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NEW SOUND SYSTEM AT MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX DEBUTS ON JANUARY 25 & 26 AT “The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony”

Thursday Jan 24, 2019 • Press Release

The Spokane Symphony will debut a new sound system on January 25 and 26 at “The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony” concerts at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. This marks the largest single investment in The Fox since the restoration of the historic Art Deco building eleven years ago.

The new sound system, designed by George Relles of Relles Sound, Inc. of Eugene, OR, uses Meyer Sound speakers and equipment. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox now has two new subwoofers, two line arrays and five front fill speakers that give the theater a state-of-the-art sound system.

Relles has been working with the Spokane Symphony since 1978. He said this week during installation of the equipment that the new sound system in Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is designed to deliver a consistency and clarity of sound to every seat in the house. 

“With this sound system, we’ve gone from having a Volkswagen to a having a Ferrari, and the contrast is amazing. This new system is a real game-changer for all of the concerts and events we present at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox—from classical music to rock concerts,” said Symphony Executive Director Jeff vom Saal.  

The Spokane Symphony is the owner of the theater. Last year, there were 20 classical concerts during the 72nd season of the Spokane Symphony at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, plus more than 150 other concerts, from pop, rock, country and jazz music, to comedy shows, college and university concerts and more.

The new sound system is made possible by a generous donation from long-time Spokane Symphony supporters who wish to remain anonymous. The amount of their donation is confidential.

The Fox Theater, which opened in September 1931 as a movie theater and vaudeville stage, was designed with excellent acoustics for its time. When the theater was restored and reopened in 2007, its sound system was updated, but technology in the field of sound has grown and changed dramatically in the past decade, so a new system was on the top of the “wish list” for the theater.

“We are so grateful to our generous donors for this remarkable gift. In the performing arts, quality audio is imperative. As I saw on a T-shirt, “No one goes home humming the light show.” Today’s concertgoers expect and deserve a seamless experience, and nothing should get in the way of their enjoyment of our beautiful Fox Theater. Thanks to our new sound system, nothing will. We can’t wait for you to hear it,” said Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox General Manager Brian Ritter.

For more information, contact:  Spokane Symphony Public Relations Manager Alison Highberger, (509) 842-2943, or Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox General Manager Brian Ritter, (509) 979-7583.

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