String lovers rejoice: 2Cellos announced, CdA fiddle competition and symphony opener

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There’s a lot on the horizon for people interested in a little string action.

2Cellos
Playing the cello can be super cool, or at least that’s what the guys in 2Cellos want you to think. The YouTube sensations are heading to the INB Performing Arts Center April 18, proving that head banging instrumental versions of pop hits resonates well with folks — especially those who aren’t normally into classical music. 2Cellos, aptly made up of two Croatian cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, were first propelled to stardom in 2011 for their take on Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” — they were even featured on Glee and asked to tour with Elton John because of it. More recently, their Baroque-themed music video of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” has taken the world by storm, garnering millions of views. That song is included on their January release Celloverse. Tickets are $30-$60.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Fiddle Contest
The fiddle scene is seriously smokin’ hot in the Inland Northwest thanks to a bevy of teachers, bands and, of course, area competitions. The Coeur d’Alene Casino Fiddle Contest returns to Worley, Idaho, offering up more than $15,000 in cash and prizes for contestants playing today and Sunday. Fiddlers are separated into the following categories: Small Fry, Junior Junior, Junior, Accompanist, Young Adult, Adult and Senior with the Small Fry’s starting the whole thing off at 8:30 am Saturday. The public is more than welcome to attend the two-day event for free. 

Spokane Symphony season opener
Russian composers’ works never go quietly into the night — they’re brash and bold pieces of art, as dramatic as they come. So yes, an opening weekend full of Russian music is the perfect way to make a statement for the Spokane Symphony’s 70th season. Take Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, for example. This is that spooky devil-inspired piece folks grew up hearing in Disney’s Fantasia, and it’s sure to spark the audience’s attention immediately. Also expect a lot from the harsh and spectacular Bartók Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring acclaimed Filipina pianist Cecile Licad. The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox concert starts tonight at 8 pm, with one more chance to see it Sunday at 3 pm.