Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 • Press Release

Including Tickets for Masterworks, Pops & Specials
Opening Night Gala on Sept. 14 Celebrates New Music Director James Lowe 

by Alison Highberger

Individual tickets for the Spokane Symphony’s 2019-20 season will go on sale on Thursday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. This is the Symphony’s 74th season, and the first season for the Spokane Symphony’s new Music Director, James Lowe.

The public will be able to buy single tickets for all ten Masterworks concerts (formerly called “Classics”), and six Pops concerts, including two Holiday Pops concerts in December, starring Vanessa Williams, along with tickets for other specials and events. 

The 74th season opens on Saturday, September 14 (8 pm) and Sunday, September 15 (3 pm) at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox with James Lowe conducting Masterworks 1: American Rhythms, featuring the music of Gershwin and Copland, with guest pianist William Wolfram performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The Pops season kicks off on Saturday, September 28th at 8 pm with James Bond—The Music, conducted by Morihiko Nakahara with guest vocalists Hugh Panaro (Broadway star) and Morgan James (featured in Postmodern Jukebox). The other Pops concerts with the Spokane Symphony are:  A Celebration of Veterans in November, Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams (two shows) in December, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies in February, Irish Fiddle Virtuoso Eileen Ivers in March, and 1920s show, Prohibition in May.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without the Spokane Symphony playing the music of Harry Potter.
This year’s offering is “Ancient Tales of Magic: Music of Harry Potter and Other Halloween Favorites,” on Sat., Oct. 26 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sun., Oct. 27 at 3 pm.

Also on sale on Thursday are tickets for the new Movies and Music series at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The Spokane Symphony will provide the live soundtrack to three blockbuster films on a new giant screen. The new sound system at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox will enhance the experience.  The movies are “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” on November 23 and 24; “Pixar in Concert” on January 25 and 26, and “Star Wars: A New Hope” on March 21 and 22.

Tickets on sale tomorrow include two episodes of “The M Show: Music, Mayhem & Mystery,” created by Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski—a combination of music, comedy and video--which will be held at The Knitting Factory on January 11, 2020 and May 22, 2020.

The Nutcracker Ballet, performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, CA for the 9th year in a row, will be on sale. There are five performance of The Nutcracker from December 5-8, including matinee and evening shows. It’s the Spokane Symphony’s 41st Nutcracker Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music with more than 80 local dancers too.

The Spokane Symphony’s tradition of performing Beethoven’s inspiring Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Eve continues on December 31st at 7:30 pm. The hour-long concert leaves plenty of time to continue celebrating--ringing out the old, and ringing in the new. 

A new chamber series, “Soirées on the Stage” will be onstage at The Fox Theater in September, February and March with coffee, dessert and wine, featuring small ensembles of orchestra musicians performing chamber works from baroque to contemporary. There will also be a “Soirée at Rockwood” in October, February and April, held at the Rockwood South Hill Event Center.
Highlights of the 74th season include Masterworks 4: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, on November 16 and 17, with high definition film from NASA set to the music of Holst’s “The Planets,” along with other music that captures the inspiration and excitement of space exploration. 

The Spokane Symphony celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Masterworks 5 on January 18 and 19, 2020 with guest violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Other guest artists in the Masterworks series include trumpeter Allen Vizzutti (Masterworks 6: Music for Valentine’s Day), cellist Joshua Roman (Masterworks 3: Soviet Transcendence), guitarist Robert Belinic (Masterworks 2: Garden Romance), clarinetist Stephen Williamson (Masterworks 7: Appalachian Spring), pianist Joyce Yang (Masterworks 8: Russian Passions), and Spokane Symphony Concertmaster and lead violinist Mateusz Wolski performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Masterworks 9: Monumental Grandeur.

The Masterworks season culminates in May with Masterworks 10: Mahler’s Resurrection with the Spokane Symphony Chorale, and guest soprano Sarah Shafer.

Also on Thursday, August 15, tickets are on sale for Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Elton John with the Spokane Symphony on September 6th, and The Music of David Bowie with the Spokane Symphony on October 12, featuring vocalist and acclaimed Bowie impersonator David Brighton. Details: and

The 2019-20 Opening Night Gala honoring new Music Director James Lowe will be on September 14 at 5:00 pm at The Historic Davenport Hotel. The gourmet meal with wine, live music and a brief program will be followed by the opening night concert. Single tickets are $150, and proceeds go to support the work of the Symphony’s Annual Fund and education programs.  Tickets can be purchased at (509) 464-7076.

Tickets for all of the Symphony and Fox concerts and events are available online at, by calling (509) 624-1200, or by visiting the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox at 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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