Conductor strikes back: After accident, James Lowe steps in to conduct ‘Star Wars’ performance with mid-concert handoff to injured conductor

By  Emma Epperly The Spokesman-Review May 5, 2024 As stormtroopers, Chewbacca and Darth Vader entertained the crowd in the lobby of the Fox Theater half an hour past starting time for the Spokane Symphony’s “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” show Saturday evening, Music Director James Lowe was backstage opening the score ...

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The Spokane Symphony sends off three percussionists retiring after more than four decades each with the orchestra

By Azaria Podplesky The Inlander May 2, 2024 At the end of the Spokane Symphony's current 78th season, three musicians will put away their music stands for the final time, taking a combined 142 years of symphony percussion experience with them. Paul Raymond, Bryan Bogue and Rick Westrick joined the symphony in ...

By |2024-05-06T11:03:01-07:00May 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Symphony Review: James Ross conducts Masterworks 7 with clarity, precision and fluency

By Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review March 10, 2024 In his remarks to the audience prior to Saturday night’s concert of the Spokane Symphony, James Ross, who, at the invitation of Music Director James Lowe, had flown in from Alexandria, Virginia, to serve as guest conductor, observed that the composer Jean Sibelius was ...

By |2024-03-13T14:48:11-07:00March 13th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Symphony review: Conductor Holly Choe, with pianist Charlie Albright, is a refreshing encounter with showings of fruitful career

By Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review January 21, 2024 Having traveled the world making music, studying with acknowledged masters and performing in starry venues with noted ensembles, two young musicians took the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in the fifth of this season’s Masterworks concerts by the Spokane Symphony. ...

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Longtime Spokane Symphony tubist Leonard Byrne, ‘man of science’ and ‘real artist,’ dies at 70

By Nick Gibson The Spokesman-Review January 24, 2024 Leonard Byrne, who served as the Spokane Symphony Orchestra’s principal and only tubist for nearly five decades, died Monday of congestive heart failure in Spokane Valley. He was 70. Byrne joined the symphony in 1975 while finishing his master’s degree in electrical engineering at ...

By |2024-01-25T13:19:21-08:00January 25th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Symphony review: Masterworks 4 poetically captures voice of ocean’s greatest creatures

By Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review November 5, 2023 Hardly had the echoes of Morihiko Nakahara’s rendition of Amy Beach’s mighty “Gaelic Symphony” died away at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox before Music Director James Lowe introduced another symphonic masterpiece little known in this country and unjustly neglected: “A Sea Symphony ...

By |2023-11-07T12:01:29-08:00November 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spokane Symphony review: Nakahara’s return is a reminder of many pleasant evenings at the Fox

By Larry Lapidus The Spokesman-Review October, 22, 2023 Thanks in part to COVID-19, it’s been several years since Morihiko Nakahara has led a performance in the Masterworks Series of the Spokane Symphony. This weekend featured the welcome return of that gifted and popular musician, much to the evident delight of audience and ...

By |2023-11-07T11:58:31-08:00November 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not for the Likes of Us? James Lowe on the Universal Truth of Music

By James Lowe Spokane County Library District Blog September 20, 2023 I had an interesting chat on KPBX the other day with E.J. Ianelli, who mentioned that many people think that symphony musicians grow up steeped in classical music, and it’s only that deep, life-long connection that allows anyone to understand the music we play. Personally, ...

By |2023-09-21T10:17:12-07:00September 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saving the Symphony: Spokane orchestra looking for more donations as it faces $1 million deficit after pandemic

By Kip Hill The Spokesman-Review April 27, 2023 Hundreds of elementary students from far-flung areas of the Inland Northwest brought their recorders to their lips Wednesday morning, awaiting instruction from Kelsey and Marissa Weddle. Improvise, the singing duo told the rapt pupils at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. “Feel the ...

By |2023-05-01T11:20:59-07:00May 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: The Spokane Symphony’s Conductor’s Workshop Teaches the Next Generation of Great Conductors

By Taylor D. Waring Huckleberry Press April 20, 2023 An international group of up-and-coming conductors converged in Spokane to partake in The Conductor Workshop, a weeklong program helmed by the Spokane Symphony’s own James Lowe and James Ross. Over the course of the intensive week, students worked with Lowe and Ross in order to transcend ...

By |2023-04-24T12:58:43-07:00April 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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