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Opening Night Cocktail Party

A recap of our opening weekend events, including a beautiful cocktail party at Nodland Cellars


Remembering Dr. Welty

A wonderful friend to the Symphony and a champion of the arts in Spokane


See Sponsorship Photos

A special thanks to our recent SuperPops 1, Classics 2 and Classics 3 concert sponsors



Upcoming Events THE NUTCRACKER BALLET 7:30pm on December 1, 2016 7:30pm on December 2, 2016 2:00pm on December 3, 2016 7:30pm on December 3, 2016 2:00pm on December 4, 2016 Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

SUPERPOPS 3: HOLIDAY POPS CELEBRATION 8:00pm on December 17, 2016 2:00pm on December 18, 2016 Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL: BEETHOVEN'S NINTH 7:30pm on December 31, 2016 Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox


Concert featuring the Music of Harry Potter delights muggles young and old


Saturday, October 29th over 2,200 muggles and wizards packed into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox to hear the music of Harry Potter played by the Spokane Symphony in two sold-out shows at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Pre-concert activities were complete with house sorting, purchasing magical batonwands, eating chocolate-covered frogs and even drinking butter beer! The shows inspired audiences with interactive elements including Harry Potter trivia, a lesson in baton-wand conducting from Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara, and a call-andresponse from the members of the different houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the

interactive concert, Resident Conductor Nakahara (aka “Professor Dumbledore”) provided musical insight to Potter pieces such as "Aunt Marge's Waltz" and “Harry’s Wondrous World.” Plus, the proceeds of the sales of the baton-wands benefitted the Spokane Symphony’s education programs and raised over $3,000. A sincere thank you is owed to the evening’s sponsor: Global Credit Union. Together with Global Credit Union’s partnership, we produced a magical community event! PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT: Dr. Steve and Sandy Kernerman. PICTURED ABOVE LEFT: Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara as Professor Albus Dumbledore with Caleb Hicks as Harry Potter.




September 17th and 18th the

how much she enjoys the new compositions

Spokane Symphony kicked off its

that the Maestro selects for the Symphony

71st season in style. Members of the Board

and that she and her husband Paul always


of Trustees and supporters in the Golden

search for recordings so that they can

Baton Society and above were invited to an

familiarize themselves with the pieces before

exclusive cocktail party at Nodland Cellars

they hear them live. Maestro Preu talked

with delicious hors d'oeuvres provided by Le

about the violinist, Ilya Kaler stepping in to

Dear Symphony friends, The new Spokane Symphony season is off to a wonderful start under the musical leadership of Maestro Eckart Preu. He is taking us on a journey around the world with music from near and far. Our fabulous and dedicated musicians and chorale are giving us their very best and continue to surprise and delight. In this issue on page 3, you will read about Dr. Elizabeth M. Welty. I count it a privilege and honor to have called her a friend, and it is with a sad heart that I honor her passing. I looked forward to the twice monthly parties for close friends, which she hosted in her apartment at Rockwood. She was passionate about the Symphony and music education and left a legacy through her giving, both during her lifetime and through her estate. I have named the annual donor recognition party in her honor, and her memory will live on. For those of you who haven’t made a pledge or gift this season, will you consider becoming a monthly sustainer? You can read more about how to do this on the last page. New SSO sustainers will receive a free companion ticket to a Classics concert of choice. I also invite you to take a look at our beautiful new website at It’s easy to make a donation online. Your support makes all the difference! Together we can continue to fulfill the SSO’s mission to provide high quality, professional orchestral performances and education to the Inland Northwest. I hope I can count on you, and I look forward to seeing you this season.

Catering before the Saturday night concert.

play the Beethoven violin concerto when

Board President, Lorrie D. Scott and Maestro

Phillippe Quint injured his shoulder. It was

Eckart Preu each spoke briefly about the

a lovely way to celebrate the exciting first

exciting season ahead. Lorrie talked about

concert of the 2016-17 season.




1) David Cohen, Executive Director Jeff vom Saal, and Vernice Cohen. 2) Dawn and Concert Master Mateusz Wolski with their son Stefan. 3) Mary J. Velázquez, J.D., Director of Development Jennifer J. Hicks, and Francisco R. Velázquez, M.D., S.M. 4) Violinist Ilya Kaler, Maestro Eckart Preu, Martin Deeg, Dr. Jan Mueller, and his son Mark Mueller at the post-concert reception.

Best regards, Jennifer J. Hicks Director of Development Left to raise in 16-17 $538,665


Raised in 16-17 $764,267


Spokane Symphony Society Announces New Board Members:




Mr. Russell A. Lee, also known as Russ, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of INB since June 2015 and Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. since December 2015. Russ served as the Chief Operating Officer at Peoples Bank since January 2008 and served as its President since April 2013. He served as Senior Executive Vice President of Peoples Bank until April 2013.

Martin was born in in Wuerzburg, (West) Germany, and grew up in Wuerzburg and Mainz, Germany, Maadi (suburb of Cairo, Egypt) and Woodstock, CT.

