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The legendary American singer-songwriter shines in performing classic and new material before an enthusiastic Spokane crowd.
Kicking off its spring tour, Modest Mouse pulled tunes from its entire discography for Knitting Factory show.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill honored 20 years of marriage through a musical journey of romance where obvious chemistry and unmatched talent were on display. The country superstars brought their 2017 Soul2Soul World Tour to to a nearly packed Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday night and their instant connection as they sang the beginning of the 1997 power ballad “It’s Your Love” characterized the night. The first lines of the song were almost entirely drowned out by cheers: “It’s your love / It just does something to me / Sends a shock right through me / I can’t get enough.”
U2’s “The Joshua Tree Tour” brings the famed album and more hits to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
The concerts became a celebration not only of a successful season, but of the powerful current of musical life that runs through our community, bringing together people and institutions, breaking down barriers.
Arizona band that rose to fame with the album “Bleed American” in 2001, drew a big crowd in Spokane on Tuesday.
Throughout the Brahms symphony, the orchestra surpassed itself in beauty and richness of tone, suppleness of phrasing and sheer stamina. As long as it continues to perform like that, we can rest assured that the heritage of romanticism is in good hands.
“The point of our show is breaking stereotypes and thinking outside of the box,” Black Violin’s Kev Marcus said. “We wanted to be professional violinists but wanted to wear fitted caps and joggers so this is what we came up with.”
The first thing one learns in attending concerts of classical music is never to applaud between movements. Doing so, we are told, shows disrespect for the composer’s intentions and the performers’ interpretation. In Saturday night’s concert by the Spokane Symphony at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, that hallowed rule was enthusiastically, even raucously, broken.
Church, winner of five ACM and three CMA awards, played his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” without any supporting acts to a nearly packed Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. It showed he can easily carry a concert for almost three hours.
Elton John played Sunday night to a packed Spokane Arena on his “Wonderful Crazy Night” tour.
At Barrister Winery on Thursday, Zuill Bailey, distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, performed in an event that was as much a celebration as a recital. Along with pianist Elizabeth DeMio, he performed two works that are important in his career: “Tales of Hemingway” (2015) by American composer Michael Daugherty, and the Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33 (1872) by Camille Saint-Saens.
No concerts of the current season of the Spokane Symphony have displayed the power of the orchestra so brilliantly as those that took place this weekend in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The program was intended to observe the 80th anniversary of the death of French composer, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), to set his music in the context of his time, and to illustrate how his influence has continued into ours.
While Piers Lane and Zuill Bailey collaborated beautifully on works by Chopin and Beethoven, the real star on Friday night was the Northwest Back Festival unveiling of “The Three Dancers.”
Blake Shelton’s charisma and carefree smile lit up the stage from the first notes he sang. His vocals during the live performance surpassed the recording, and there was a careful balance between the band’s intensity and Shelton’s voice.
Piers Lane, the Australian pianist, treated the crowd at Barrister Winery to some lovely playing a strong second half.
Coming on the heels of the presidential inauguration, the Spokane Symphony’s program Saturday allowed us to contemplate what it means to be American by seeing how the question was answered by five sensitive and ambitious artists.
Conductor Pavel Baleff first appeared with the Spokane Symphony three years ago in a program of Brahms and Schumann so beautifully presented that audiences were left awaiting his return eagerly. The wait ended Saturday night.
Ex-Beatle and His All Starr Band burn through 25 tracks in a fun two-hour show.
The audience at Friday’s concert by the Spokane Symphony were not merely passive onlookers. They witnessed, and one hopes participated in, the power of music to transform any subject it takes up, every person who plays it or hears it, and thus our understanding of the world around us. The first transformation at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox was achieved by an exceptional multi-media work, “Dreamland,” by contemporary Icelandic composer, Valgeir Sigurdsson (b. 1971). The piece consists of a suite of brief but emotionally potent musical statements performed by a chamber orchestra of 37 players augmented by recorded vocal and electronic sounds. This chamber version of the piece received its U.S. premier by the Spokane Symphony this weekend.