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After decades, Allegro puts on last free fireworks concert in park

Timing has been critical to staging the thrilling conclusion to the Royal Fireworks Concert in Riverfront Park since its humble beginnings in the late 1970s. And now the time has come for the finale to the free summer show. Sunday night’s 35th performance was the last one by longtime presenter Allegro Baroque and Beyond.

This may be last fireworks concert

The Royal Fireworks Concert, a summer tradition for many Inland Northwest residents, may take its final bow. Allegro Baroque and Beyond is ending its sponsorship of the event after 35 years, said Laura Bracken, president of the chamber music organization’s board of trustees.

Spotlight: Historic Homes series begins Oct. 16

For the 22nd year, Allegro, Baroque & Beyond will hold its Music in Historic Homes concert series. The concerts kick off on Oct. 16 and 17 at the Shadle-Veasey House, 1118 W. Ninth Ave. The home was built in 1906 for Eugene Shadle and his wife, Josie Comstock Shadle, who owned The Crescent department store.

Spotlight: Steves to share benefits of travel at GU lecture

The well-known (and unabashedly outspoken) PBS travel expert Rick Steves is on the way back to Gonzaga University for a lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Steves’ lecture title is provocative in itself: “Travel as a Political Act, Part II: Going From Casual Tourist to Global Citizen.”

A Fantastique start to a wide-ranging classical season

The region’s fall classical music scene should be fantastique, if not positively Callithumpian. First, we have Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, which will be the Spokane Symphony’s season opener Sept. 17 and 18 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Royal Fireworks Concert offer Baroque-era entertainment

The enduring popularity of the Royal Fireworks Concert can be summed up in three words: fireworks, fugues and free. That “free” part is certainly important, since it means that everybody can come down to Riverfront Park and enjoy a trip into 1749 without fumbling for their wallets.

Spotlight: Keith booked at Quest’s new outdoor venue

Country superstar Toby Keith is the first artist announced for a new concert venue in Spokane: the Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s 5,000-seat outdoor stage. Keith will bring his “Locked and Loaded Tour” to this space on Aug. 18. Eric Church will be the opening act.

Baroque ballet troupe joins Allegro tonight

Baroque ballet comes to Spokane tonight with a performance by Sinfonia of New York at the Bing Crosby Theater. The troupe of seven instrumentalists, a singer and two dancers will present a program titled “The Art of the Chaconne: From the Streets of Spain to the Mind of J.S. Bach.”

Spotlight: Third-party ‘Wicked’ tickets can be costly

Tickets to the Spokane engagement of “Wicked” go on sale Saturday, and the people at WestCoast Entertainment want to warn buyers about the perils of third-party tickets. Ticket agencies and brokers will probably snap up a number of tickets right away. So when people search for tickets online, they will often be shunted to those third-party sites.

Bassoonist, ballet at Bing with Allegro

Allegro Baroque and Beyond returns to the Bing Crosby Theater stage Friday with a program of music and dance titled “Night at the Opera.” Jesse Read, a bassoonist from Vancouver, B.C., will be featured in works from his CD by that name as well as operatic pieces by Gioachino Rossini.

Classical music season looks promising despite financial woes

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.

Beautiful music

The first concert in Allegro’s Historic Homes Series won’t be in a historic home, but in a historic church. The opener of Allegro, Baroque and Beyond’s 40th year will take place in St. Joseph’s Church, a gem of a building in Spokane’s West Central district for more than 100 years.