Best Fest features two ‘Best Of’ concerts and Maestro’s Brew Party

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009

SPOKANE—The Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Symphony Associates are joining forces to create a new and exciting early Summer fundraiser, Best Fest featuring two “Best Of” concerts by the orchestra inside the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the Maestro’s Brew Party in a tent in the parking lot in conjunction with one of the concerts.

“We are celebrating all that Downtown is and is becoming and we invite the whole community to join us in this fun celebration with events to entertain everyone. These fundraising events are planned at this time of year to help keep our Symphony The Best,” said Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu. “We encourage everyone to come join the fun, help support your Symphony and have a good time,” he added.

 

The Best Fest will begin on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. with The Best of Mozart. The light-hearted celebration of the music of one of Classical music’s most celebrated and revered composers will be under the always dynamic and entertaining Eckart Preu. 

On Friday, June 5, as part of Downtown’s First Friday celebration, Eckart Preu and the members of the biggest band in town will play The Best of the Movie Music of John Williams in the Theater at 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the Pops-themed concert on June 5, the Maestro’s Brew Party will be open in tents in the theater parking lot from 5 to 10:30 p.m. featuring beer sampling, including a special Maestro’s Brew, provided by Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company. Maestro Preu and musicians of the orchestra will join the “fun”raising event following the concert.

Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company owner Gage Stromberg and his brewmasters have worked with Eckart Preu to create a special Maestro’s Brew that will be “untapped” at this event.

 

 

Maestro’s Brew to be untapped Thursday at Steam Plant Grill

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A special “Maestro’s Brew” created by Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company under the direction of Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu is ready and the Maestro will take the first taste at the untapping Wednesday, May 13, at 5 p.m. at the Stream Plant Grill in Downtown Spokane.

 The head brewers at the Steam Plant Grill and Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company worked with Eckart to discover what the German-born conductor liked in a beer. After tasting and discussing Eckart’s favorite beer profiles, they created a new recipe for the Maestro’s Brew. When it came time to brew this recipe for the first time ever, he was right there to participate in the process. Now you are invited to be there when Eckart tastes his own brew for the first time. After Eckart has the first pint, it will be available to the public at the Steam Plant Grill until the batch is gone. Owners of the Steam Plant Grill, Ron and Julie Wells, Gage and Spencer Stromberg, will make a donation to the Symphony for each pint sold.

The creation of the special brew is on the occasion of the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Symphony Associates joining forces to create a new and exciting early Summer fundraiser, Best Fest featuring two “Best Of” concerts by the orchestra inside the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the Maestro’s Brew Party in a tent in the parking lot in conjunction with one of the concerts.

The Best Fest will begin on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. with The Best of Mozart. The light-hearted celebration of the music of one of Classical music’s most celebrated and revered composers will be under the always dynamic and entertaining Eckart Preu. 

On Friday, June 5, as part of Downtown’s First Friday celebration, Eckart Preu and the members of the biggest band in town will play The Best of the Movie Music of John Williams in the Theater at 7 p.m. Members of the 501 Legion will appear in full Star Wars costumes to help kick off the program with the Star War’s theme.

In conjunction with the Pops-themed concert on June 5, the Maestro’s Brew Party will be open in tents in the theater parking lot from 5 to 10:30 p.m. featuring beer sampling, including the Maestro’s Brew, provided by Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company. Maestro Preu and musicians of the orchestra will join the “fun”raising event following the concert.

 

Celebrate start of summer at Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest

Event features a weekend of Beethoven, wine and beer tasting, and ice-cream salute to Dad

The Spokesman-Review, Jim Kershner

The Spokane Symphony's Best Fest

Friday, 7 p.m.: The Best of the Classics, preceded by the Best of Spokane Wineries wine tasting at 5 p.m. and continuing after the concert until 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Best of Stage and Screen, preceded by the Brew Fest beer tasting at 5 p.m. and after the concert until 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 4 p.m.: A Patriotic Salute to the 100th Anniversary of Father’s Day, preceded by the Ice Cream Tasting and Family Picnic beginning at 2 p.m.

 

It’s hard to know where to begin.

With the Beethoven?

Or the beer?

The Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest is a hybrid event that combines the greatest works of musical history with the finest ingestibles of the Inland Northwest. It’s a creative way to kick off the summer and support the Spokane Symphony.

Let’s get straight to it:

Friday, “The Best of the Classics”: It all begins at 5 p.m. (two hours before concert time) in a tent outside the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. For a $15 tasting fee (separate from the concert ticket), you can sample wines from the following local wineries:

• Arbor Crest – 2009 Riesling and 2008 Syrah.

• Caterina – 2001 Willard Family Vineyard Merlot, 2007 Columbia Valley Merlot, 2008 Columbia Valley Chardonnay.

• Latah Creek – Monarch Red, Vinosity, Chardonnay, Huckleberry d’Latah.

• Nodland – 2006 Private Blend.

• Robert Karl – 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 Syrah.

• Townshend – Symphony Red, Fox White, Huckleberry Blush.

• Whitestone – 2006 Merlot, 2006 Franc, 2007 Meritage.

Cheese and fruit plates will also be available for sale.

That should put the audience in a mellow mood for the concert, conducted by music director Eckart Preu, which will consist of pieces voted on by symphony patrons.

The selections include the first movement from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” the second and fourth movements from Prokofiev’s First Symphony, the first and fourth movements from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the fourth movement from Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony, the fourth movement from Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony and the fourth movement from Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

The wine-tasting will continue after the concert until 10:30 p.m. You’ll get to keep your souvenir wine glass.

Saturday, “The Best of Stage and Screen”: The beer-tasting begins in the tent at 5 p.m., two hours before concert time. A $15 tasting fee (separate from the concert ticket) gets you samples of the following, from the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. at the Steam Plant:

• Maestro Brew (brewed to Preu’s specifications).

• Papa’s Pale Ale (a special Father’s Day brew).

• Huckleberry Ale.

• Vanilla Bourbon Stout.

• Rockford Bay IPA.

Bratwurst will also be available for sale.