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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Spokane Symphony starts Musicians' Relief Fund

The Spokane Symphony has set up a Musicians' Relief Fund to help orchestra musicians who are in dire need of assistance to pay their bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is invited to contribute to the fund to help their local classical musicians.

"This Relief Fund will be an essential resource for Spokane Symphony musicians who need help making rent, buying groceries, and squeaking by until we are able to get back to performing on stage at the Fox Theater," said Colleen McElroy, Piccolo/Second Flute and Spokane Symphony Orchestra Committee member.

"Nearly all of the orchestra's musicians teach private music lessons, are on faculty at local colleges and universities, perform side gigs, or play with other ensembles to make ends meet. COVID-19 has attacked all of our sources of income simultaneously, as performances have been canceled and teaching has moved online or ended. Fortunately, the CARES Act has recently expanded unemployment benefits to cover most musicians who don't typically qualify because our employment is a mix of W-2 reported income, self-employment, and 1099 income. However, some musicians will still fall through the cracks. We are grateful for the Musicians' Relief Fund to help those of us with the greatest financial need," said McElroy.

Donations to the Spokane Symphony Musicians' Relief Fund and Annual Fund are tax deductible, and may be made online at under the 'Support' tab on the home page, and then 'Give Now.' Checks may be sent to the Spokane Symphony at P.O. Box 365, Spokane, WA 99210.

At the same time, the Spokane Symphony is optimistically looking toward the future, and tickets are on sale now for the upcoming 75th Season of the Spokane Symphony, which is scheduled to begin in September.

MAC Virtual Museum

Stay at home but stayed engaged with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. See behind-the-scenes videos and virtual tours of their remarkable exhibitions. Enjoy story time with your favorite pre-schooler. Join one the MAC's Pompeii webinars presented by experts from around the country. Visit an online exhibition or follow the MAC on Facebook or Twitter for fascinating information about their current collections, Pompeii and Mount St. Helens.

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Nickelback coming to the Spokane Arena September 15

Don't miss Nickelback in concert, where they'll celebrate the 15th anniversary of their Diamond certified album, All The Right Reasons. Special guest is Stone Temple Pilots & Switchfoot, coming to the Spokane Arena on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30pm.

Tickets available at or 800-325-SEAT.

This week's Webinar at the MAC

The MAC's Revealing Pompeii Webinar series will feature Dr. Allison L. C. Emmerson, University of Tulane, New Orleans, who will speak on the topic: Living with the Dead: Urbanism in the Suburbs of Pompeii. The webinar will be held today, April 23 at 6:30pm.

This lecture examines the suburbs of Pompeii, calling on recently revealed as well as long overlooked evidence to reconstruct such neighborhoods, which effectively urbanized the dead and tied them into patterns of daily life. Considering the factors that led to the development of suburbs, Dr. Emmerson argues that tombs were key; these were not simply passive memorials, but active spaces that both facilitated and furthered the social and economic life of the city.

Admission is free. To register, visit

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