Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe has created a unique musical experience! The Spokane Symphony @ Home spring concerts are 90-minute episodes of music and more! Each of the five concerts has a theme that Music Director James Lowe will explore through music and other disciplines. Episodes will include short video segments of James Lowe chatting with orchestra musicians about their backgrounds and thoughts about classical music, plus conversations with some of the most engaging experts in the Inland Northwest on a variety of topics related to the themes.
All concerts are on-demand. Once the concert airs, it is yours to watch whenever you'd like and as many times as you would like. The concert series will be available for one year until April 2, 2022.
Thank you to our Season Sponsors: Paul and Sue Kennedy; Joan Degerstrom
Explore how folk traditions have influenced classical music. Many composers, like Dvořák (Serenade for Winds) and Bartók (Rumanian Folk Dances) featured in this concert, were deeply rooted in the folk tales and music of their countries. This concert includes an appearance by the Scottish traditional music duo, Stout & McKay (Chris Stout on fiddle & Catriona McKay on Scottish harp), Vaughan Williams’ beautiful take on a British folk tune, Kilar’s rousing Orawa plus an interview with Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski about the influences of traditional Polish music and culture on his music.
Antonín Dvořák — Serenade For Wind Instruments in D minor, op. 44
Ralph Vaughan Williams — Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Chris Stout — Moscow Rush
With Chris Stout on Scottish Fiddle and Catriona McKay on Clarsach
Béla Bartók — Rumanian Folk Dances
Wojciech Kilar — Orawa
What does “classical” mean in music and art? There are eras that define both, but what makes something sound and look “classical”? James Lowe chats with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s Executive Director Wesley Jessup about balance in art. Two orchestra musicians talk to James about their instruments and share thoughts about their careers and what it’s like to be immersed in classical music. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Symphony No. 29 are featured, along with composer (and swordsman) Chevalier de St. Georges’ Symphony L’Amant anonyme.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges — Symphony No. 2, op 11, in D major, "Overture to L'amant anonyme"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Symphony #29 in A major, K. 201
Thank you to our Concert Sponsors: Bruce and Sandy Colquhoun; Mary Jewett Gaiser Endowment Fund
This episode explores the difference between being an individual and being part of society. A musician is trained to be a soloist and to be part of an orchestra. How does “individualism” fit into today’s worldview? Haydn’s Symphony No. 8 (Le Soir) spotlights individual musicians, while Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 blends instruments more into the whole. James Lowe talks to two orchestra members about what it’s like to play in a group, versus expressing greater individuality. Harpist Earecka Tregenza will discuss her role as harpist in Mahler’s Adagietto, and Spokane Falls Community College Philosophy Department Chair, Britni Weaver, has a conversation with James about individualism and its evolution and impact on the way we see the world.
Franz Joseph Haydn — Symphony No. 8 in G. major, "Le Soir"
Gustav Mahler — "Adagietto" from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Symphony No. 33 in B-flat major, K. 319
How do music, literature and art use light to create mood and emotion? We’ll explore both the art and science. Because Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 (Le Matin) starts with a depiction of breaking dawn, James Lowe talks with WSU Physics Teaching Assistant Professor Anya Rasmussen about the science of light and the sky. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by paintings. A local art historian will share ideas with James Lowe about how artists use different techniques to create lighting effects and why styles change over the years. If that weren’t enough illumination, Spokane Poet Laureate and orchestra trumpeter Chris Cook will read Emily Dickinson’s “There is a Certain Slant of Light.”
Franz Joseph Haydn — Symphony No. 6 in D major, "Le Matin"
Modest Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged for brass by Michael Allen
Thank you so our Concert Sponsors: Sherry and Frank Knott Concert Sponsorship Endowed Fund; Richard Trudell and Nancy Morrison, PHD
Heaven has been an obsession for humans for millennia. An Inland Northwest art historian will reflect on how and why heaven and earth have been depicted by visual artists. James Lowe will talk to a musician about how it feels to play George Walker’s moving Lyric for Strings, dedicated to the memory of his beloved grandmother. A local tribal member will discuss the beliefs about heaven and earth that are deeply ingrained in the indigenous culture of our region before Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (presented in a Covid-compliant instrumental reduction), a journey from earth to heaven through the perspective of a child. Dawn Wolski, General and Artistic Director of Inland Northwest Opera, is the featured soprano.
George Walker — Lyric for Strings
Gustav Mahler — Symphony No. 4, arranged for chamber ensemble by lain Farrington
Dawn Wolski, soprano