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100 years in Spokane: Second city symphony concert gets rave review

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

The fledgling Spokane Symphony orchestra performed its second concert, “a triumph for the orchestra and its leader,” according to The Spokesman-Review.

The music critic was impressed enough to say that, “judging by the trend of opinion yesterday, the Spokane orchestra, supported by the public, is entering on a long and successful career.”

The orchestra played a work that remains a holiday staple even today, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” It “was listened to with pleased attention.” The conductor, Leonardo Brill, was “so delighted” by the performance of the Chinese Dance section that he “encored it, slightly accelerating the tempo.”

The concert also included Mendelssohn’s Scotch Symphony.

At the end of the concert, the members of the orchestra thanked Maestro Brill for his hard work by presenting him with “a standing lamp shade.” Another concert was planned in a month.

From the police beat: Police were pursuing an alleged burglary suspect when he led them straight into the scene of another crime.

He walked into what police said was a “Negro club.” Police followed and discovered a gambling den where they arrested three card players. They also found illegal liquor. The men were booked on gambling and liquor charges.

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