Spokane Symphony Presents Free Labor Day Weekend ConcertsWednesday Aug 29, 2018 • Press Release
Saturday, September 1 at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake and Monday, September 3 in Comstock Park
By Alison Highberger
SPOKANE—August 29, 2018…Since 1985, the Spokane Symphony has been packing up their tents, 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 concert on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m., marks the 33rd year of this free holiday concert tradition.
Labor Day Weekend also marks the 18th Annual Ludlow Kramer Memorial Concert at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake, where the Symphony performs the same program on Saturday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. Both concerts are offered free of charge as a gift to the community, thanks to the generous support of sponsors.
The Friends of Pavillion Park and Innovia Foundation are the sponsors of the Liberty Lake concert. Innovia Foundation is the sponsor of the Comstock concert. Both concerts are conducted by Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, who is beginning his 15th and final season with the Spokane Symphony, and Assistant Conductor Jorge Luis Uzcátegui.
The Symphony will perform an eclectic program of light classics, patriotic songs and movie music. This year’s lineup includes "The Star Spangled Banner," Smetana’s “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy and 1812 Overture, Opus 49, Sousa’s "Stars and Stripes Forever," selections of John Williams’ music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Jurassic Park, and more.
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.
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. This year at 4:30 p.m., the Spokane retro-pop and soul band, Super Sparkle will perform. The band will include Spokane Symphony percussionist Bryan Bogue.
NOTE: In the event of unhealthy air quality, the concerts will be moved indoors. Check the Spokane Symphony website for updates on the day of each concert: spokanesymphony.org Also, please note that both the City of Spokane and Liberty Lake prohibit alcohol consumption in city-owned parks.