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Review: The Music of Cream rises to the top again

When Cream reunited in 2005 for one of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, there was a palpable chill among the three members of the iconic power trio. It wasn’t surprising since many reformations are marred by a tangible iciness among members.

Review: 3 Doors Down packs in the hits at the FICA

At 78 minutes, it was one of the shorter rock concerts I’ve attended, but that was all the time it took for 3 Doors Down to hit the right notes with Spokane fans at the First Interstate Center for the Arts on Wednesday night.

Review: ‘Weird Al’ and friends bring the laughs to Northern Quest

The oldies but goodies – “I Lost on Jeopardy,” “I Love Rocky Road” and “Like a Surgeon” – were relegated to a medley at the top of the show. “Eat It” made its only appearance via video during a costume change. And that was OK. Because when it comes to the catalog of “Weird Al” Yankovic, there’s plenty to love and laugh along with.

Ogren inspires as final candidate for Spokane Symphony music director

The fifth shoe dropped on Saturday night, when Jayce Ogren, the last of five candidates we were to hear for the position of music director of the Spokane Symphony, led the orchestra in its penultimate classics concert of the 2018-19 season. Even before walking onstage, Ogren had distinguished himself in the customary interview with Verne Wyndham’s “From the Studio” radio program, on which Istvan Vardai, cello soloist in this weekend’s program, also appeared. Those who heard the interview (and if you missed it, it can still be found at were treated to a discussion of music as informative, as interesting and as inspiring as one could possibly hope for.

Concert review: Talent on display, choice for symphony director tougher than ever

There may have been some in the audience of this weekend’s concerts by the Spokane Symphony who harbored a secret wish that the concerts had not gone so well as they did. This perverse wish arose from the fact that the orchestra was auditioning five candidates for the position of music director, and the three previous candidates we had a chance to hear had all performed brilliantly. It would have made things much easier if Arthur Arnold, the fourth finalist and conductor of these concerts, had proved to be at least a little less outstanding, just slightly less worthy of consideration. If anyone did harbor such hopes, they were dashed.

Spokane Symphony rocks out at the Fox for music of Queen

The show may have been at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, and members of the Spokane Symphony may have been on stage, but what transpired on Friday night was not an orchestral event. It was a rock concert dedicated to the music of Queen, complete with wailing guitars, audience sing-alongs, and a light show.

Symphony review: ‘Classic 5’ concert shows best of Eckart Preu

This weekend’s Classics 5 concert by the Spokane Symphony marked the midpoint of the 15th and final season in which Eckart Preu has led the orchestra as its music director and principal conductor. Of the five concerts remaining in the season, four will be conducted by candidates for Preu’s job. As if to make dramatically clear how high the bar has been set for them, Classics 5 gave us an impressive example of Preu in three facets of the role he is leaving: program builder, skilled conductor, and supportive colleague.

Spokane Symphony’s season launched with a bright new star

For a few seconds, the only sound one could hear in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox was of two flutes, gently retracing an upward-moving figure. The sound was clearly audible from every point in the hall, allowing everyone in the audience to appreciate all the colors it contained. Soon, the flutes were joined by clarinets, answering with a matching, downward-moving figure. Together, they created a musical motif plainly evocative of running water.