accompanied by the Spokane Symphony. The first Spokane showing …


A lovely bouquet of Mozart

The Spokane Symphony and Symphony Chorale celebrate Valentine’s weekend with an all-Mozart program Saturday and Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Vocal soloists soprano Ester Heideman, mezzo-soprano …


String master

His parents tried to warn him away from such a path, but like many headstrong children, he took it anyway: Vadim Gluzman became a violinist. Gluzman will appear as soloist …


Symphony’s next stop: Prague

Traveling by music holds few of the drawbacks of, say, air travel. There’s no luggage, no lines, no pat-downs or full body scans, no delays. And there are special bargains …


Symphony will celebrate year with the Ninth

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is not the longest in the standard orchestra repertoire, and it may not be the most difficult to perform. But the Ninth is the big symphony everybody …


County attorney says Fox funding was legal

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the …


Irish tenor headlines Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops

In the Spokane Symphony’s traditional Holiday Pops concerts, some things never change: • The orchestra will play “Sleigh Ride.”


County shifts funds for Fox contribution

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the …


Review: Harpist highlights drama, intensity

Morihiko Nakahara, the Spokane Symphony’s resident conductor, is most often seen conducting the orchestra’s SuperPops concerts. But this weekend’s Classics concerts at The Fox showed him fully as adept in …


For Nakahara, it’s best of both worlds

Conductors on the rise have their lists of works they would like to conduct and soloists they’d like to work with. Getting those works and the soloists on concert programs …


Students get close encounter with the Spokane Symphony

Fourth-grader Liz Kurtz was nervous about her guest conductor appearance Thursday with the Spokane Symphony.


Cherryholmes, Symphony team up for SuperPops show

On Saturday, the Spokane Symphony and the family bluegrass band Cherryholmes will come together in a harmonious blend of banjos, fiddles and tubas. Cherryholmes is a perfect example of how …


Symphony, Chorale bring Venice to Fox

The Spokane Symphony and Symphony Chorale set off for Venice on Friday. Actually, the two ensembles will stay right at home at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. But …


Barrueco trades Lexus for symphony

Few classical musicians have achieved wide recognition from television commercials. But guitarist Manuel Barrueco has been seen – and heard – by more people in a TV ad for the …


Symphony rolls with Beethoven

The Spokane Symphony staged a Beethoven mini-festival over the weekend with two excellent concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Conductor Eckart Preu took the highly appreciative audience …


Spokane Symphony triumphs with Beethoven mini-festival

The Spokane Symphony staged a Beethoven mini-festival over the weekend with two excellent concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.


Symphony presents two concerts in honor of Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven reigns. Still. It’s hard to name a form in classical music – instrumental music, anyway – that listeners do not associate with Beethoven.


Pianist Rogé returns for Symphony’s opener

The Spokane Symphony opens its 2009-10 season with concerts Saturday and Sunday featuring pianist Pascal Rogé. Budget cuts because of the bad economy have forced some changes in the orchestra’s …


Sun, crowd emerge in time for Spokane Symphony concert

Usually people share blankets and lawn chairs, but this year umbrellas and big blue tarps were in high demand, too, as picnickers claimed their spots at the Spokane Symphony’s traditional …


Executive director confident of Spokane Symphony’s vision, future

The Spokane Symphony announced significant cost-cutting measures last week, including 20 percent pay cuts for administrative staff and a number of changes in the upcoming 2009-’10 repertoire. A number of …


Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ tops bill

If you are familiar with only one Mozart symphony, chances are it’s Symphony No. 41, “The Jupiter.” Maybe you’ve heard parts of it in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” Or maybe …


Symphony serves up a collection of family favorites

Disney has created many memorable images: The lion king with his cub, Aladdin with his lamp, beauty with her beast. Yet tonight, we’ll be reminded that Disney has also provided …


Symphony season ends on a high, extreme note

Extreme sports – those that emphasize extremes of speed plus a high level of physical exertion – enjoy great popularity. Saturday’s large audience at The Martin Woldson Theater at The …


Symphony ends season on extreme note

Extreme sports – those that emphasize extremes of speed plus a high level of physical exertion – enjoy great popularity. Saturday’s large audience at The Martin Woldson Theater at The …


No. 9 remains No. 1

When the words “Beethoven’s Ninth” are spoken, everyone knows it means Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 – not his ninth string quartet or ninth piano sonata. There are good …


Symphony solves Mozart puzzle

Classical concertgoers nowadays know their Mozart. Most people think of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as the greatest composer of 18th-century classicism. Some consider him the greatest composer of any period.


Event unites classical music, aerial tricks of Cirque de Soleil

Cirque de la Symphonie combines two venerable European traditions: classical music and the circus. Or, should we say, the cirque. This Spokane Symphony SuperPops concert features high-flying performers more in …