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Spokane Symphony Mourns Loss of One of Its Own

Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 • Press Release

Remembering spokane symphony Principal Keyboardist Kendall Feeney

Contact: Jane Cody - 509-464-7074

Kendell Feeney

Kendall Feeney, who served as principal keyboardist with the Spokane Symphony, passed away on March 5, 2017. Nationally recognized as a pianist, teacher, and advocate for new music, she was a member of the piano faculty of Eastern Washington University. Music Director Eckart Preu has planned a tribute to this much loved and respected musician at the upcoming concert, “The Russian Soul,” on Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday March 26 at 3 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The orchestra will perform Albinoni’s Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor in honor of Feeney. 

In addition to playing keyboards as part of the orchestra, Feeney was featured as a soloist, most recently performing Daugherty’s “Le Tombeau de Liberace” in January 2015. Feeney has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia and has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today." She was a core member of Tango Volcado, featured during preconcert activities with the orchestra. She was a frequent guest artist at Chamber Music San Juans and the Bellingham Music Festival and was on the faculty of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton. She served on the chamber music staff of the New College Festival in Sarasota, Florida and the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas. 

Like Music Director Eckart Preu, Feeney was a passionate supporter of contemporary music. From 1991 to 2003, she was Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Northwest concert series ZEPHYR, dedicated to bringing a wide range of music by living composers to classical audiences. More recently, she was director of the EWU Contemporary Music Ensemble.  

Feeney was nationally recognized as a leading pedagogue of the Taubman approach to piano playing and well known for her work with injured musicians. She regularly coached with New York Taubman specialist, Edna Golandsky. She had private studios in Seattle, Spokane and Portland and was a sought after adjudicator and lecturer. In addition to her performing and teaching, she regular contributed to Clavier Magazine. She was awarded the 1997 Individual Artist of the Year by the Spokane Arts Commission and is included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women. 

Kendall Feeney’s treasured grand piano is being donated to the Spokane Symphony and will be placed in the Founder’s Gallery at the theater. A memorial service is planned for the coming weeks and will be announced soon.

Tickets for “The Russian Soul” with tribute of Kendall Feeney are available with personalized service in advance at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.spokanesymphony.org. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

 

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