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An excited buzz whispered through Patricia Bassett’s classroom at Linwood Elementary on a recent morning. It was a big day for the fifth grade beginning strings class. For the first time, the students were going to use bows to play their violins, violas, cellos and basses. As Bassett showed the class how to hold the bow, two volunteers helped students position their instruments. The volunteers know a bit about stringed instruments.
Two out-of-the-ordinary cultural attractions are on the way to the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – one coming up soon, the other in midwinter: • Paul Taylor 2 , one of the ensembles of the acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company, will perform at The Fox on Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. It’s your chance to see Taylor’s inventive choreography and a troupe of world-class dancers.
Are the audiences for “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” made up of cartoon fans? Or orchestral music fans? What? You mean there’s a difference?
The Spokane Symphony provided its large audience Saturday at The Fox with a long, intense evening of music-making, with gripping performances of powerful works by Johannes Brahms and Bohuslav Martinu leavened by the charm of Antonin Dvorák. This season, conductor Eckart Preu has presented some spiky challenges to his audiences.
Vladimir Feltsman is a musician with three careers – he ranks as one of the world’s great pianists, and he is a well-regarded conductor as well as a distinguished teacher. Feltsman makes his fourth appearance with the Spokane Symphony in a pair of concerts this weekend at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
The Spokane Symphony’s audiences Saturday and Sunday were given stunning performances of two Russian masterpieces – Sergei Prokofiev’s seldom performed Symphony No. 3 and Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from the ballet “The Firebird, an orchestral standby” – led by music director Eckart Preu. The concert opened in a world of sanity and order with J. S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3. The performance used only three violins, three violas, three cellos and a basso continuo of harpsichord and string bass.
Once upon a time – about hundred years ago – Paris seemed the center of the artistic universe. Artists’ reputations were made there. Painters and poets, musicians and dancers achieved huge successes (and some spectacular failures). A number of those big artistic successes included Russian musicians. This week’s concerts of the Spokane Symphony will feature works by two of those Russian composers, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.
The Spokane Symphony brought brilliance and intensity to its season-opening concert Saturday night at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Flashy works are standard fare for opening night programs, but conductor Eckart Preu and the orchestra’s players gave their near-capacity opening-night audience music of real substance, too, in orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich. Violinist Philippe Quint, originally scheduled to perform here last season, proved well worth the wait playing Glazunov’s Violin Concerto.
Philippe Quint was scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as a part of the Spokane Symphony’s Beethoven Bash last season. But a budget-induced reshuffling caused a year’s delay in his appearance. “Don’t worry, we will have him here,” Music Director Eckart Preu said at the time.
The Spokane Symphony informally launched the local classical music season with a Labor Day weekend performance at Liberty Lake – but not its traditional concert at Comstock Park, canceled for budget reasons. Still, despite budget pressures affecting all arts organizations, area audiences can look forward to plenty of classical music this fall.
Where beach chairs and blankets last Labor Day covered the grass at Comstock Park, the Cataldo Catholic School football team practiced on-side kicks. Instead of the Spokane Symphony and Rossini, a boom box poured out Supertramp.
The Spokane Symphony announced Thursday that it is canceling its annual Labor Day concert at Comstock Park this year as part of a series of budget cuts prompted by a slow economy. Crowds of 5,000 people or more have attended the popular free concert annually over the past 25 years.
The Spokane Symphony announced this morning that it is canceling its annual Labor Day concert at Comstock Park this year as part of a series of budget cuts prompted by a slow economy.
Here’s how you mix up the recipe for Soiree on the Edge, Saturday’s outdoor concert on the hilltop at Arbor Crest Winery. • Take one part Chamber Soiree, in which Spokane Symphony musicians break into smaller groups to perform intimate chamber music (normally at the Davenport Hotel).
It’s hard to know where to begin. With the Beethoven?
Loving Paris in the springtime is easy, but getting to Paris is another matter. The Spokane Symphony offers its solution: Make the trip by way of music.
When the 5 Browns last played Spokane two years ago, they filled The Fox with the sound of five Steinways at once. The sound was nearly orchestral.