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  • Pop-sical

    The Spokane Symphony will put its orchestral might behind the voices of former American Idol contestants
  • Fiddling With Romance
  • Fiddling With Romance

    Date night at the symphony! This weekend's concerts offer a serenade suitable for swooning.
      started with one of those public-radio driveway moments. About a year and a half ago, Mateusz Wolski, concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, was tooling around town when, he says, âeuro;œI heard this fantastic piece on my car radio. âeuro;˜What is this concerto?âeuro;™ I asked myself âeuro;” I didnâeuro;™t know it.
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  • Clocking In
  • Clocking In

    The guy in front is sawing away at his cello, but what are he and all the other musicians thinking about?
      0:20 âeuro;” Musicians, like listeners, tell themselves little stories about the music. For flutist Bruce Bodden, the opening passage is all about âeuro;œan immense army snaking through the woods.âeuro;� And his flute phrase here? âeuro;œForest creatures peeking out from their hiding places.
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  • Smiling at Death
  • Smiling at Death

    Have you ever been sad? Then let the music of orchestra and choir wash over you. Stop trying to figure it all out.
      Julian Gomez Giraldo, the director of the Spokane Symphony Chorale, ought to know. He says that when his vocalists — roughly 20 each of sopranos and altos, tenors and basses — ascend the risers behind the orchestra to sing German lyrics drawn from...
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  • Accidental Festival
  • Accidental Festival

    The ivories will be ridden hard and put away wet over the next few weeks.
  • Musical Audibles
  • Musical Audibles

    “Woodwinds Slot Right, Percussion 25 Blast”: A conductor calls orchestral plays.
      In the NFL, quarterbacks are stressed before every snap — analyzing defenses, redeploying receivers, changing formations. And that’s before the play even begins. Once all those large bodies start hurtling around, the QB has even more “reads” to make..
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  • Who Needs Counseling?
  • Who Needs Counseling?

    Friday’s Symphony concert will show that composers are no more messed up than the rest of us.
      That’s why devoting a program to “Neurotic Composers” — as the Spokane Symphony Orchestra will on Friday night at the Fox — plays to popular prejudices. Oh, those oddball composers — always humming scraps of tunes, waving their arm about and looking skyward.
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  • Twenty Seconds Of Terror
  • Twenty Seconds Of Terror

    Waiting for the right light - and the spotlight - with photographer and clarinet player Chip Phillips.
      This weekend, Chip Phillips, principal clarinet for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, will step forward to perform as soloist in the half-hour-long Mozart concerto. How’s he feeling about the prospect? “Scared. I feel scared,” he says. “You know, people don’t realize this — they think we do this kind of thing all the time.
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  • Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet
  • Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet

    Elmer Fudd is still watching out for wabbits — but this time, he’ll be 15 feet tall and surrounded by an entire orchestra.
      Classical music: snooty and boring. Cartoon music: zany and fun! Like when the xylophone accompanies one of Wile E. Coyote’s screeching stops. But wait — in the old Warner Bros. animated comedies, classical music and cartoon music were the same thing. “Practically every kid in America got their first dose of classical music from these incredible cartoons,” said George Daugherty in a recent Playbill magazine interview.
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  • Critical Listener
  • Critical Listener

    Why are multiple recordings of rarely performed symphonies made? So conductors can scoff at them.
      Two minutes into the third movement (which is marked “Allegro agitato,” meaning “fast and frantic”), there’s a passage with the brass shouting over freaky strings, then a drumroll and throbbing basses. It sounds like a horror-movie soundtrack, and sure enough, Renata’s going nuts.
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  • Quint's Essence
  • Quint's Essence

    This weekend, Philippe Quint is gonna rock some Glazunov like Paganini on a balalaika.
      “But you know, I hear all this about classical music dying, not being popular, not being mainstream — I disagree with that. “I played at the Interlochen Festival [in Michigan, in July] — the Korngold concerto — and there were 2,000 youngsters attending the festival, mobbing the hall and waiting for autographs,” he says.
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  • Cuts in the Score
  • Cuts in the Score

    The Spokane Symphony’s offerings are diminishing. Is this a warning of further cuts or a wise retrenchment?
      Last%uFFFD Monday, a 24-year tradition was broken: The Spokane Symphony Orchestra didn’t play a free Labor Day concert at Comstock Park. The SSO also cancelled its October Super- Pops concert, downsized its office space and dipped into its endowment to the tune of $350,000.
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  • Musical Menagerie
  • Musical Menagerie

    Hear a musical collage beneath the sky.
      It ain’t cooling down at night anymore. It must be the season for Spokane Opera’s Hot August Nights, two magical evenings of free live music under the sweltering summer stars.This year&rsq
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  • The Rocky Show
  • The Rocky Show

    Dessert in a garden with Mozart — what’s not to like?
      Not a head-banging experience, then. But that’s the point: For a brief time, pampering yourself with a musical respite. For the 20th annual “Mozart on a Summer’s Eve,” music director and horn player Verne Windham has programmed an Allegro from Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico.
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  • Sassy Soiree
  • Sassy Soiree

    If the Spokane Symphony seems a little on edge recently, there’s a good reason for it.
      So the Symphony got creative. Enter “Soiree on the Edge”: A squeeze of musical juices from both “Symphony on the Edge” and the Chamber Soirees — the Symphony’s highly popular and intimate group performances, held three times a year in the Davenport Hotel’s Marie Antoinette Ballroom.
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  • A Brassy Bunch
  • A Brassy Bunch

    Ride your bike to St. George's to enjoy "Cycling Music" in the sunshine.
      Clarion has put on successful Christmas concerts for years, so William Berry — composer and guiding light of the brass ensemble — thought to himself, “Why not have a summer solstice concert?” But with minimal advertising in advance of this Sunday’s brass-band-on-the-greensward concert, how many people does Berry expect to show up?.
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  • Intoxicated by the Music
  • Intoxicated by the Music

    This weekend, the Spokane Symphony wants you to go on a tipsy, sugar-high bender.
      And for two hours before Sunday’s matinee concert, fathers will be able to celebrate their very own day by slurping up eight flavors of the Brain Freeze stuff, including chocolate fudge brownie, huckleberry, pink bubblegum, apple butter, and two...
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  • May the Forte Be With You
  • May the Forte Be With You

    Orchestra fans, put on your Sith gear.
      Just by listening to the score, one can mentally pinpoint the sagacious gaze emulating from Yoda’s glassy, half-mast eyes, the ominous appearance of Darth Vader and his red-cloaked cronies, the seedy Mos Eisley Cantina where fleshy-colored aliens...
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  • The French, Fried
  • The French, Fried

    One German maestro rates the Frenchiness of Friday night's French music.
      And it worked: No. 85 was La Reine’s — the queen’s, Marie Antoinette’s — favorite What’s French about it? The second movement (of four) presents several variations on a popular French song of the era. “He hammers that thing to death,” Preu says.
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  • They’re No Angels
  • They’re No Angels

    Harpists may smile sweetly, but they’re producing those heavenly melodies with their feet and fingernails
      Earecka Tregenza knows all about such intricacies. As principal harpist for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, she plays on a Lyon Healy (“widely considered to make the best harps in the world”) — the Salzedo model, in particular, named for Carlos...
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