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Spokane Symphony Orchestra Friday, March 3, the Opera House Great instrumentalists are either actors or storytellers. The "actors" supply such bodily commentary as "oh, see how gorgeous this tune is" or "look how difficult this passage is." The "storytellers" can make passages sing or cavort without the use of much body movement.
Twila Paris sang at the Opera House Thursday night.
The King's Singers
Chris LeDoux and Mark Chesnutt, Sunday, Feb. 26, the Spokane Coliseum It wasn't a sold-out concert, but judging from the crowd's response to the performances by both Chris LeDoux and Mark Chesnutt at the Coliseum Sunday night, it sure seemed like one. Much of the applause resulted from a dazzling LeDoux set.
Ray Brown and his trio, a self-contained band, highlighted Saturday night's concert.
Megadeth's heavy-metal sound rocked the Coliseum Friday night. Ken Settle photo
From left, Stone Gossard, Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready.
Banu Gibson and her New Orleans Hot Jazz Orchestra shared the stage Saturday night with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.
Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz with the Spokane Symphony Saturday night at the Opera House "Banu Gibson and her hot jazz sextet were ably backed by the Spokane Symphony in a tastefully restrained version of New Orleans jazz Saturday. Nobody danced on the tabletops - or even in the aisles - but it was a good time all the same."
Joe Smyth, Mark Miller, Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, and Duncan Cameron and Jim Scholten make up Sawyer Brown.
"There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of young fans who connect with Sawyer Brown's cowboy chic and country-pop anthems. "The Walk" may be a great song but these fans come to hear "Betty's Bein' Bad" and "Some Girls Do" and Sawyer Brown sends them home grinning."
The Lafayette String Quartet consists of violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmidt and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood and cellist Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni.
Flutist Marina Piccinini gave a virtuoso solo performance Friday night.
"Guest conductor Yazuyoshi Akiyama led the Spokane Symphony deep into the romantic heart of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3. Flute soloist Marina Piccinini lavished her caressing tone and fleet fingers equally on the gold of Mozart's Concerto in G and the flashy tinsel of Francois Borne's 'Carman Fantasie."'
Steve Perry Monday, Jan. 9, Spokane Opera House Steve Perry, as one woman put it, is the rock 'n' roll equivalent of the romance novel. The theory is simple: Romance is a big, unfulfilled void in the lives of most women. And Perry's music fills it.
Allegro's "Feast of Lights" Tuesday, Jan. 10, The Met Allegro's "Feast of Lights" program Tuesday was a polished presentation. The program stayed well within the confines of a small subset of the Baroque era: the light chamber Baroque. Within those confines, however, the gently undulating tension and release of the period was revealed. This not only occurred for each selection but was carried over to the program as a whole.