Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concerts Feature Broadway/Opera Star Lisa VromanWednesday Nov 7, 2018 • Press Release
Other holiday fare includes Winter Baroque Concerts in churches, the 40th year of The Nutcracker Ballet, and New Year’s Eve celebrations
by Alison Highberger
The Spokane Symphony’s beloved Holiday Pops concerts this year feature Broadway and opera star, Lisa Vroman, who has starred on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, and was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. Her many opera roles include Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with Glimmerglass Opera and Birdie in Regina with Utah Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Legendary theater producer/director Harold Prince said, “Few ladies today possess the exquisite voice, clarity and range of Lisa Vroman.”
For Holiday Pops with the Spokane Symphony on December 22 and 23, Vroman will perform “I Saw Three Ships/Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella,” “Ave Maria,” “The Christmas Song,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and more.
The Spokane Symphony’s two Winter Baroque Celebration concerts take place in two local churches—one in downtown Spokane and one in Spokane Valley—a nod to the old world tradition of church music. Music Director Eckart Preu will conduct a chamber orchestra accompanied by the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Music selections include some of the best-loved works of the Baroque period, including Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet with the Spokane Symphony, which includes a live performance of the classic Tchaikovsky score. State Street Ballet from Santa Barbara, CA marks their eighth appearance in Spokane for The Nutcracker.
Maestro Eckart Preu conducts his final Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony concert on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. The hour-long concert gives concertgoers a triumphant end to the year, with plenty of time to continue the evening’s celebration.
Puttin’ On The Ritz is the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Historic Davenport Hotel, produced by the Spokane Symphony Associates. The party runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and includes a three-course dinner and dancing. Proceeds support the Spokane Symphony.
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
– Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
The holidays are here when the story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince is brought to life by the nationally renowned Santa Barbara-based State Street Ballet—back for their eighth year—along with more than 85 local dancers. This is the Spokane Symphony’s 40th year of presenting The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed live. This year’s conductor is Spokane Symphony Assistant Conductor Jorge Luis Uzcátegui. DETAILS Tickets start at $17.50 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for adults, and are available online, or by calling the box office at (509) 624-1200.
WINTER BAROQUE CELEBRATION
– Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ at 411 S. Washington Street, Spokane, and Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene at 15515 E. 20th Street in Spokane Valley
This concert features some of the best-loved works of the Baroque period, including Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and Bach’s selections from Christmas Oratorio. Music Director Eckart Preu conducts a chamber orchestra and the Spokane Symphony Chorale in two local churches, also featuring Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski. DETAILS Tickets are $30, and are available online, or contact the box office at (509) 624-1200.
– Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
The Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops concerts are a beloved season tradition for the whole family. Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara conducts this holiday celebration with special guest, critically-acclaimed soprano and Broadway and star, Lisa Vroman, whose vocal versatility allows her to move effortlessly from Broadway to opera to concert hall. Holiday Pops includes favorite Christmas songs, and an audience sing-along with carols performed by the Spokane Symphony, Spokane Symphony Chorale, Spokane Area Youth Choirs and special out-of-town guest, Santa. DETAILS Tickets start at $27 for children 12 and under, and $39 for adults, and are available online, or by calling the box office at (509) 624-1200.
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
—Monday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Music Director Eckart Preu and the Spokane Symphony will ring in the New Year with triumph and jubilation for the last time as part of Preu’s “farewell season.” This production features more than 150 performers on stage, including four guest vocalists and the Spokane Symphony Chorale, directed by Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah. This is a one-hour concert, leaving plenty of time to continue New Year’s Eve celebrations afterward. DETAILS Tickets start at $13 for children 12 and under, and $19 for adults, and are available online, or by calling the box office at (509) 624-1200.
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ GALA
– Monday, December 31 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the Historic Davenport Hotel Hall of Doges and Grand Pennington Ballroom
A wonderful way to ring in the new year is Puttin’ On The Ritz, presented by the Spokane Symphony’s volunteer organization, the Spokane Symphony Associates. Enjoy a three-course dinner at 9:00 p.m., no host bars, the MasterClass Big Band with two large dance floors, complimentary champagne at midnight and festive party favors, door prize drawings and an on-site photographer.
DETAILS Tickets are $130 per person and are available online, or by calling the box office at (509) 624-1200.