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Symphony Performs Selections from "Carmen," "Star Wars and Classical Hits

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017 • Press Release

CONTACT: Alison Highberger, (509) 842-2943

SPOKANE—Since 1985, the Symphony has been packing up their tents, chairs and music stands and heading to Comstock Park to bid farewell to summer and welcome the new Symphony classics and pops season with gusto. This also marks the 17th Annual Lud Kramer Memorial Concert at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake, where the Symphony performs the same program on the Saturday of the Labor Day weekend. Both concerts are offered free of charge as a gift to the community, thanks to the generous support of sponsors. 

Friends of Pavillion Park are the lead sponsor of the Liberty Lake concert, held on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. Umpqua Bank is the lead sponsor for the Comstock concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The Labor Day Weekend Concerts are also sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Both concerts are conducted by Music Director Eckart Preu, who is beginning his 14th season with the Spokane Symphony.

The Symphony will perform the same eclectic program of patriotic songs, classics, Hollywood and Broadway at both Labor Day Weekend concerts.  This year’s lineup includes Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and Saint-Saens' Danse macabre, as well as an excerpt from Bizet’s Carmen. Selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess will be performed, plus Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. By popular demand, program will also include music from Star Wars.

The music begins at 6 pm, but many people come early with picnic baskets and blankets. The concert draws as many as 10,000 visitors to Comstock Park to hear the Spokane Symphony perform under the distinctive band shell. Several thousand people attend the Pavillion Park event each year.  

The Comstock Park performance is preceded by the Spokane Folklore Society’s Fall Arts Preview at 4:00 p.m., featuring the Symphony’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo where children can talk to musicians and try out instruments. 

Concert details:

Pavillion Park on Satuday, Sept. 2  
Comstock Park on Monday, Sept. 4 

Please note:  Both the City of Spokane and Liberty Lake prohibit alcohol consumption in city-owned parks.

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