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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 …


A stirring celebration of our 16th president

Spokane Symphony audiences enjoyed a rare treat this weekend. World premieres carry their own thrill, but rarely does an audience find itself witnessing a masterful composer celebrating a great occasion …


Commissioned Lincoln Bicentennial music premieres

Abraham Lincoln liked music. As a younger man, he enjoyed a good fiddle tune with his fellow lawyers when traveling to the Illinois circuit courts. When he became president, he …


‘Three Broadway Divas,’ Spokane Symphony SuperPops

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


At a glance: Spokane Symphony

What: Works by Bartok, Dvorak and Beethoven, with guest pianist Chris O’Riley. When: Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.


Pianist Christopher O’Riley steps in as second replacement for symphony concerts

The Spokane Symphony got two big surprises as it approached its first pair of classical concerts of 2009 – and neither was the kind of surprise that conductors or symphony …


Blazing Banjos

When it comes to high-brow musical respect, the banjo ranks somewhere below the accordion and above the kazoo. In fact, according to banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, some people discover they …


Symphony offers pair of firsts

Spokane Symphony audiences will hear two debuts this weekend at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The American cellist Julie Albers will make her Spokane debut playing a concerto …


Symphony scares up kids program

On the day after Halloween, why not treat your kids to some “suites” with their sweets? “In The Hall of the Mountain King,” from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, will be …


Symphony goes clubbing

Musicians, some people say, can’t stay away from bars. The Spokane Symphony doesn’t deny it. This is the fourth season the orchestra has taken its players to one of Spokane’s …


A bevy of Beethoven

Think of Beethoven and you’re likely to think of the two mighty chords that slap the music of his “Eroica” Symphony into action, or the ominous energy that drives the …


Classic Russian

The Russians will invade The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox this weekend when the Spokane Symphony performs a program of music by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Eckart Preu will …


‘Alpine Symphony’ showcases talent

Conductor Eckart Preu led the members of the Spokane Symphony to a Straussian summit Saturday as the orchestra opened its 2008-09 season. Richard Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony” represents some breathtaking challenges, …


Alpine adventure

The Spokane Symphony opens its 2008-09 season with some musical mountain climbing as the orchestra play Richard Strauss’s seldom-performed “Alpine Symphony” Saturday evening at the Martin Woldson Theater at The …


A work in progress

“It all started with me wanting more room for my CDs,” says Kevin Hekmatpanah, explaining his recent move from a 700-square-foot condo in downtown Spokane to a “fixer-upper” roughly 10 …