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Review: Prince’s ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ showcases his musical brilliance

The Firesign Theatre comedy troupe once released an album aimed at upending expectations and assumed knowledge. It was titled “Everything You Know Is Wrong.” Such a phrase comes to mind …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Solo or duo, Sugarland proves its talent is intact

Country duo Sugarland was in town Friday in support of their sixth studio album, “Bigger,” bringing a close to the five-year hiatus the pair took after completing the “In Your …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Concert review: Jason Aldean leaves his country tattoo on town

Anticipation morphed into mania. Jason Aldean appeared on the stage after most fans had been waiting in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for nearly two hours on Saturday night.


Review: Ed Sheeran shows vast talent in new album ‘Divide’

On “Divide,” the British singer-songwriter shoots out a dozen, vastly different songs that showcase his tremendous musical ability, from misty ballads to hip-hop. Each one is calculated to find a …


Review: Madness CD offers carnival of sounds and characters

“Can’t Touch Us Now” is an invitation into the Madness carnival of sounds, brimming with intriguing, colorful characters.


Album review: Adele returns to explain the big emotions of your life on ‘25’

Adele’s fans have been waiting for years for new Adele songs to explain their experiences to them. And they get a worthy batch on “25,” an album so full of …


New album a strong entry in Rogers’ catalog

Kenny Rogers enters his 75th year with an album that blends the familiar with the challenging, seeking new hits and pursuing new ideas even as he enters the Country Music …


Virtuoso Conrad Tao carries Beethoven’s burden for Spokane Symphony

As a grand finale to the 2012-13 season, the Spokane Symphony’s music director, Eckart Preu, conceived the idea of a three-concert festival featuring all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos, …


Review: Romance conquers Spokane Symphony

The romantic movement that dominated European culture in the 19th century produced countless musical masterpieces that continue to draw audiences to concert halls. Three diverse examples of musical romanticism formed …


Review: Spokane Symphony guides listeners to music’s meaning

How does music mean? If we ask, rather, “What does music mean,” the answer, of course, is “nothing,” for meaning is not intrinsic to a work of art, but an …


Review: Symphony uses Spanish flair to impart color

One of the great joys of orchestral music is that it can be enjoyed in many different ways. One can listen for beautiful melodies or delightful combinations of instrumental sounds, …


Review: Violinist, symphony give magnificent show

We lovers of concert music in Spokane are much indebted to the generosity of individual benefactors and foundations. Thanks to gifts from the Johnston-Fix and Mary Jewett Gaiser foundations, weekend …


Symphony review: Berlioz’s vision brought to life

The splendid auditorium of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is a veritable riot of color: flamingo pink, pea green, azure, teal, rose, silver and gold, all simultaneously calling …


Symphony review: Virtuosos rise to ‘Quixote’ challenge

This spring in Spokane has been fertile for fanciers of fine cello playing. The Northwest Bach Festival concluded on March 18 with a performance of J.S. Bach’s cello suites 1-3 …


Review: Concert ‘reimagines’ Bach in 13 ways

The third concert of this year’s Northwest Bach Festival featured piano virtuoso Lara Downes, who performed the 2004 work “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Re-Imagined” on Saturday …


Orchestra review: The highs and lows of interpretation

Saturday’s concert of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox illustrated both the benefits and the risks of building a program out of acclaimed masterpieces. …


Symphony review: Accordion tango proves hard to match

The marketing slogan for this year’s Spokane Symphony season is simply “Say WOW.” Music Director Eckart Preu explains: “One of our goals this year is to surprise you at every …


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 …


Review: Symphony showcases talent blend

The well-dressed crowd that poured into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for Saturday’s opening concert of the Spokane Symphony’s 2011-12 season was rewarded by an evening of music-making …


Review: Pianist makes ‘mercurial’ Schumann concerto personal

Pianist Gabriela Montero made her two-year-delayed first appearance with the Spokane Symphony at The Fox on Saturday, and the fire and charm of her performance made the wait seem worthwhile. …


Preu, Spokane Symphony explore Mozart’s range of emotions

Mozart rules! That was the Spokane Symphony’s message in a dramatic performance of an all-Mozart program Saturday night at The Fox. Conductor Eckart Preu opened the concert with the overture …


Review: Range of moods, playing brilliance are fitting end to Bach Festival

The 33rd annual Northwest Bach Festival ended Saturday at St. John’s Cathedral with a stunning survey of 160 years of keyboard music. Pianist Randall Hodgkinson brought a brilliant technique and …


Review: Festival explores breadth of Bach’s influence

The first two concerts of this year’s Northwest Bach Festival celebrated the net Bach cast over the musical world. Bach knew music written long before his birth, and Bach’s compositions …


Review: Spokane Symphony rises to guest conductor’s challenge

Guest conductor Daniel Hege led the Spokane Symphony in a program that let the players’ range of colors and flow of energy illuminate every piece. Both the orchestra and the …


Symphony review: Rich, rare, with dose of intrigue

The Spokane Symphony’s Casual Classics concert Friday started life as a quirky marketing ploy. The program was advertised as “CSI Spokane: Unusual Composer Deaths.” But the evening blossomed into some …


Ssq Opens New Season With Intense Performance

The Spokane String Quartet Tuesday, Nov. 18, The Met Romantic music can be powerful stuff, or merely beautiful. The Spokane String Quartet opened its 1997-98 season Tuesday night at The …


Symphony Opener Special Performance

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Nov. 2, The Met The Spokane Symphony seems to have a little secret known only to a small group of concert goers. Its concert at …


Allegro Opens New Season With Glimpse Of London

Allegro Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Met Allegro opened its season Tuesday with a concert featuring enough musical characters to populate a Hogarth engraving. “Handel’s London” was the title of the …


Small-Town Angst Drives Makers On Crisp New Album

The Makers song “Small Town Depression” sets the tone for the Spokane band’s latest raucous album, “Hunger.”


Violinist Steven Staryk Dazzles With Style

Spokane String Quartet Tuesday, May 13, The Met Steven Staryk sure can play the violin. What else can I say? Anyone at The Met Tuesday night would bear me out. …