by Lydia Zuraw
Enjoy old classics like "What a Wonderful World" and "Night and Day" on Saturday, performed by nationally-acclaimed vocal group Five By Design and the Spokane Symphony. The new production of Cool and Swingin' is the group's fifth appearance with the symphony and will feature a special guest: alto sax legend Richie Cole.
Five By Design specializes in music from the American songbook and jazz-influenced harmonies. It began in 1982 at the University of Wisconsin and today features members Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Sheridan Zuther, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg and Terrance Niska.
Cool and Swingin' celebrates Cole's 40-year career with the likes of Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band, the Manhattan Transfer and many other jazz greats. It uses a radio-show format, with classic arrangements among commercials and sketches.
To keep the evening swinging after the concert, Six Foot Swing's Heather Villa and Friends will play their brand of swing and jazz in the lobby of the theater. The bar will stay open and feature drinks created especially for the party.
Spokane Symphony SuperPops 2: Cool and Swingin' takes place on Sat, Nov. 12 at 8pm at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $25-$58 and you can purchase them at spokanesymphony.org or by calling (509) 624-1200.