The Spokane Symphony kicks off its new season with a show that should make for an ideal date night (or afternoon) for both classical music lovers and neophytes. Conductor Eckart Preu will lead the players through works by Alexander von Zemlinsky (The Mermaid), Johannes Brahms (Concerto for Violin and Cello) and Johann Strauss II (Blue Danube Waltz), and the symphony will be joined by two ace guest musicians. Violinist Jessica Lee has “breathtaking dexterity,” according to the Chicago Tribune, while cellist Peter Stumpf’s skills made him the principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a dozen years.
Spokane Symphony’s Classics 1: Opening Night Romance • Sat, Sept. 9 at 8 pm; Sun, Sept. 10 at 3 pm • $17-$60 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
— Dan Nailen