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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Apple founder Steve Jobs is the subject of a new opera

The music for “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” is by composer Mason Bates, combining traditional orchestration with synthesizer and other electronic effects. Mark Campbell’s libretto moves back and forth through Jobs’ life from childhood until his death in 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

Symphony takes ‘Midwinter’ detour

Next week, the Spokane Symphony returns to their ongoing Classics series, filling the Fox Theater with the sounds of Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler. But tonight the symphony, along with featured pianist Kendall Feeney, lets loose with another of their Splash concerts, which boast a more laidback atmosphere and showcase more avant-garde compositions than a traditional symphony soiree. One of the composers being highlighted tonight is Mason Bates, who is best known for blending the synthetic with the organic. Bates’ style is an interesting one: He combines lush symphonic soundscapes with elements of electronic music, and even the title of the piece being performed tonight (“The Rise of Exotic Computing”) illustrates how he incorporates industrial components with lush strings.

Symphony takes ‘Midwinter’ detour

Next week, the Spokane Symphony returns to their ongoing Classics series, filling the Fox Theater with the sounds of Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler. But tonight the symphony, along with featured pianist Kendall Feeney, lets loose with another of their Splash concerts, which boast a more laidback atmosphere and showcase more avant-garde compositions than a traditional symphony soiree. One of the composers being highlighted tonight is Mason Bates, who is best known for blending the synthetic with the organic. Bates’ style is an interesting one: He combines lush symphonic soundscapes with elements of electronic music, and even the title of the piece being performed tonight (“The Rise of Exotic Computing”) illustrates how he incorporates industrial components with lush strings.