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Verne talks to Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe and guest tenor soloist William Ferguson about the Symphony's Masterworks 2: Beethoven's Soul. 

Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 2 will be performed Saturday, October 9, at 8PM, and Sunday, October 10, at 3PM. For tickets and more information, please visit https://spokanesymphony.org/2021-2022-masterworks-series/.

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Symphony Week concludes with an interview and in-studio performance from Spokane Symphony's James Lowe and acclaimed feature violinist Bella Hristova. The first of the Symphony's Masterworks concerts will include Hailstork, Sibelius, and Brahms, with Lowe conducting. 

Masterworks 1: The Return of the Symphony will be performed Saturday, September 18, at 8 pm, and Sunday, September 19, at 3pm. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/2021-2022-masterworks-series/.

A long-standing KPBX tradition returns after a COVID-caused hiatus. It's Symphony Week, five mornings dedicated to the upcoming concert seasons of regional orchestras, with a special emphasis on the return of the Spokane Symphony to the stage of the Fox Theater for performance in front of a live audience. In this first segment Verne Windham welcomes Symphony Music Director James Lowe and Executive Director Jeff Vom Saal, along with Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski for conversation and a few music samples.

Verne connects with James Lowe, Conductor of Spokane Symphony, about Labor Day concerts in area parks.

Performances will take place Saturday, September 4, at 6 PM, at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake, and at Riverfront Park Monday, September 6, at 6PM. An Open House in celebration of the Fox Theater's 90th Birthday will take place Friday, September 3 from Noon to 4pm.

Courtesy of Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Patrons who plan to attend performances at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox will now be required to show proof of vaccination – or negative COVID-19 test.

Spokane Symphony Executive Director Jeff vom Saal said during an interview Monday the changes would go into effect September 7.

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Principal trombonist for the Spokane Symphony, John Church, visits the studio in advance of John Church & Friends--an outdoor performance at Brickwest Brewing on Wednesday, August 11, at 7pm. Tiffany Wang accompanies John in the performance studio with a preview of the show.

For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/symphony-summer-concerts/.  

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Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to share highlights of the upcoming 2021-22 season with Peter Glarborg. For season subscriptions and more information, visit https://www.spokanesymphony.org/.

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Spokane Symphony's Music Director, James Lowe, visits the studio to talk about the final concerts in the @ Home series, "Overtones: Connecting Music, Art & Science," which combine performance, interviews, interdisciplinary inspiration, and more. The series continues April 30th with "Individualism, " on May 14th with "Light," and concludes with "Heaven & Earth," on May 28th. Shows in the series will be available online through April of 2022.

Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visitis the KPBX studio for conversation with Jim Tevenan around music during the pandemic, an upcoming performance with pianist  Archie Chen and more.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe checks in from Scotland and Chris Maccini introduces us to Seattle-based historian and author Dr. Daudi Abe, one of this year’s speakers at Spokane Community College’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Dan Webster weighs in on a new Netflix romance novel adaptation, and we’ll enjoy a bit of music form the Spokane Piston and Rotary Cl

ub, too.

This week’s NWAR includes Chris Maccini’s conversation with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook around the state of poetry in this time of pandemic. Pianist and music educator Jody Graves reflects on her earliest experiences with her instrument, Dan Webster’s offers his take on a new Ryan Murphy film musical, and we get a reminder from James Lowe about a virtual Spokane Symphony performance happening very soon.

Opus 12 of Music That Matters remembers a pioneering concert artist and legendary teacher, Camilla Wicks. As a female musician she shone as a brilliant performer while breaking barriers, clearing the way for the current generation of women in music. As teacher she offered not only instruction in technique and interpretation, but also insights into music and the people who make it.

We're mixing things up a bit today, beginning with Chris Maccini’s conversation with artist and author A. Kendra Greene, who takes us on a journey to some quite remarkable Icelandic museums, Jim Tevenan checks in with the Spokane Symphony’s James Lowe, still at home in Scotland, and Verne Windham reintroduces us to Gonzaga University Director of Dance, Suzanne Ostersmith. Our music today, Anton Arensky's Variations on a Tchaikovsky melody played by El Paso Pro-Musica, connects with Verne and Suzanne's chat.

Spokane Symphony Postpones 75th Anniversary Season For A Year

Jul 23, 2020
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The Spokane Symphony says it is postponing its upcoming 75th anniversary season for a year because of the coronavirus.

The traditional Labor Day weekend concerts at Liberty Lake and Comstock Park have been cancelled. The rest of the season, include masterworks and pops concerts, will be pushed back until the ‘21-’22 season, says executive director Jeff vom Saal.

“While it’s unfortunate to have to wait, I really do feel it’s the right thing," he said.

Today, we meet the host of a program new to KPBX, but familiar to KSFC listeners. Her name is Sarah Aronson, and her program, The Write Question, which now follows NWAR each Thursday afternoon on KPBX. Also, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe reports from his home in Edinborough, Scotland, updating us on his hopes and trepidations as the Symphony plans it next steps. And Dan Webster will be by with a film review. Our music going in is courtesy of Ludwig Van Beethoven, by way of the Spokane String Quartet.  

