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The concerts became a celebration not only of a successful season, but of the powerful current of musical life that runs through our community, bringing together people and institutions, breaking down barriers.
Kristina Ploeger is the new music director for the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the symphony announced Thursday.
The Spokane Symphony, joined by the Spokane Symphony Chorale, soloists and guest artists, will bring Orff’s stunning work to life on the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Thursday.
The Spokane Symphony Society is hosting a “Great Gatsby” themed fundraising party next week. “The Great Gatsby: A Conversation, Music and Movie” will feature a screening of the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, starring Robert Redford, period music by pianist Kendall Feeney, local historians talking about the Roaring ’20s, and gin cocktails and treats. Period dress is encouraged.
Leading Saturday’s Holiday Pops concert by the Spokane Symphony and Spokane Symphony Chorale at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox was the orchestra’s resident conductor, Morihiko Nakahara. His impish wit and engaging platform manner combine with his superb musicianship to make him an ideal host for a festive evening of music. The orchestra’s silence during the recent work stoppage has made all of us more aware of what a treasure we have in our midst, and Nakahara is one of the parts of that treasure we prize most highly.
How far can you travel from Spokane in one hour and 20 minutes? By car, you can reach Moses Lake; by plane, Portland. If you took a seat in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday night, however, you traveled from death to eternal life, and from defeat to triumph. It was quite a trip. Our guides were Eckart Preu, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Spokane Symphony Chorale, and two magnificent vocalists, soprano Angela Maria Blasi and mezzo soprano Mary Ann McCormick. The vehicle was Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection” (1894).
In keeping with the Casual Classics motif, the crowd that packed the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Friday night was casual in their dress but thoroughly serious and attentive in their attitude toward the music. Their attention was rewarded generously by a reduced core of the Spokane Symphony ably abetted by the Spokane Symphony Chorale.
Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee,” “Rent” and “Wicked” fans – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on May 15, 7:30 p.m. Menzel made her name in 1996 as the originator of the role of Maureen in “Rent.” Then she originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway in 2003 and in London in 2006.
It’s one of Spokane’s traditions – and, like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, it features a cast of thousands. It’s the Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops concerts, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.