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Wednesday, February 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spotlight: Thanks to Travolta, CdA holiday show still a go

The show will go on.

For two years, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presented a holiday show at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. With CST’s demise, the future of the Christmas show was in doubt.

Ellen Travolta has stepped in to save the show.

The veteran actress and longtime Coeur d’Alene resident will direct “A Christmas Cabaret” to run Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. The show will feature Mark Cotter, an esteemed cabaret performer who has performed in New York and on the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen steamboat, and veteran stage and television actor Jack Bannon, Travolta’s husband.

Those patrons who had purchased tickets to CST’s previously announced Christmas show, “Christmas My Way,” will have their money refunded, CST board President Joe Anderson said in a news release.

The show opens the day after Thanksgiving, in conjunction with the resort’s Holiday Light Show.

“This will be a wonderful evening for people who enjoy music, laughter and stories,” Travolta said in the news release.

Tickets, at $25 a person or $20 each for groups of eight or more, go on sale Wednesday. Call (208) 765-4000, ext. 21, or visit

Counterculture strings

The Spokane String Quartet will begin its season Oct. 20 with a 3 p.m. concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

The concert will feature music by Charles Ives and Franz Schubert, to fit the theme of “counterculture.” The works include Ives’ Prelude from String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army,” and String Quartet No. 2, and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major, D. 887.

The quartet includes Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violins; Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola; and Helen Byrne, cello.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for students. They’re available online at, by calling (509) 624-1200, at the Fox box office, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., or through any TicketsWest outlet.

On the radio

Spokane Public Radio’s “Concert of the Week” program has returned for the season.

The show, produced by Verne Windham and Jim Tevenan, airs Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. on 91.1 FM. It features recorded concerts by the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane String Quartet and ensembles from area colleges.

This week’s show will feature this weekend’s performances by the symphony and special guest Zuill Bailey, the acclaimed cellist and new artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival. On Oct. 21, the show will feature the string quartet’s Oct. 20 concert.

The series runs September through June. Check out the schedule at

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