Earlier in the day, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) had presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the bright Art Deco lobby. Patrons who had purchased the most expensive tickets had dinner at the nearby Davenport Hotel and then walked a red carpet for nearly two blocks to the theater entrance.
Tuxedos and gowns were much in evidence as the sold-out concert crowd filed in. Prior to this day, the symphony musicians had only rehearsed in their new multimillion-dollar home; this was the first time they would hear how the meticulously designed new acoustic properties would perform with a full audience.The first warm chords of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture filled the theater, and the Fox was officially reborn. Later in the concert, music director Eckart Preu turned to the audience and said, "Every musician seeks the best instrument, such as a Stradivarius. This building, right here, is our Strad" ("Power of Two").
Mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade sang pieces from Mozart, Offenbach, and Bizet. The concert concluded with Respighi’s "The Pines of Rome," which showed off the building's new tonal properties.
The grand opening celebrations continued over the next few days, with a free Community Showcase Day on November 18, 2007, a Tony Bennett concert on November 19, 2007, and a jazz-blues concert with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and Too Slim and the Taildraggers on November 20, 2007.
The theater is now the home of the Spokane Symphony and is also a venue for many other music and theater performances.