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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Spokane Symphony launches new season at a high level

Vienna-themed concert brings out the best in conductor Preu, the symphony and guest musicians.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Concert review: Perlman fuses art and life and Northwest Bach Festival

“Navah Perlman’s Unforgettable Musical Memoirs,” presented as part of the Northwest Bach Festival SummerFest series, reviewed Friday at Hamilton Studio.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

In sold-out Spokane performance, Keith Urban steals hearts, leaves a guitar

Keith Urban kicked off the Spokane stop of his “ripCORD World Tour” by strutting up to the microphone, flashing a wide smile and strumming a banjo. Australian superstar Urban and …


Concert review: Michael McDonald’s hair may be gray, but his voice remains vibrant

Age has turned McDonald’s once dark hair white, but it hasn’t dulled the emotion in his voice when he sings; it meant as much for McDonald and the band to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Concert review: At 84, Willie Nelson still has the power to thrill a crowd

Obviously, most of the fans came for Nelson – except for one who repeatedly shouted, “Kacey,” during her set – but Musgraves’s smooth-as-butter voice and skillful guitar playing kept them …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Concert review: The B-52’s rock the lobster - and other classic tunes - at the Festival at Sandpoint

The iconic pop band from Athens, Gerogia keeps the party rolling with an energetic set on the festival’s opening weekend.


Concert review: Once Toby Keith kicked into gear, his Northern Quest show really took off

Toby Keith’s stage presence did not fully evolve until the second half of the show. His band, featuring incredible musicians delivering enthusiastic performances, initially outshined Keith, as the upbeat music …


From the archive: In 2003 show at Spokane Arena, Linkin Park electrified

In wake of the reported suicide of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, we’re reprinting a review of the band’s 2003 performance at Spokane Arena.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Concert review: Sammy Hagar and the Circle let loose with a top notch set of rockin’ hits

The set list at Northern Quest on Friday touched on various stages of Hagar’s career – from Montrose and his solo stuff to Van Halen and beyond. And there was …


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Concert review: Paul Simon brings his best in Spokane Arena show

The legendary American singer-songwriter shines in performing classic and new material before an enthusiastic Spokane crowd.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:11 p.m.

Modest Mouse kicks off spring tour on high note with Spokane show

Kicking off its spring tour, Modest Mouse pulled tunes from its entire discography for Knitting Factory show.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Concert review: Hill and McGraw thrill fans with their chemistry, talent at Arena show

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill honored 20 years of marriage through a musical journey of romance where obvious chemistry and unmatched talent were on display. The country superstars brought their …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

U2’s ‘Joshua Tree Tour’ brings famed album, more hits to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field

U2’s “The Joshua Tree Tour” brings the famed album and more hits to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.


Symphony and vocalists bring season to a close on a tremendous note

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Concert: From their points of view, Jimmy Eat World show was the place to be

Arizona band that rose to fame with the album “Bleed American” in 2001, drew a big crowd in Spokane on Tuesday.


Spokane Symphony finds ample romance in weekend program

Throughout the Brahms symphony, the orchestra surpassed itself in beauty and richness of tone, suppleness of phrasing and sheer stamina. As long as it continues to perform like that, we …


Review: Black Violin’s mash up of classical and hip-hop entertaining for all ages

“The point of our show is breaking stereotypes and thinking outside of the box,” Black Violin’s Kev Marcus said. “We wanted to be professional violinists but wanted to wear fitted …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Audience can’t hold back applause for symphony and soloist Beilman

The first thing one learns in attending concerts of classical music is never to applaud between movements. Doing so, we are told, shows disrespect for the composer’s intentions and the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Eric Church pulls out the stops, putting voice, guitar and showmanship on stage at Spokane Arena.

Church, winner of five ACM and three CMA awards, played his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” without any supporting acts to a nearly packed Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Concert review: Elton John keeps the hits coming

Elton John played Sunday night to a packed Spokane Arena on his “Wonderful Crazy Night” tour.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Bach Festival: ‘Tales of Hemingway’ showcases Bailey, Daugherty at their finest

At Barrister Winery on Thursday, Zuill Bailey, distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, performed in an event that was as much a celebration as a recital. …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

Spokane Symphony electrifies crowd with Ravel

No concerts of the current season of the Spokane Symphony have displayed the power of the orchestra so brilliantly as those that took place this weekend in the Martin Woldson …


Bach Festival: ‘Three Dancers’ a riveting new work

While Piers Lane and Zuill Bailey collaborated beautifully on works by Chopin and Beethoven, the real star on Friday night was the Northwest Back Festival unveiling of “The Three Dancers.”


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

Concert review: Blake Shelton’s voice shines brightest at Arena show

Blake Shelton’s charisma and carefree smile lit up the stage from the first notes he sang. His vocals during the live performance surpassed the recording, and there was a careful …


A pianistic odyssey opens the Northwest Bach Festival’s Classics series

Piers Lane, the Australian pianist, treated the crowd at Barrister Winery to some lovely playing a strong second half.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

Spokane Symphony explores what it is to be American

Coming on the heels of the presidential inauguration, the Spokane Symphony’s program Saturday allowed us to contemplate what it means to be American by seeing how the question was answered …


Symphony review: In return engagement, Pavel Baleff partners with pianist Fei-Fei Dong

​​Conductor Pavel Baleff first appeared with the Spokane Symphony three years ago in a program of Brahms and Schumann so beautifully presented that audiences were left awaiting his return eagerly. …


Review: Ringo Starr brings his pals to Spokane for a lively, music-filled night

Ex-Beatle and His All Starr Band burn through 25 tracks in a fun two-hour show.


Review: Soloist, Spokane Symphony transform familiar music

The audience at Friday’s concert by the Spokane Symphony were not merely passive onlookers. They witnessed, and one hopes participated in, the power of music to transform any subject it …


Review: Dolly Parton proves style and substance shine brighter than glitter

From the blond wigs and the fake nails, to the painted-on face and more rhinestones than should be legal, Parton could easily be a caricature. Because what’s real about Dolly …