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Time for a symphony of a movie

Though I like classical music, I've not been a regular attender of the Spokane Symphony. Too many movies,  too little time … if you know what I mean.

Nevertheless, this past weekend I found myself twice at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. On Friday night, I attended the final edition of this season's Symphony With a Splash series. The "Dance Mix" involved four pieces and was a tango-themed program, which I loved.

Then on Sunday, I took part in a special program that was held before a 4 p.m. screening of Jack Clayton's 1974 movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby." My wife, Mary Pat Treuthart, who is my partner on the Spokane Public Radio show "Movies 101," and I talked about the movie — which she likes a lot more than I do — and we tried to give the audience a bit of the production's background.

I left the theater hoping that I hadn't ruined anything for anyone. But, hey, when you ask a critic to give his opinion …

Anyway, I'm seriously considering signing up for next season's Symphony With a Splash series. Maybe I can talk my wife, who is no fan of classical music, into coming with me. After all, I did agree to humor her and see Clayton's "Gatsby" effort. For a second time, I have to emphasize.

And fair's fair, right?