On this edition of Northwest Arts Review, we again hear from Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe who has been quite busy producing podcasts and playlists to keep the SSO, its musicians and its music in the public consciousness during this time of live performance deprivation. We also welcome musician and educator Dan Keberle for music and conversation honoring the memory of his brother David, whose visits with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra as featured clarinetist are fondly remembered by many Spokanites.

Our focus this week remains on the COVID-19’s disruptive effects on the arts at all levels and in all dimensions. We’ll spend time with Methow Valley artist and art teacher Erik Brooks and Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe. Dan Webster drops by to share another visual diversion for this homebound time, and we’ll hear from Nathaniel de la Cruz, another of the CdA Symphony Young Artist winners.  

Facilities managers are dealing with the question of how to proceed with future events now that Washington Governor Jay Inslee has mandated that large scale public events be cancelled in three western Washington counties, due to the potential health issues related to the Coronavirus.

Spokane Symphony executive director Jeff Vom Saal says his organization is working make sure the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is safe.

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Conductor Morihiko Nakahara visits the studio to discuss Spokane Symphony's "Masterworks 7: Appalachian Spring," which will include Copland's masterpiece of the same name, along with selections from Gershwin, Glass, and Bernstein. Also in the studio is guest clarinetist Stephen Williamson, to perform a preview of the program and discuss his career in music.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks 6 celebrates Valentine's Day with works by Debussy, Ravel, and Tomasi. James Lowe, Music Director, and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti visit the studio to discuss the program and perform a preview.

Masterworks 6 will be performed Saturday, February 8, at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 9, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks-6-music-for-valentines-day.

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Spokane Symphony's 2019 - 2020 Season continues with Masterworks 5: Beethoven's 250th Birthday. Guest Conductor Mark Russell Smith (of Quad City Symphony Orchestra) and world-renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich visit the studio to talk about Beethoven, the violin, and more.

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The M Show is back! Host and Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski visits the studio with guests, Spokane Poet Laureate (and trumpet player) Chris Cook and aerialist John Hernandez, to talk about this incarnation of the musical variety show.

The M Show No. 1 will be performed at 8 PM, Saturday, January 11 at The Knitting Factory. For tickets and more information visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/the-m-show-music-mayhem-and-mystery171/.

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James Lowe, Music Director of the Spokane Symphony, visits the studio to discuss the tradition of the Holiday Pops and this season's program, featuring guest vocalist Vanessa Williams.

Spokane Symphony performed the Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams Saturday, December 21, at 8PM, and Sunday, December 22, at 2 PM.

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Spokane Symphony's Masterworks series continues with a commemoration of the Moon Landing. Guest conductor Roger Kalia visits the studio with Spokane Symphony's new Marketing Director, Kathy Gustafson, and Director of Education Programs, Janet Napoles, for a discussion of the concert's program and multi-media presentations.

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Spokane Symphony Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara, and guest cellist Joshua Roman visit the studio for a conversation about Masterworks 3:  Soviet Transcendence, which includes pieces by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. 

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Spokane Symphony's new season continues with "Garden Romance," a program featuring works by Shostakovitch, Satie, Rodrigo, and Mozart. In the studio with a preview are Music Director James Lowe and guest artist, guitarist Robert Belinic.

Spokane Symphony's "Garden Romance" performance will take place Saturday, October 5th, at 8 PM, and Sunday, October 6th, at 3 PM. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/masterworks145/.

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Symphony Week wraps up with Spokane Symphony's Music Director, James Lowe, and Guest Pianist, William Wolfram, discussing American masterpieces and their approaches to interpretting and performing them. 

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Day three of Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio brings another conversation with James Lowe, Musical Director of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, this time on the subject of music and health, with Dr. John J. Demakas, Chief Medical Officer of MultiCare Neuroscience Institute. Two Symphony musicians, Larry Jess (Principal Trumpet) and Patrick McNally (Principal Double Bass) join the program to discuss their work as musicians before and after health crises. 

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"Creative" doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the versatility of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. In a studio interview, three musicians, joined by Dan Cotter, general manager, and Jake Ray, box office manager, described what it takes to create programs with themes of mayhem and mystery, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, rock music and movies, and more.  Listen and be inspired!

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It's Symphony Week at Spokane Public Radio, and Jim Tevenan welcomes James Lowe for his first season as Music Director of the Spokane Symphony. Also in the studio, with an overview of the Symphony's 74th season, an update on the "State of the Symphony," and news of the Movies & Music programs are Jeff vom Saal (Executive Director), Bethany Schoeff-Cotter (Director of Artistic Administration & Orchestra Personnel Manager), and Brian Ritter (General Manager of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox).

As a bonus, trumpeter Eric Moe performs.