Leonard Byrne joins SSQ for ‘Doors’ for String Quartet and Tuba

The Spokane String Quartet concludes its “All in the Family” season Sunday, May 7, with a guest appearance by Leonard Byrne, tuba player and husband of SSQ cellist Helen Byrne.

The 3 p.m. concert at the Bing Crosby Theater features “Doors” for String Quartet and Tuba by New Mexico State University educator Dr. Lon W. Chaffin. “Doors” is a four-movement composition inspired by photographs taken by Albuquerque photographer Jim Gale.

Byrne has played the tuba for the Spokane Symphony since 1975. He earned an advanced degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and worked as a design engineer for several technology companies in Liberty Lake. He retired in 2001 from his “day job” to devote more time to music.

Rounding out the program are String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12, by Felix Mendelssohn and String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74, “Harp,” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

All seats are general admission and are available from TicketsWest and at the door an hour before the concert. Click here to buy tickets online. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Persons under 18 and students with ID are admitted free. For this concert, wear your 2023 Bloomsday finisher T-shirt and get in free.