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Shuttered Venues Operator grants have been delayed, which impacts a number of local venues. They are waiting on help from Congress so they can start to rehire staff, plan shows and take the next steps to reopening.
Next up in the “@Home” spring concert series, the Spokane Symphony will explore art and science with “Concert 4: Painting With Music, Words, Light.” The musical program includes Franz Joseph Haydn.
The Spokane Symphony announced today a collaboration with Whitworth University in the fall: Tony and Grammy award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will perform with the symphony on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Under the guidelines, which have different attendance caps for indoor and outdoor venues, the number of permitted visitors would be increased if a "vaccinated section" were created in the facility. Such a section would require proof of vaccination to enter, and the operator would have to set up different ticketing lines in order to permit those with proof of a vaccine and those without. In that section, social distancing would not be required, but attendees would still be required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking.
The hairs on the back of the neck start to prick up early on while watching the Spokane Symphony’s recent release of its first of five on-demand spring concert films titled “Overtones.”
Spokane comic Kelsey Cook didn't know what to do with all of the adrenaline coursing through her body after slaying during a virtual gig at the Spokane Comedy Club last spring.
After more than a year, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe returned to the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, “and there was music again,” a video posted on Instagram announced.
Conductors’ lives are punctuated by travel. Comings and goings are part of our natural rhythm. Almost a year ago, I left Spokane expecting to be back the following month for the last three concerts of the Spokane Symphony’s 2019/20 season.
Event calendars were completely scrambled last year thanks to the coronavirus, and while the world is not yet back to normal, things are starting to look brighter as performances get rescheduled in Spokane.
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.
When Congress finally passed a COVID-19 relief bill Monday that will provide funding for independent music venues, Matt Meyer sighed in relief. Prior to the announcement, the entertainment director of the Spokane Arena and the First Interstate Center for the Arts was justifiably concerned. Now, Meyer is singing a different tune.
For years, the sound of Beethoven’s Ninth, as performed by the Spokane Symphony, has been the soundtrack for saying goodbye to the current year and hello to the new year in Spokane on New Year’s Eve. To no one’s surprise, that concert was canceled earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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 Associates members were determined to make their Christmas Tree Elegance event work this year.
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.
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.
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.
For 75 years, Spokane Symphony has survived recessions, strikes and conductor crises – all while growing into an exceptional arts institution. The orchestra has been led by a Pulitzer Prize-winning conductor. It has recorded CDs for major labels.
From the time author and columnist Jim Kershner left high school, more than anything, he wanted to write in whatever style and on whatever subject he could. “It's a tough choice to make,” Kershner said, explaining the difficulty writers face in making a living by their work. But he was determined.