“The Spokane Symphony, to mark the 10th anniversary of the restored Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, has a few special events planned for its upcoming 2017-18 season,” writes Carolyn Lamberson in Sunday’s (3/5) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). “The Classic Series is centered on the ‘three Bs of classical music’—Beethoven, Brahms and Bach—and will feature an appearance by the Spokane-raised opera star [Thomas] Hampson. The SuperPops series will include visits by the Mambo Kings, Judy Collins, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Also planned are special joint productions with Opera Coeur d’Alene (Carmen) and Spokane Civic Theatre (West Side Story).” The season will open on September 9 with Music Director Eckart Preu leading Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with soloists Jessica Lee and Peter Stumpf, and Strauss’s “Blue Danube” Waltz. Also planned are Dai Fujikura’s Banitza Groove; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and the U.S. premiere of Torsten Rasch’s “Tropoi” Violin Concerto, both featuring soloist Mira Wang; Grant Still’s Second Symphony (“Song of a New Race’); Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony; Mark O’Connor’s Triple Concerto with the Ahn Trio (Lucia Ahn, piano; Angella Ahn, violin; Maria, Ahn, cello); Chabrier’s España; Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole; Debussy’s Iberia; and folk dances by Enrique Granados.
Posted March 8, 2017