Fiddler Eileen Ivers celebrates roots of the music with Spokane Symphony

Fri, Mar 6, 2020 Features

If you’ve ever been to a symphony performance before, you’ll likely be familiar with the violin. But the fiddle? Is there even a difference? Eileen Ivers, Grammy Award-winning Irish fiddler and this weekend’s symphony guest artist, expla

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Virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers and her Irish folk-music trio are sharing the concert stage with the Spokane Symphony

Thu, Mar 5, 2020 Features

By E.J. Iannelli As one of the world's most prominent fiddlers, Eileen Ivers is often asked to explain what separates her instrument from a violin. She has an anecdote at the ready. "We did an outreach years ago down in Clemson, South Caro

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Spokane Symphony Masterworks series takes a jazzy turn

Fri, Feb 28, 2020 Features

This weekend the Spokane Symphony will present “Appalachian Spring,” the next in this season’s Masterworks concert series. Like the first Masterworks concert of the season, the program will only feature the work of American composers, i

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‘Doc’ and his DeLorean go to the symphony: ‘Back to the Future’ replica time machine to be featured at Fox concert

Fri, Feb 21, 2020 Features

When Paul “Doc” Nigh moved to Liberty Lake last year, he brought with him his customized DeLorean modified to the specifications of the “Back to the Future” model. While this car wasn’t itself featured in the original movies, Nigh’s repl

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If music be the food of love, play on: Leonard and Helen Byrne among 20 couples in Spokane Symphony

Sat, Feb 8, 2020 Features

On the auspicious date of the “harmonic convergence” of 1987, Helen and Leonard Byrne began their married life amid harmonies of a different kind altogether. Nearly half of the Spokane Symphony is composed of married couples; the majori

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