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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Spokane Symphony offers brilliant Beethoven on NYE

On Tuesday night, a packed house at the Fox was led on this journey by Morihiko Nakahara, resident conductor of the Spokane Symphony, joined by the Spokane Symphony Chorale, directed …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

Nakahara leads Spokane Symphony confidently through ‘Soviet Transcendence’

Led by resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara and joined by cello soloist Joshua Roman, the orchestra offered a program of works by Arvo Pärt (1935-), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Sergei Prokofiev …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Review: Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, double bassist Gary Karr perform works with panache

The late Myrtle Woldson bestowed two outstanding concert halls on Spokane: the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, home of the Spokane Symphony and performance venue for a growing variety …


Esteemed double bassist Gary Karr is all about that bass, no treble

Acclaimed double bassist Gary Karr is 77 years old, but his nearly life-long love affair with the musical instrument is as strong as ever. “I think I’m sexually attracted to …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 6, 2019

Lowe’s clarity, honesty highlight ‘Masterworks 2’ with superior guitarist Belinic

While music lovers in Spokane have been eager to get to know James Lowe, the new music director of the Spokane Symphony, we must recognize that he has been anxious …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Review: James Lowe makes confident, energetic debut with Spokane Symphony

Was the listener merely projecting his feelings on what he heard, or was there not something special about the rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” that opened the first concert …


Review: Zuill Bailey shakes things up in BachFest fall season debut

Since assuming the role of artistic director of the Northwest BachFest, Zuill Bailey has not only continued its elevation into the front ranks of similar events in our country, but …


Orchestra searching for child who charmed crowd with ‘wow!’

America’s oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert.


Washington’s Charlie Albright stars in Spokane Symphony’s season opening show

Spokane Symphony season opening concert features Washington pianist Charlie Albright.


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018

Symphony review: Mateusz Wolski triumphant in Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Passing through the lobby of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Friday evening, one repeatedly heard people remark, “I can’t wait for the Brahms!” “The Brahms” they referred …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Youth concerts program seeks to grow young enthusiasts into lifelong musicians

After decades of declining attendance and funding, American symphonic orchestras are increasingly turning their efforts toward musical education and outreach in the hopes of cultivating a new generation of connoisseurs.


100 years ago in Spokane: New York Symphony Orchestra plays in Spokane

A large crowd gathered at the Auditorium Theater to hear the New York Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Walter Damrosch.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Bach review: Bailey, Bodinger bring Bach’s Gamba sonatas to beautiful life

Written for a cello-like instrument called the viola de gamba, Bach’s three Sonatas for Viola de Gamba and Harpsichord present challenges for cello players. Zuill Bailey and harpsichordist John Bodinger …


Zuill Bailey, artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, earns Grammy nomination

Northwest Bach Festival artistic director has a good day, with Grammy nod and Innovator acknowledgment.


Bird whistlers add local notes to Spokane Symphony’s ‘Pines of Rome’

The world’s original songsters will get a featherweight share of the spotlight at the


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago John Philip Sousa, the nation’s undisputed “band king,” brought his massed band to Natatorium Park in Spokane and played two shows in front of …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A columnist named “Madame Isebell” in the Spokane Daily Chronicle provided what was headlined as “Home Exercises for Fleshy Women.”


Symphony mixes Pärt, Bach, Brahms

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will perform blessed music by Arvo Pärt, Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms this weekend at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The …


Review: Symphony soars, has plenty to Like

Friday evening’s performance by the Spokane Symphony really compelled the listener to, in the words of the orchestra’s marketing campaign, “Say WOW.” While “Casual Classics” may be the title of …


Classical scene hits high notes this weekend

Classical music hits a crescendo in the region this weekend, with Opera Coeur d’Alene, the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane String Quartet and pianist Simone Dinnerstein all performing on area stages. …


Longtime S-R music critic steps down

One key name will be missing from the new Spokane Symphony season: Travis Rivers. The Spokesman-Review’s veteran music critic has decided to step down after covering the region’s classical music …


Symphony observes centennial of composer’s death in finales

Gustav Mahler’s contemporaries acknowledged him as a masterful, passionately intense and busy conductor. Oh, yes, and in his spare time Mahler also wrote 10 symphonies and nearly 50 songs. He …


Two years later, Montero has arrived

Gabriela Montero was scheduled to play with the Spokane Symphony in January 2009. But the pianist asked to be released from her contract to join Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and …


Symphony celebrates legendary composer

Symphony concerts are seldom devoted to a single composer, unless there is an anniversary. Of course, the three Bs – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – are regular exceptions. So is …


Unlikely path brings Hege to The Fox

Daniel Hege failed to follow the traditional route to a conducting career. Despite some back roads, and some fortunate twists, the path has led him to the music directorships of …


Youth symphony considers top résumés for artistic director

When Spokane Youth Symphony’s artistic director Verne Windham announced his retirement from the orchestras in 2009, everyone knew he’d be extremely difficult to replace. The question on everybody’s mind was: …


Spokane Symphony’s Labor Day concert to return

The Spokane Symphony’s Comstock Park Concert on Labor Day will be revived in September, thanks to a three-year sponsorship from Sterling Savings Bank.


Symphony, violinist shine in season opener

The Spokane Symphony brought brilliance and intensity to its season-opening concert Saturday night at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Flashy works are standard fare for opening night programs, …


Classical music season looks promising despite financial woes

The Spokane Symphony informally launched the local classical music season with a Labor Day weekend performance at Liberty Lake – but not its traditional concert at Comstock Park, canceled for …


Symphony cancels Labor Day concert

The Spokane Symphony announced Thursday that it is canceling its annual Labor Day concert at Comstock Park this year as part of a series of budget cuts prompted by a …