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James Lowe is the new Music Director and Conductor of the Spokane Symphony



The Spokane Symphony has announced that British conductor James Lowe is the new Music Director and Conductor of the Spokane Symphony, effective July 1, 2019, on a three-year contract. He is the Spokane Symphony's eighth conductor in its 74-year history, taking over after Music Director Eckart Preu ended his 15-year tenure with the organization last month.

Lowe, 43, was selected after an extensive, two-year international search. The Spokane Symphony's Board of Trustees confirmed Lowe recently, acting on the recommendation of the organization's 12-member Music Director Search Committee, consisting of six orchestra musicians and six board members.

Born in Nottingham, England and currently residing in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lowe is also Chief Conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland. He previously held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra in Germany, and worked as Orchestras Advisor to the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

Lowe has conducted orchestras all over the world, including engagements with the Osaka and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, plus numerous other ensembles in Europe, South Africa and the United States.

In addition to his conducting work, Lowe is active as an educator and teacher of conducting and is researching ways in which orchestras can meaningfully engage with a wider public.

Lowe will begin his tenure as Music Director of the Spokane Symphony with the 2019/20 season opener, "Masterworks 1: American Rhythms," on September 14 and 15 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. He will also conduct Masterworks concerts 2, 6, 8, 9 and 10 during the ten-concert Masterworks (formerly known as "Classics") season.

Get more information at spokanesymphony.org


It's Hoopfest weekend!



Hoopfest, the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, is this Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30. With 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, nearly a quarter million fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. Get downtown and get in on the fun!

The photo by Dean Davis, is actually a composite of three images. Davis photographed WNBA (and former GU) star player, Courtney Vandersloot, in a hotel ballroom in Seattle last December. He photographed NBA (and former GU) legend, John Stockton, in his studio in February, and photographed the gym of the Spokane Club in March.

For more information on Hoopfest, visit www.spokanehoopfest.net.


Stan Miller exhibition at Barrister starting July 5



Is it a photograph or a painting? Find out as Barrister welcomes back amazingly talented Spokane watercolor artist Stan Miller Friday July 5th from 5 to 10 pm. Live music by 'Lonesome' Lyle Morse during the evening. Beacon Hill Catering will be offering a bistro supper.

To make reservations, call Barrister at 465-3591


Jay Owenhouse coming to the Fox July 11



Legendary escape artist Jay Owenhouse, is one of the most awarded illusionists in history. He returns to Spokane for one night only in 'Dare to Believe,' an illusion spectacular. It's at Martin Woldson theater at the Fox Thursday July 11th at 7:30.

Get your tickets at foxtheaterspokane.org or Ticketswest


Get your tickets now for Crave!



Crave! is a celebration of Spokane and the region's best chefs over three days and four ticketed events. It's coming back for the third year to Spokane Valley's Centerplace Regional Event Center Thursday, July 11 - through Saturday the 13th Visit CraveNW.com for a full list of events, participating chefs and to purchase tickets.


Rockin B Ranch opens for the Season this weekend



Rockin' B Ranch opens for another season of great Cowboy Supper Shows this weekend, with performances this Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, with shows beginning at 6:15 pm. Upcoming shows are Fridays & Saturdays: July 26 & 27; August 30 & 31, September 27 & 28, and October 4 & 5.

They offer the same fantastic food, and wonderful entertainment from the Riders of the Rockin' B. For tickets and more information, call 509-891-9016 or visit www.rockinbranch.com.


This week's Music at Arbor Crest



The summer music continues at Arbor Crest, and this Thursday, June 17, Scott Randall & Kevin Gardner perform classic soft rock at the Tasting Room stage, music starts at 5:30pm. $6 admission. And this Sunday, June 30, Grand Avenue will be at the Main Stage at the edge of the Cliff House courtyard,performing '70s-'90s cover hits. Sunday concerts are $12 admission, music begins at 5:30pm. Wine, beer and food available for purchase.

For more information, visit arborcrest.com.

Garland Theater presents Free Summer Movies



  • July 1-5 - Kung Fu Panda
  • July 8-12 - Hotel Transylvania 3
  • July 15-19 - Lego Movie Part 2
  • July 22-29 - Shrek
  • July 29-Aug 2 - Smallfoot
  • Aug 5-9 - How to Train Your Dragon 3
  • Aug 12-16 - Megamind
  • Aug 19-23 - Home
Doors open at 9am and movies start at 9:30, for more information, visit Garlandtheater.com.

MAC Summer Camps



This year's Summer camps at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture MAC are all about the mythical creatures - mermaids, serpents, hydras, krakens, sasquatch and more as campers explore our exhibitions Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures and its companion Northwest Legends. Campers will learn about the histories and stories of magical, mythical creatures from around the world and be inspired to create their own creatures in a variety of imaginative art projects..

There are one-day and week-long camps, running June-August. Sessions for 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th graders plus Junior Counselors-in-Training (6th-7th graders).

For more information and the register, visit northwestmuseum.org.


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