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Spokane Symphony triumphs with Beethoven mini-festival

The Spokane Symphony staged a Beethoven mini-festival over the weekend with two excellent concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.


Symphony presents two concerts in honor of Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven reigns. Still. It’s hard to name a form in classical music – instrumental music, anyway – that listeners do not associate with Beethoven.


Pianist Rogé returns for Symphony’s opener

The Spokane Symphony opens its 2009-10 season with concerts Saturday and Sunday featuring pianist Pascal Rogé. Budget cuts because of the bad economy have forced some changes in the orchestra’s …


Sun, crowd emerge in time for Spokane Symphony concert

Usually people share blankets and lawn chairs, but this year umbrellas and big blue tarps were in high demand, too, as picnickers claimed their spots at the Spokane Symphony’s traditional …


Executive director confident of Spokane Symphony’s vision, future

The Spokane Symphony announced significant cost-cutting measures last week, including 20 percent pay cuts for administrative staff and a number of changes in the upcoming 2009-’10 repertoire. A number of …


Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ tops bill

If you are familiar with only one Mozart symphony, chances are it’s Symphony No. 41, “The Jupiter.” Maybe you’ve heard parts of it in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” Or maybe …


Symphony serves up a collection of family favorites

Disney has created many memorable images: The lion king with his cub, Aladdin with his lamp, beauty with her beast. Yet tonight, we’ll be reminded that Disney has also provided …


Symphony season ends on a high, extreme note

Extreme sports – those that emphasize extremes of speed plus a high level of physical exertion – enjoy great popularity. Saturday’s large audience at The Martin Woldson Theater at The …


Symphony ends season on extreme note

Extreme sports – those that emphasize extremes of speed plus a high level of physical exertion – enjoy great popularity. Saturday’s large audience at The Martin Woldson Theater at The …


No. 9 remains No. 1

When the words “Beethoven’s Ninth” are spoken, everyone knows it means Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 – not his ninth string quartet or ninth piano sonata. There are good …


Symphony solves Mozart puzzle

Classical concertgoers nowadays know their Mozart. Most people think of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as the greatest composer of 18th-century classicism. Some consider him the greatest composer of any period.


Event unites classical music, aerial tricks of Cirque de Soleil

Cirque de la Symphonie combines two venerable European traditions: classical music and the circus. Or, should we say, the cirque. This Spokane Symphony SuperPops concert features high-flying performers more in …


Symphony uncovers beauty in strangeness

The Spokane Symphony seldom has its classics concerts led by a guest conductor. It rarely programs modern works that might be called radical. And the orchestra plays few works by …


Symphony joins alternative musician

Brandi Carlile? The Seattle alternative singer-songwriter? Backed by an orchestra? That’s exactly what will happen in the second half of Carlile’s concert on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson …


Polishing up for Polish works

Poland might as well be Pluto for most American concertgoers. Certainly, classical audiences here know the music of Chopin and maybe one or two of the violin concertos of Wieniawski. …


Oft-neglected works get fine treatment at symphony

The Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu treated their audiences this weekend by contrasting two unfamiliar works with one that is a staple of the concerto repertoire. Preu began the …


Trio’s a charm for Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein wasn’t born playing the cello. But it didn’t take long for her to start; she was 4 when she began lessons. Still, she did not play Antonin Dvorak’s …


Symphony celebrates Mancini

Most people would say Frank Sinatra or the Beatles created the soundtrack of the 1960s. However, you can make an excellent case for Enrico Nicola Mancini, better known as Henry …


Snap, classics, pops at 2009-10 Spokane Symphony

A new “Beethoven Bash,” pops at The Fox and a different dance partner for “The Nutcracker” will be among the highlights of the Spokane Symphony’s 2009-2010 season. Season tickets go …


Back to the Factory

When the Spokane Symphony crosses Monroe Street, lots of things change besides the “walk” light. Members of the symphony will leave their posh art deco venue at the Fox Friday …


Symphony offers mystical experience

The Spokane Symphony and the women of the Symphony Chorale soared to space this weekend. The concert was a visual and sonic spectacular with the music of Gustav Holst’s “The …


Symphony’s music will be out of this world

The world of classical music is big – very big. The Spokane Symphony, Music Director Eckart Preu and the Symphony Chorale will take this weekend’s audiences at the Martin Woldson …


A stirring celebration of our 16th president

Spokane Symphony audiences enjoyed a rare treat this weekend. World premieres carry their own thrill, but rarely does an audience find itself witnessing a masterful composer celebrating a great occasion …


Commissioned Lincoln Bicentennial music premieres

Abraham Lincoln liked music. As a younger man, he enjoyed a good fiddle tune with his fellow lawyers when traveling to the Illinois circuit courts. When he became president, he …


‘Three Broadway Divas,’ Spokane Symphony SuperPops

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


At a glance: Spokane Symphony

What: Works by Bartok, Dvorak and Beethoven, with guest pianist Chris O’Riley. When: Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.


Pianist Christopher O’Riley steps in as second replacement for symphony concerts

The Spokane Symphony got two big surprises as it approached its first pair of classical concerts of 2009 – and neither was the kind of surprise that conductors or symphony …


Blazing Banjos

When it comes to high-brow musical respect, the banjo ranks somewhere below the accordion and above the kazoo. In fact, according to banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, some people discover they …


Symphony offers pair of firsts

Spokane Symphony audiences will hear two debuts this weekend at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The American cellist Julie Albers will make her Spokane debut playing a concerto …


Symphony scares up kids program

On the day after Halloween, why not treat your kids to some “suites” with their sweets? “In The Hall of the Mountain King,” from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, will be …