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Pianist Natasha Paremski shines in Rachmaninoff piano concerto

At a time when our thinking about Russia is clouded by evidence of election meddling, authoritarianism and geopolitical hostility, we would do well to step back and contemplate “The Heart of Russia.” Eckart Preu, Music Director of the Spokane Symphony, did just that in creating the program for the final concert in the orchestra’s Classics Series for 2017-18, with results that were both instructive and inspiring.

Kennedy, hometown crowd enjoy walk down memory lane

When he spoke to The Spokesman-Review in December in advance of Alter Bridge’s sold-out show at the Knitting Factory, singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy expressed awe at the path his life had taken. “There is not a day that goes by where I don’t realize that after doing this for a few decades that I still get to do this,” he said. “It’s a wonderful thing so I don’t take it for granted.”

Concert review: As has been tradition, BachFest ends on a high note

Zuill Bailey burst upon the consciousness of most of us here by performing the six Suites for Cello by Bach during the festival six years ago, seated in the same spot he occupied on Sunday afternoon. Though it seemed then that his playing could not possibly be improved, it has since grown even more flexible, spontaneous and spellbinding.

Concert review: Nakahara leads symphony in energetic, precise program

Music lovers in Spokane this month have the opportunity of hearing two outstanding pianists as guests of the Spokane . This weekend at the Fox, we heard Ran Dank and the orchestra play a concerto by Beethoven. In two weeks, Conrad Tao returns to Spokane. Four years ago, he channeled Hercules by performing all five piano concertos of Beethoven in back to back concerts, and played every one brilliantly. Although limited to performing merely one Beethoven concerto this weekend, No. 4 in G major Op. 58, Dank exhibited such musicianship and profound communication that those who heard him are already looking forward to his return.

In sold-out Spokane performance, Keith Urban steals hearts, leaves a guitar

Keith Urban kicked off the Spokane stop of his “ripCORD World Tour” by strutting up to the microphone, flashing a wide smile and strumming a banjo. Australian superstar Urban and his band played to a sold-out crowd for nearly two hours at Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights on Friday night.

Concert review: At 84, Willie Nelson still has the power to thrill a crowd

Obviously, most of the fans came for Nelson – except for one who repeatedly shouted, “Kacey,” during her set – but Musgraves’s smooth-as-butter voice and skillful guitar playing kept them engaged as they waited. She executed vocal runs in her head voice or mix with ease.

Concert review: Once Toby Keith kicked into gear, his Northern Quest show really took off

Toby Keith’s stage presence did not fully evolve until the second half of the show. His band, featuring incredible musicians delivering enthusiastic performances, initially outshined Keith, as the upbeat music called for more than singing into a microphone and strumming a guitar. The initial mood matched his laidback attire: a flannel shirt, cowboy hat and jeans.