Spokane Symphony Performs Two Free Labor Day Weekend Concerts

Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 • Press Release

SPOKANE—August 27, 2019…Three free end-of-summer concerts by the Spokane Symphony are coming up soon.  Two are the traditional Labor Day weekend concerts that the Symphony has performed for many years, and the other is in Riverfront Park in the Pavilion to celebrate the re-opening of that beloved, iconic structure.


Since 1985, the Spokane Symphony has been packing up their tent, chairs and music stands and heading to Comstock Park on Spokane’s South Hill to bid farewell to summer and welcome the new Symphony season. This year’s free concert on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m., marks the 34rd year of this holiday concert tradition. 

Labor Day Weekend also marks the 19th annual free Ludlow Kramer Memorial Concert at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake, where the Spokane Symphony performs the same program on Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. Both concerts are offered free of charge as a gift to the community. (Note: “Pavillion” is the correct spelling of the Liberty Lake park.)

Both Labor Day weekend concerts will be conducted by Spokane Symphony Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara.  The music program is the same at both concerts: an eclectic mix of classics, patriotic songs and movie music that previews the music that will be heard in the Symphony’s upcoming 74th season that starts on September 14 and 15 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.  Details of the music offerings at both concerts.  

This year’s lineup includes "The Star Spangled Banner," Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Aaron Copland’s "Variations on a Shaker Melody" from Appalachian Spring, Bob Lowden’s "Armed Forces Salute," John Williams’ “Main Title” from Star Wars, and “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, Silvestri’s Back to the Future Suite for Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Opus 49.

The music begins at 6:00 p.m., but many people come early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs and make a whole afternoon and evening of it at the Symphony’s Labor Day weekend concerts.

The Comstock Park performance on Labor Day at 6:00 p.m. 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 touch and try out instruments. 


Sept. 7 at 4:00 p.m.
It’s the inaugural concert of the Spokane Symphony’s new Music Director James Lowe.

The Spokane Symphony is honored to be part of the grand opening community celebration of the Pavilion in Riverfront Park on Saturday, September 7 at 4:00 p.m.  The hour-long concert will be the inaugural concert of the Spokane Symphony’s new Music Director James Lowe, who is the eighth conductor in the 74-year history of the Spokane Symphony. See the music list for the September 7 concert.

The music includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, John Williams selections from Star Wars and Harry Potter movies, and other highlights from the upcoming 74th season of the Spokane Symphony---from James Bond movie music (Pops 4: James Bond—The Music), to music from the movie, Back to the Future (which will be one of the Symphony’s “Movies & Music” events in the winter with the film being shown on the giant screen at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and live accompaniment of the score by the Spokane Symphony.

Ticket specials and discounts will be available for purchase at all of the upcoming free Spokane Symphony concerts.  

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

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