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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Symphony Chorale excels in ‘Carmina Burana’

Betty Kiemle had a birthday last week, and decided to throw a party and invite some friends. The arts patron and Spokane Symphony benefactor’s notion of a party venue is not a quiet table at the back of a posh restaurant, but the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox, which was filled to capacity on Thursday night for the gala performance she sponsored of Carl Orff’s celebrated 1937 secular cantata, “Carmina Burana.” The task of organizing the entertainment fell to the symphony’s music director, Eckart Preu, who knows how to put on a show. The stage struggled to hold the musical forces he assembled: the full orchestra the Spokane Symphony Chorale, Spokane Area Youth Choirs, the Whitworth Choir, the Eastern Washington University Symphonic Choir and three outstanding soloists: soprano Dawn Wolski, baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, and tenor Christopher Pfund.

Preu takes his turn with ‘Carmina Burana’

It’s tempting to think of Carl Orff as a one-trick pony. The German composer wrote “Carmina Burana,” the most often performed and most popular of works for orchestra, chorus and soloists. But what else? Many things, actually, but nothing else that brought him such fame.

Spotlight: Menzel will perform at The Fox in May

Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee,” “Rent” and “Wicked” fans – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on May 15, 7:30 p.m. Menzel made her name in 1996 as the originator of the role of Maureen in “Rent.” Then she originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway in 2003 and in London in 2006.