The Spokane Symphony’s first concert of the new season will feature stunning cascades of classical music. The two-concert series showcases Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the composer’s death, and will also draw from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier suite. The highlight of the two shows may turn out to be performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by world-famous Russian violinist Ilya Kaler. A one-hour lecture is set to precede both performances, and is free for all ticketholders to attend. Whether you’re a Symphony regular or a new convert thanks to the group’s recent free park shows, this autumn kickoff promises to offer bountiful musical beauty.
Sat, Sept. 17, at 8 pm; Sun, Sept. 18, at 3 pm • $15-$54 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
— Isaac Handelman