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Check out Spokane Symphony Passes from the library, plus sage advice for first-timers

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley

My grandparents both played the bass (the largest and lowest pitched bowed string instrument, not to be confused with the bass guitar) in the symphony. I remember going to see at least one of their performances as a child. It was a pretty special event—we got all dressed up and traveled downtown to the concert hall near the Seattle Center.

There is something magical about the sound of the orchestra as they tune up. And then there’s the hush that falls over the audience when the conductor picks up the baton.

That magical feeling is one of many reasons why I am so excited that Spokane County Library District is offering passes to the Spokane Symphony this fall!

Library customers will be able to check out a Spokane Symphony Pass to one of three Sunday matinee performances, each conducted by Eckart Preu. This program is made possible by generous donation from the Spokane Symphony providing these opportunities to enjoy classical music for a whole new generation.

The Bohemian Spirit
MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX
1001 W SPRAGUE AVE

Sunday, Sep 9, 3pm

The Heroic
MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX
1001 W SPRAGUE AVE

Sunday, Oct 21, 3pm

Sibelius and Brahms
MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX
1001 W SPRAGUE AVE

Sunday, Nov 4, 3pm

The Spokane Symphony offers a free music education lecture one hour prior to each performance.

Reserve a Symphony Pass
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE

If you’ve never been to the symphony or are preparing to take your children to the symphony for the first time, here are some tips to make the experience enjoyable for everyone.

The Spokane Symphony offers some tips on their website that include dressing comfortably: “We want your evening out to be as fun as possible, so dress up or dress down… as long as you dress comfortably”.

For a fun overview of essential concert etiquette, Project Symphony conductor Jason Lai shares a lighthearted take on what not to do at the Symphony in this short video.

Opinions abound about the right age to bring children to a symphony performance. Some symphonies discourage children under a certain age, although the Spokane Symphony does not. There’s no magic age for attending a concert—some 6-year-olds can sit through an entire performance, and some 11-year-olds may not be able to.

Each of my own children was different in terms of their ability to sit through a concert and their enjoyment of it. With a little bit of preparation, you can ensure that your first symphony visit is a great experience for everyone.

Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy shares some great ideas in this how-to guide. I particularly appreciated her suggestion to listen to some pieces of classical music together before attending to see how it goes, starting with a shorter piece and then moving to longer pieces. The library has a terrific collection of classical music on CD and on Hoopla, including the works featured in Spokane Symphony’s Classics series this fall.

Another great tip is to talk about behavior expectations before the concert and to have a plan for how you will exit the symphony performance if it’s not going well.

Learning a little bit about the music and the instruments will also enhance everyone’s experience. I’ve gathered a list of few resources to explore together.

HOW TO RESERVE A SPOKANE SYMPHONY PASS

When you’re ready, here are the steps to reserve a Spokane Symphony pass from the library. Please be aware that each library has a limited number of passes, and each pass is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Reserve a Spokane Symphony Pass through our online event calendar at www.scld.org/reserve-symphony. Passes are available to reserve 2 weeks in advance of each performance at 10am.
  2. Pick up the pass from the library where it was reserved no later than close of business on the Thursday before the concert.
  3. Take the Spokane Symphony Pass to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox for the performance.

I hope you enjoy the symphony as much as I have.

Gwendolyn Haley

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