Pianist Lara Downes has always worn her artistic influences on her sleeve. Her 2018 record For Lenny was a loving tribute to the songbook of Leonard Bernstein, and this year’s release Holes in the Sky is a celebration of female songwriters and features appearances from the likes of Judy Collins and Rhiannon Giddens. It makes sense, then, that one of her upcoming local concerts will benefit Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that emphasizes physical fitness in pre-teen girls and has been implemented in several elementary schools around Spokane. Downes will also be performing on March 1 with the Spokane Symphony, accompanying vocalist Thomas Hampson.
Sat, March 2 at 7 pm • $30-$75 • Patsy Clark Mansion • 2208 W. Second • gotrspokane.org • 920-474-6875
— Nathan Weinbender