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Spokane, WA: "Sensory-friendly symphony for people with ASD debuts

May 19, 2023, Spokane Spokesman Review: Sensory-friendly symphony concert Friday modifies for people on autistic spectrum

Music by the Spokane Symphony will lead off a little softer Friday evening. Lights in the auditorium won’t go abruptly to dark, but rather stay low.

In the lobby, audience members can check out weighted blankets or weighted vests along with fidget toys. Ushers will expect, and tolerate, some movement in the aisles.

Such steps are among approaches in the symphony’s first “sensory-friendly family concert” 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The performance is designed to be enjoyed by people on the autism spectrum.

The sensory-friendly performance is the first of two free family concerts that evening. The subsequent 7 p.m concert doesn’t have the sensory-friendly approaches but also offers music geared to children.

“We believe that music belongs to everyone,” said James Lowe, Spokane Symphony conductor and music director. “Inviting families into our home at the Fox is an integral part of our work to bring music to the widest range of people – especially our children.

“I am particularly proud to have designed a sensory-friendly concert that emphasizes the expansion of our philosophy.”…

“This sensory-friendly concert is such an additional step in making sure any person can experience a live orchestra.”…


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