Dale is a patent attorney working as a Senior Corporate Counsel for Cisco Systems, Inc. in the Intellectual Property Legal group. He has called Spokane home for the past 11 years. Currently, he is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Indiana. Dale has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Butler University and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University. Dale has worked in many areas during his career, including engineering, strategic planning and market research, contract administration and legal.

He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Skagit Bank headquartered in Burlington, and he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Peoples Bank. He joined Peoples Bank in 1995 as a real estate loan officer and later managed the real estate lending team. He has been a Director of Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. since June 29, 2015 and Inland Northwest Bank since June 29, 2015. Mr. Lee holds an MBA from Western Washington University.

About 20 years ago, Martin started a manufacturing operation to supply critical material handling supplies to manufacturers of high purity polysilicon. He still owns and operates this manufacturing operation, based in Ritzville, which is about to approach its 20th birthday. Martin and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 39 years and have two children: Katherine and Matthew. In his spare time, Martin enjoys spending time with his children and grandson, walking with his pampered pooches Fred and Teddy, gardening, reading to maintain fluency in his native language, and enjoying classical music.

Dale has been married to his wife Linda for over 34 years; together they have three wonderful married children and five grandchildren. When not working, Dale enjoys golfing, alpine skiing and road cycling.


The Spokane Symphony recently lost a great friend and a generous donor, Dr. Elizabeth Main Welty. She was 101 when she passed away on September 6th. In response to hearing of her passing, Maestro Eckart Preu said, “She was a woman dedicated to the well-being of other people. She understood that the arts play a substantial role in education and quality of life, and followed through with financial, spiritual, and organizational help. She was an amazing person with an amazing personality.” Shortly after Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox reopened in late 2007, Dr. Welty established the Welty Family Learning Center Endowment, with the primary goal to support educational programs at The Fox. She loved the arts, and she valued education. Most especially, Dr. Welty will long be remembered for her joy, her unbounded enthusiasm, her laughter, her wisdom and her wit. She embraced the Spokane community and it embraced her in return. Rest well, Dr. Welty. You will be greatly missed. Photo Credit: Rick Singer Photography


WELCOME OUR NEW DEVELOPMENT TEAM MEMBER JENNA K. BERLIN, MANAGER OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS "I am honored to serve as the new Manager of Corporate Partnerships. I graduated from Gonzaga University where I received a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership Studies. I also had the opportunity to study economics in Pune, India. I recently completed a 3-month intensive program in Seattle with PACCAR. During my time at Gonzaga, I was actively involved with Transitions and The Boys & Girls Club. My love of the symphony started at a young age through classical ballet training. In my free time, I love to paint, run, hike and practice yoga. I am delighted to merge my passion for the arts with my love of the Spokane community."

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPERPOPS 1 SPONSORS: FRANK KNOTT AND WESTCOAST ENTERTAINMENT BEST OF BROADWAY PICTURED ABOVE: Rosie Quigley, guest vocalist Scott Coulter, sponsor Frank Knott, and another guest vocalist Kelli Rabke at the SuperPops 1: Blockbuster Broadway post-concert reception.

BECOME A SUSTAINING DONOR! The Symphony Sustainers program is designed to make your Annual Fund giving more convenient with easy monthly payments. It also benefits the Symphony by providing reliable, steady support throughout the season. Electronic Fund Transfers are not subject to the same fees as credit or debit card charges, so more of your money goes to directly help the Symphony. Automatic monthly giving also removes the need for mailed pledge reminders, benefiting the environment and saving the Symphony valuable staff time and postage costs. Becoming a Symphony Sustainer is easy! Utilize the enclosed envelope to let us know how much you’d like to donate every month, provide a credit card or voided check (for account and routing numbers), and we will automatically draw payments at the middle or end of each month until you tell us otherwise. Monthly gifts can be changed, paused, or stopped at any time. Current sustaining donors love the convenience. Sustaining gifts can also be made via our website, click the DONATE button, select your gift amount and check the Sustaining Gift box. While you're there, check out our completely revamped website:


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CLASSICS 3 SPONSORS: DOUG AND GAIL BELANGER FOR MUSICFEST NORTHWEST AND SSA PICTURED ABOVE: Sponsor Gail Belanger, Joan Degerstrom, sponsor Doug Belanger, and Board of Trustees President Lorrie Scott at the Classics 3: A Hymn to Nature post-concert reception.

EXCLUSIVE LUNCH WITH CLASSICS 2 GUEST ARTIST PICTURED ABOVE: Executive Director Jeff vom Saal, piano guest artist Inon Barnatan, Director of Development Jennifer J. Hicks, Development Committee Chair Elizabeth Kelley and sponsor Joan Degerstrom enjoy lunch prior to the Classics 2: Northern Lights concerts.

Spokane Symphony November 2016 Backstage Newsletter  

Spokane Symphony newsletter from November 2016

Spokane Symphony November 2016 Backstage Newsletter  

Spokane Symphony newsletter from November 2016