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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 …


Symphony uncovers beauty in strangeness

The Spokane Symphony seldom has its classics concerts led by a guest conductor. It rarely programs modern works that might be called radical. And the orchestra plays few works by …


Symphony joins alternative musician

Brandi Carlile? The Seattle alternative singer-songwriter? Backed by an orchestra? That’s exactly what will happen in the second half of Carlile’s concert on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson …


Polishing up for Polish works

Poland might as well be Pluto for most American concertgoers. Certainly, classical audiences here know the music of Chopin and maybe one or two of the violin concertos of Wieniawski. …


Oft-neglected works get fine treatment at symphony

The Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu treated their audiences this weekend by contrasting two unfamiliar works with one that is a staple of the concerto repertoire. Preu began the …


Trio’s a charm for Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein wasn’t born playing the cello. But it didn’t take long for her to start; she was 4 when she began lessons. Still, she did not play Antonin Dvorak’s …


Symphony celebrates Mancini

Most people would say Frank Sinatra or the Beatles created the soundtrack of the 1960s. However, you can make an excellent case for Enrico Nicola Mancini, better known as Henry …


Snap, classics, pops at 2009-10 Spokane Symphony

A new “Beethoven Bash,” pops at The Fox and a different dance partner for “The Nutcracker” will be among the highlights of the Spokane Symphony’s 2009-2010 season. Season tickets go …


Back to the Factory

When the Spokane Symphony crosses Monroe Street, lots of things change besides the “walk” light. Members of the symphony will leave their posh art deco venue at the Fox Friday …


Symphony offers mystical experience

The Spokane Symphony and the women of the Symphony Chorale soared to space this weekend. The concert was a visual and sonic spectacular with the music of Gustav Holst’s “The …


Symphony’s music will be out of this world

The world of classical music is big – very big. The Spokane Symphony, Music Director Eckart Preu and the Symphony Chorale will take this weekend’s audiences at the Martin Woldson …