KSO welcomes young soloist

When Marcella Barz makes her debut on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, conductor Bruce Dunn won’t be worried about those notes coming from her clarinet.

That early interplay between the soloist and the group of musicians behind her will naturally flow because Barz is following in a long line of other emerging artists to share the stage with the KSO.

The 18-year-old won the right to at the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts, performing the same piece she will do with the KSO on the weekend.

Adjudicators at the annual festival are charged with also identifying musicians who can perform at a level where playing with the KSO would benefit them, Dunn said, and assist them moving forward in musical studies at a post-secondary level.

Those selected for consideration perform at the end of the festival in an honours concert at which Dunn and a couple of others listen and decide if one is good enough to join the choir for its Christmas concert.

“Marcella plays very, very well,” Dunn said, noting the piece she will perform — which she also did at the festival — is by the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy, a challenging piece where a certain level of musical maturity is needed to meet the quality and variety of harmonies in the piece, First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra.

The program includes several season pieces, including some sing-along Christmas carols.

The concert will be repeated on Sunday, Dec. 16. Both performances are at Sagebrush Theatre.

Tickets are at the Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483.

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