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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. …


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 …


Symphony opener topped by Parker playing piano concerto

For the Spokane Symphony’s opening concerts this weekend, we have a harmonious match of man and music: Jon Kimura Parker playing the Grieg Piano Concerto. Among the connections:


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 …


Traveling da Vinci exhibit proves big hit for MAC

The final numbers are in for “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius.” About 38,000 people attended this summer-long traveling exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture …


A Fantastique start to a wide-ranging classical season

The region’s fall classical music scene should be fantastique, if not positively Callithumpian. First, we have Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, which will be the Spokane Symphony’s season opener Sept. 17 …


Symphony back for Labor Day weekend shows

Last year on Labor Day, if you wanted to hear “1812 Overture,” you had to stand in your backyard and hum it. This year, Spokane’s longtime Labor Day tradition has …


Symphony concert in Liberty Lake

The Spokane Symphony will present its annual Lud Kramer Memorial Concert on Saturday at Pavillion Park, Country Vista and Molter Road, in Liberty Lake. Community Development Director Doug Smith said …


Spotlight: Listen to all that’s playing this week

It’s time to start planning the live music portion of your Labor Day weekend. Here are my top suggestions:


Spotlight: Arts-related events set to honor 9/11 anniversary

We’re getting word of several arts-related events for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: • Evensong at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist , Sept. 11, 7 …


Symphony plays Fox tonight, Northern Quest on Saturday

Summer may be the off-season for orchestras, but the Spokane Symphony is keeping plenty busy. The symphony’s concerts tonight at The Fox and Saturday at Northern Quest Resort and Casino …


Spotlight: Serious attention for filmed-in-Spokane ‘Knights’

The Joe Lynch movie “Knights of Badassdom,” filmed in Spokane last summer, is getting some priceless national publicity. Entertainment Weekly gave this indie comedy/fantasy a full-page treatment in the “First …


Spotlight: Library offers free music downloads

On Monday, the Spokane Public Library will offer a legal way for you to download music for free. It’s called Freegal, and the library will be offering the entire Sony …


Symphony ‘Soiree’ Saturday at Arbor Crest

The Spokane Symphony is back in the mash-up business. For a second year, the symphony is presenting a program called “Soiree on the Edge” on Saturday at Arbor Crest Wine …


Spotlight: At first glance, ‘da Vinci’ impresses

I just walked through “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius” while installers and curators readied it for a Friday opening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. …


Spotlight: Carlile, Franti top Sandpoint lineup

The Festival at Sandpoint concerts were announced Thursday, and you might call it the back-by-popular-demand lineup. Three of the headliners have been big draws in previous Sandpoint summers at the …


Spotlight: ‘River Sorrow’ set to hit Cannes

Spokane will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Monday. That’s the day that “The River Sorrow,” filmed in Spokane by North by Northwest, will …


Eclectic company

Idina Menzel is the kind of singer whose credits include the New York Philharmonic, the Lilith Fair, the White House (in front of the Obamas) and the kinky off-Broadway musical …


Musicians take listeners on symphonic adventure

Jan Sibelius and Gustav Mahler took a walk in 1907. The two famous composers of symphonies discussed what attracted them to the form. Sibelius favored its severity of style and …


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 …


In addition to jazz, Brubeck Brothers will hit other notes as well

Growing up the son of jazz giant Dave Brubeck meant hanging around with some big musical names: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein. That heady combination of jazz and …


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. …


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 …


Review: Symphony entrances, poses identity query

Putting the Spokane Symphony head-to-head with Sir Elton John in competing concerts Friday made the symphony seem a bit like “A Candle in the Wind.” Unlike Sir Elton over at …


Preu takes his turn with ‘Carmina Burana’

It’s tempting to think of Carl Orff as a one-trick pony. The German composer wrote “Carmina Burana,” the most often performed and most popular of works for orchestra, chorus and …


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 …


Spotlight: Menzel will perform at The Fox in May

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 …


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 …


The fiddler at The Fox

Cape Breton Island is not actually a Celtic isle. It’s part of Nova Scotia, but it’s closer to Scotland than almost anywhere else in Canada, both metaphorically and literally.


Spokane Symphony’s upcoming season features Titanic tribute

The Spokane Symphony’s 2011-’12 season will offer a healthy variety of symphonic standards and new works, a touch of jazz and country-western, a new “Nutcracker” dance partner and location, and …