About This Event

The Downtown Spokane Partnership is proud to present “30 Minutes with:”, a recurring series of virtual, 30-minute question and answer sessions with local industry experts and community figures discussing the most pressing topics of the day. Sessions are hosted on Zoom, and free to attend.

In this session, James Lowe, Spokane Symphony Music Director, will discuss the importance of a city having an orchestra, as well as why classical music matters in today’s age.

**Win tickets to see the Spokane Symphony!**
All attendees in this Zoom event will be entered to win a pair of tickets to one of the following concerts with the Spokane Symphony, conducted by James Lowe at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox—six chances to win!

  • Carmina Burana, March 19 at 8:00pm
  • Masterworks 7: Russian Tales, April 23 at 8:00pm
  • Masterworks 7: Russian Tales, April 24 at 3:00pm

This session has concluded. To watch a recording of the session, click below.


About James Lowe:

James Lowe, Music Director of the Spokane Symphony since 2019, is the eighth conductor in the orchestra’s 76-year history.

He previously held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland, Associate Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra in Germany, and he worked as Orchestras Advisor to the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

Born in Nottingham, England, Lowe began playing the viola as a child and went on to graduate from the University of Edinburgh with first class honors in music. He was subsequently invited by Benjamin Zander to be the Zander Conducting Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, and was a recipient of the Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent, working as assistant conductor to Mr. Haitink with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Lowe has conducted orchestras all over the world, including engagements with the Osaka and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, plus numerous other ensembles in Europe, South Africa and the United States.

In addition to his conducting work, Lowe is active as an educator, teacher of conducting, and he’s researching ways in which orchestras can meaningfully engage with a wider public.

Lowe is married to Charlotte Maberly, a food educator, and they live in Scotland. His interests outside of music include books, reading, writing, golf, snow skiing, hiking, wine and cooking.

Learn more about the Spokane Symphony here.

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