Conductor laureate Fabio Mechetti returns to lead the Spokane Symphony once more for its third Masterworks program

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Eighteen years after leading the Spokane Symphony, Fabio Mechetti is back with his baton.

The ink on his diploma from the illustrious Juilliard School was barely dry when Fabio Mechetti first set down his suitcase in Spokane. It was 1984, and the aspiring conductor — originally from São Paulo, the enormous cultural capital of Brazil — was starting his first professional gig in an American city he’d only just learned to locate on a map.

But what a time to arrive. Gunther Schuller,

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