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Spokane Symphony trumpeter Chris Cook, daughter make joyful online noise

Chris Cook, a longtime trumpeter with the Spokane Symphony and Spokane's poet laureate, and his daughter, the comedian Kelsey Cook, have teamed up to produce a series of fun videos that are very popular on Instagram. Chris plays the trumpet along to songs requested by Kelsey's Insta followers, and they make these brief little videos. He's played DMX, Jay Z, Johnny Cash, Dave Mathews Band -- a wide range of styles.

Spokane Symphony to go virtual for New Year’s Eve celebration

In any other year, the Spokane Symphony could be found performing Beethoven's Ninth to ring in the new year. But, seeing as 2020 is not your average year, the symphony has had to rethink its annual celebration. This year, the symphony will make available a virtual concert featuring performances from the orchestra and special guests beginning 4 p.m. Dec. 31 on Vimeo.

Christmas Tree Elegance postpones 2020 event

As announced last weekend, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed another event: Christmas Tree Elegance, which was scheduled to run Dec. 1-13 in River Park Square. Christmas Tree Elegance, organized by the Spokane Symphony Associates, is a free-to-attend fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony. The 2019 event raised more than $400,000.

Spokane Symphony celebrates 75th anniversary with Gala 2020

The Spokane Symphony's Gala 2020 streams live at 7 p.m. Thursday at event.gives/sso/. During the fundraising event, music director James Lowe will discuss his thoughts on live music for 2021, and there will, of course, be plenty of music from symphony musicians and special guests. 

Two of the happiest U.S. states? Washington and Idaho

Washington and Idaho are top-tier states for those looking for a pleasant existence. According to a recent study by Wallethub, Washington ranks 15th for happiest place in the country to live and Idaho is ninth.

‘The Sound of Spokane’: Symphony celebrates 75 years

Today, the Spokane Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary. And, although this past year has been less than kind to the symphony, its members continue to draw hope from the countless other trials and tribulations over which they have triumphed during the previous 74.

Support for cancellation of Spokane Symphony season is all-around

While quarantine has been understandably difficult for the musicians of the Spokane Symphony, Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski said he is pleased with the decision to move the season to next year because it gives them a more tangible timeline to work toward.

Spokane Symphony moves entire 75th season to September 2021

The Spokane Symphony announced Thursday that, due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the entire 75th season, which was scheduled to begin in September, will be moved to September 2021 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Spokane Symphony administrator resigns when confronted about racist, conspiratorial tweets

In since-deleted tweets uncovered by KHQ, Bethany Schoeff-Cotter referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as "a disease on this country" and suggested the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a hoax designed to influence this year's elections. Schoeff-Cotter also called those who wear masks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus "idiots" and accused Microsoft founder Bill Gates of a plot to force vaccines and microchips on the American public.

Bill Fix, ‘the ageless man,’ dies at 94

Bill Fix died on May 30 due to heart complications at the age of 94. He was a savvy investor, philanthropist, mountaineer, conservationist, storyteller, runner and bibliophile, remembered by friends and family for his generosity with his time, knowledge and interest.