“Maestros’ Musings” - Listen in on Thursday, April 22 at 12:30 pm as OSO music director Rosemary Thomson chats with Dina Gilbert, music director of both the Kamloops Symphony and the Orchestre symphonique de l'Estuaire in Québec. The conversation between these two dynamic, accomplished women conductors is sure to be fascinating. This is the third in our four-part series and response has been phenomenal. The episode is free but pre-registration is required. Visit https://okanagansymphony.com/maestros-musings/ to register for this episode or the final one in May, or to listen to the recordings of the first two.
The Okanagan Symphony presents a series of Pocket Orchestras over the summer. Featuring smaller ensembles of talented musicians, this series of concerts will be presented mainly at outdoor locations throughout the valley, including BX Press Cidery, the Caetani Cultural Centre, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, and 3 backyard concerts in collaboration with Chamber Music Kelowna. Presenting music from throughout the ages, OSO's Pocket Orchestra concerts are sure to bring a smile to your face, and even a tap of your toes. Click on event for dates, times and venues.
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents "A New Dawn"
We open our season with music of hope for new beginnings. Csetkwe Fortier of the Syilx First Nation raises her voice and her drum to bring whispers of the mountain; we explore music of evocative imagery in works titled Sunken City and Tangerine Trees. Join us for an evening of reflection and renewal as we make a gentle return to the stage at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre. Also available by livestreaming through Unicorns.live.
Tickets range from $32.60 to $65 and are available here through www.okanagansymphony.com
Join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra by Zoom for the next production of Maestro's Musings. You will love listening to Ivars Taurins and Rosemary Thomson shoot the breeze! A Baroque expert long associated with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Tafelmusic Orchestra, Ivars (our guest conductor for November's concert, "Bach's Playlist") is hilarious, vivacious, and full of great stories. Be sure to pre-register for this conversation between musical colleagues who have been friends for decades.
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The Okanagan Symphony Storytime presents, The Magic Pasta Pot, set for Saturday, November 6th. The enchanted pot of pasta is overflowing because we forgot the magic spell to make it stop! Come sing and dance as we act out this fun folktale! Bring your own cushion, and be prepared to move, dance, and sing along for the 9:30 or the 11:30 a.m. performances! Presented by master educator Joe Berarducci, these concerts are the perfect activity for a Saturday morning.
Shows are approximately 40 minutes long.
Pre-registration is required and tickets sell fast, so don't delay! Get on the OSO website today to purchase tickets.
Renowned baroque specialist Ivars Taurins leads the OSO in an eclectic program that celebrates the music of this historic era. Performing music from Bach’s own fascinating library of scores as well as pieces he performed in Leipzig, Maestro Taurins of Tafelmusik fame will tie this music all together with an insightful and entertaining narrative.
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The OSO welcomes two members from the Internationally renowned ensemble Quartetto Gelato to celebrate the season with dazzling artistry and irresistible humour. Multi-instrumentalist, film actor and Cirque de Soleil acrobat Colin Maier and brilliant Finnish accordionist Matti Pulkki join us in a program featuring oboe, fiddle, concertina, musical saw, accordion, vocals and more. This spectacular ensemble’s holiday program brings a “warm, endearing vitality” (NY Times) setting the perfect tone for a Holly Jolly Christmas! Click event for ticket link.
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents "MUSICAL SIBLINGS" at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on February 13th. Making music with family members – both literal and honorary – is one of life’s great joys. Fanny Mendelssohn composed side by side with her brother Felix, while in his time, Joseph Bologne was venerated alongside his musical kin, Mozart. Recent OSYO grads Holly McCallum and Angela Zeng have played duets together since they started studying the cello, capturing this same spirit of family music making. Click event for program details.
Singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy and Juno winner who is influenced by his Cuban roots, but not tied to tradition. His music has been described as “getting a coat of sunshine applied to your eardrums.” Come and immerse yourself in his guitar wizardry and soulful vocals as he shares his dynamic musical vision with us all. Table $35 - $70. Tickets available at https://okanagansymphony.com/tickets/
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents BACK TO BEETHOVEN. With his ferocious 3rd Symphony “Eroica”, Beethoven kicked open the door of the romantic era and left the classical world behind. His violin concerto comes to life in the hands of Kerson Leong, described by the Toronto Star as “not just one of Canada’s greatest violinists, but one of the greatest violinists, period.” A towering close to a season of resurgence. Click on event for ticket link.
Juno-nominated Cris Derksen is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer. Hailing from a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s, Dersken braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.