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The 64th annual Shrine Circus will visit Spokane Valley the weekend of April 26 to 28, setting up tents in the vacant lot across from Spokane Valley City Hall on Sprague Avenue just west of University Road. There will be elephants, horses, clowns and more under the big top during several shows each day. The circus is run by the El Katif Shriners, who use the money raised to support Shriners Hospitals. The Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children is one of 22 hospitals they run across the country.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated with a public event Saturday at Spokane Community College’s Lair Student Center with the theme “Balance for Better: Cultural, Creating and Community Healing.” The free event will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and feature workshops, vendors and community resource booths. The keynote speaker of the event is Idella King, an activist for missing and murdered indigenous women. Her talk, which begins at 1 p.m., is titled “Community Healing through Female Indigenous Ideologies.”
Classical guitarist Mak Grgic brings variety to his Friends of the Guitar Hour concert, Friday at Holy Names Music Center.
New York City pianist Hsia-Jung Chang will perform a hometown recital on June 1 at the Holy Names Music Center. In her “Piano in Nature” recital, Chang will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Claude Debussy’s piano suite “Estampes,” and music by Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Christian Sinding, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Holy Names Music Center is hosting a violin camp from April 1-5. Camp is open to students age 7 and older, and will discuss the history of the violin, famous violinists and composers, and discussions of technique and performance styles.
Memorial Day weekend seems ages away, but it’s never too early to be thinking about Sasquatch. The annual four-day music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., won’t announce a lineup until February. But you can buy a limited number of discounted passes through Dec. 31.
Michael LeFevre, an award-winning classical guitarist and professor at Walla Walla University, will perform Friday at the Holy Names Music Center. LeFevre will present the premiere of “Sonata” by Bryan Johanson, an Oregon-based award-winning composer. He also will play works by Jorge Morel, Leo Brouwer, Marco Pereira in addition to J.S. Bach’s BWV 995.
Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on a Summer’s Eve performance in Manito Park is shaping up to be a must-see. The concerts, at 7 p.m. July 17 and 18, will feature three professional sopranos who graduated from Whitworth University: Heather Steckler Parker, Colleen Bryant Palmer and Heather Peterson.
Summer seems like a distant memory to most of us – but not 10-year-old Hannah Ellis. When she talked about summer camp, words exploded like a popcorn kernels in a microwave. Breathlessly, she listed her favorite things about her time at Camp Sweyolakan. “I like swimming in the lake, and spending the night and being outdoors and hiking in the woods!”
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.
It’s Monday evening after dinner and Nancy Klingman is getting her choir students together. This night there’s one unusual problem: about half the choir is missing. Why? Because Klingman is teaching choir at Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women, and in preparation for the closure of the prison, inmates are already being transferred to other facilities. “We’re just going to have to make up for them,” Klingman said to the four remaining women. And then the group started warming up their voices with breathing exercises and loud “woos” and “zoos” followed by some stretches.
Imagine you’re looking at a map of Spokane. You note that Division Street is a four-lane, north-south street. You decide to drive north on Division Street from Gonzaga University. To your surprise, you discover it’s not Division – it’s Ruby Street, and it’s one way. Turns out your map is several years out of date. William Conable, emeritus professor of music at Ohio State University, said human beings have maps of their bodies tucked within their brains. “We use this map to give our bodies instruction for movement,” he explained. And sometimes those maps are faulty. “Almost everyone has something incorrect in their map, but they’ve got to use it – it’s all they have.”
For many families, private music lessons are an unaffordable luxury. But thanks to the TEAM Project (Teens Engaging in Alternatives through Music) at Holy Names Music Center, children ages 8-14 from Spokane’s most impoverished neighborhoods can experience the joys of music. According to literature provided by the school, “The TEAM Project models success and hopefulness for daily living by providing youth with positive role models, a constructive means of self-expression, and an opportunity for personal, emotional and artistic growth in a safe, supportive environment.”