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Spokane Symphony moves entire 75th season to 2021

by Staff
| July 24, 2020 1:00 AM

Due to ongoing health concerns about the COVID-19 virus and official guidance and restrictions on large public gatherings, the Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees decided at the July 21 meeting to transplant the entire upcoming 75th season of the Spokane Symphony to September 2021.

"It was a painful decision, but it was the right thing to do for the health and safety of our musicians and the public," Board President Elizabeth Kelley said. "The Symphony will continue to be an active, collaborative and constructive member of the Inland Northwest community. We’re working diligently to make sure the Spokane Symphony remains vital and relevant to our region."

The 75th season of the Spokane Symphony was previously scheduled to start Sept. 19 and 20 with Masterworks 1 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

The Spokane Symphony season runs from September through May each year, and includes 10 masterworks concerts of classical music, six pops concerts, and special events like “The Music of Harry Potter” at Halloween, “‘Star Wars’ in Concert” and other “Movies and Music” concerts, the Nutcracker Ballet and New Year’s Eve with Beethoven’s Ninth.

All of these concerts and events are being scheduled to return for the 76th season of the Spokane Symphony, starting in September 2021.

“Like orchestras all over the world, the Spokane Symphony has no choice but to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus crisis," music director James Lowe said. "Even though we’re moving the entire 75th season of music to next year, it doesn’t mean that the orchestra and Fox Theater will be going dark. We are busy developing education and outreach ideas, and we’ll find ways to keep the flame of classical music burning in the Inland Northwest."