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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.
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.”
Instead of the engaging virtuoso showpiece we expected with “Symphonie Espagnole,” Aleksey Semenenko’s profound re-evaluation and flawless execution revealed a masterful and serious concerto for violin and orchestra, worthy of consideration alongside the greatest examples of the type by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
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.
After traveling from Barrister Winery to River Park Square, the festival popped up at the Hamilton Studio, itself a re-imagined 1928 school building in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood.
Flute solo makes an impact in weekend concerts.
The country star played the Spokane Arena on Friday night during a stop on her “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour.
Guest violinist Mira Wang set a standard which future performers of Rasch’s “Tropoi” will find hard to match.
Throughout the Saint-Saëns concerto, the Spokane Symphony played superbly, but was eclipsed by the soloist.
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.
The German rock band the Scorpions kept things in high gear at nearly sold out Spokane Arena show on Friday night.
Vienna-themed concert brings out the best in conductor Preu, the symphony and guest musicians.
“Navah Perlman’s Unforgettable Musical Memoirs,” presented as part of the Northwest Bach Festival SummerFest series, reviewed Friday at Hamilton Studio.
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.
Age has turned McDonald’s once dark hair white, but it hasn’t dulled the emotion in his voice when he sings; it meant as much for McDonald and the band to play each song as it did for the audience to hear them.
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.
The iconic pop band from Athens, Gerogia keeps the party rolling with an energetic set on the festival’s opening weekend.
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.
In wake of the reported suicide of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, we’re reprinting a review of the band’s 2003 performance at Spokane Arena.
The set list at Northern Quest on Friday touched on various stages of Hagar’s career – from Montrose and his solo stuff to Van Halen and beyond. And there was some Zep thrown in for good measure.