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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

Symphony review: Richard Dowling plays music by the teenage Chopin

Richard Dowling returned to Spokane on Thursday night to perform a program of music for the piano composed by Frederic Chopin as a teenager.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Symphony review: The Silver-Garburg duo join Spokane Symphony in a work both new and old

Headlining the fourth in this season’s Classics Concerts by the Spokane Symphony was the return to our city of the piano duo of Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 11:27 p.m.

Spokane Symphony review: Brilliant concerto lights up the Fox

Berloiz, Tchaikovsky and Bates all give the talented orchestra and its resident conductor an ample canvas for making art.


Review: Symphony, vocalists and Preu make their mark on Mahler’s huge Third Symphony

Many people gathered early in the Fox Theater on Saturday night expecting to hear the customary preconcert lecture by conductor Eckart Preu on the sole work on that evening’s program: …


Review: The art of orchestration brings Spokane Symphony season to close

The Spokane Symphony concluded its season this weekend with a gala concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, celebrating the power of symphonic music and demonstrating its ability …


Spokane Symphony Chorale excels in ‘Carmina Burana’

Betty Kiemle had a birthday last week, and decided to throw a party and invite some friends. The arts patron and Spokane Symphony benefactor’s notion of a party venue is …


Spokane Symphony review: “Don Juan,” Mozart, “Romeo and Juliet”

The Spokane Symphony began its 2016 concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox by setting itself a new benchmark. We heard a performance of Richard Strauss’ popular tone …


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, …


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: Mahler work gets sublime treatment

How far can you travel from Spokane in one hour and 20 minutes? By car, you can reach Moses Lake; by plane, Portland. If you took a seat in the …


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: Singers add drama to symphony stage

Four fine young singers joined Eckart Preu and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra on Friday for a delightful evening of arias, ensembles and orchestral works from the world of opera. The …


Symphony review: ‘Russian’ concert inspires, thrills

The Spokane Symphony chose the name “Russian Drama” for this weekend’s concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Many, however, may have wondered what was Russian about the …


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: 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. …


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: A fitting celebration of the Fox’s rebirth

The Spokane Symphony celebrated the third anniversary of the opening of the refurbished Fox theater on Saturday with a concert that combined high energy and intimate beauty. The performance in …


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 …


Mechetti Leads Evening Of Top-Notch Music-Making

Spokane Symphony and Chorale Friday, Nov. 14, Opera House The Spokane Symphony and a sold-out house welcomed back music director Fabio Mechetti who led an outstanding concert Friday at the …


A Moving, Joyous Mahler Performance

Spokane Symphony Orchestra Friday, Opera House The Spokane Symphony Orchestra ended its 1996-97 season Friday with a rare and beautiful performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. For me, it …


Bacharach Helps Orchestra Sparkle

Burt Bacharach, Spokane Symphony SuperPops Spokane Opera House, Saturday night We knew that Burt Bacharach would perform hit song after hit song. After all, this is a songwriter whose hits …


Roge’s Piano Makes Music For Memories

Pascal Roge was the solo pianist Friday night.


Midwinter Music Breaks Bleakness

Spokane Symphony’s “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” Sunday, The Met Spokane’s midwinter weather, like that of England, can be a trial. Sunday at The Met, conductor Fabio Mechetti and the Spokane …