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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Spokane Symphony moves entire 75th Season to September 2021 due to Covid-19



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

The Spokane Symphony's free Labor Day parks concerts in Liberty Lake at Pavillion Park and at Comstock Park on Spokane's South Hill are canceled as well.

"It was a painful decision, but it was the right thing to do for the health and safety of our musicians and the public. 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," said Board President Elizabeth Kelley.

The Spokane Symphony will be active with education and outreach events during the upcoming 75th season, and smaller music events will be planned as health and safety guidelines allow.

"Like orchestras all over the world, the Spokane Symphony has no choice but to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus crisis. 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. Now, more than ever, we need the human connection that music brings," said Music Director James Lowe. Lowe just completed his first season with the Spokane Symphony, and did the majority of the planning of the music repertoire for the 75th season.

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, owned and operated by the Spokane Symphony, will continue to book 'Fox Presents' events and rental concerts into 2021, as health and safety guidelines permit.

Current Spokane Symphony season subscribers and ticketholders can keep their existing seats for next season. Keeping the same seats locks in the current subscription price for the next season. Ticketholders may exchange tickets for 'symphony credit,' with an added bonus of 10%, which may be used through the end of the 2021-22 season. Ticketholders can donate the value of their tickets to the Spokane Symphony and will receive an acknowledgement of the tax-deductible gift. Refunds are available, but people are encouraged to keep in mind that the coronavirus has put the Spokane Symphony in a dire financial situation.

For more information, call the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox at 509-624-1200 or info@spokanesymphony.org. The website is www.spokanesymphony.org.


Online exhibits at the MAC



The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Browne's Addition, may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but there are many different and unique exhibits you can view on their website. Quiltscapes; Spokane Memories: Photographs from the Permanent Collection; Uncommon Gifts; Northwest Art Collection: Works on Paper, and more.

Visit the Museum's online exhibit page: www2.northwestmuseum.org/exhibits.


Central Food's David Blaine, donates entire food inventory to Hope House, VOA



With recent plans to reopen Central Food, owner and chef David Blaine (pictured above), made the decision to temporarily close his restaurant again in support of the health and safety of his staff. With this change he found himself with a full kitchen of food inventory that would not be used as originally intended.

Having previously worked with Beth McRae, community ambassador and Volunteers of America (VOA) food coordinator, and with donating supplies to Hope House Shelter, David quickly connected with VOA and generously donated all food items to feed the women at Hope House. Not only has David been a staple in the restaurant industry for over the last 30 years, his sous chef, Joel Jordan, and baker, Alicia Purvis, have regularly donated bread and meals to Hope House every week. VOA and Hope House are so grateful for David, his team, and the generous food donations they have made for the vulnerable women in need in our community.


Dining at Arbor Crest



Arbor Crest has introduced their new summer dining menu, offering a variety of handcrafted items with the help of Chef Chad White from High Tide Lobster Bar, Zona Blanca and TT's Old Iron Brewery & BBQ. Items include charcuterie and fromaggio, hummus plates, salmon crudo, roasted Idaho trout, lamb & pork albondigas, and more. Wine and beer pairing flights are also available for purchase. Full dining menu is available from 5-8pm Wednesday through Saturday.

Reservations are required, visit www.arborcrest.com. Menu information also available on the website.


Yoga and Mimosas this Sunday at Arbor Crest

This Sunday, July 26, you can enjoy a morning of yoga, mimosas and a grand view from Arbor Crest winery. Join Sara Randall as she teaches yoga for all level of yogis. Registration also includes a complimentary bottled water and a keepsake Arbor Crest glass filled with Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice. Cost is $38/person. The event runs from 10am-12noon. Space is limited, social distancing standards will be respected. 21 and over only.

Reservations are required, www.arborcrest.com/upcoming-events.




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