Don’t ask me how, but I managed to break my foot a few weeks ago. Usually I’m really good at shrugging off injuries, but this minor fracture is the variety that can’t be ignored.
As a result, ice packs and a borrowed cane are some of my closest companions these days. Working at the Performing Arts Centre, I’ve also developed a new and wonderful appreciation for something else I previously ignored: really great handrails.
As far as handrails go, I have reasonable confidence that the centre is home to some of Vernon’s best. See for yourself (broken bones not required) when you attend these next few events:
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is back at the Performing Arts Centre tonight for their performance of Titans.
Welcoming dual-discipline soloist Jonathan Chan to the stage, the program includes Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy and Bruch’s Concerto in G Minor. There is a pre-concert talk in the Marie Fleming Hall starting at 6 p.m., and the concert starts in the main auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door after 6 p.m.
This Thursday night, comedian Brent Butt is on stage at the Performing Arts Centre for his one man show, Up Close and Personal.
He’s the creator and star of the wildly popular Corner Gas, where his clean and relaxed comedic style garnered national attention. He continues to tour the country with his storytelling prowess, delighting audiences along the way. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).
On May 17 at 2 p.m., Chorfest 2015 presents their public concert at the Performing Arts Centre. Chorfest is a celebration of song held every year by the B.C. Choral Federation. Singers from all over the province are participating in workshops throughout Vernon from May 15 to 17 and the public concert showcases these works and culminates in a mass choir on stage for the final two numbers. Admission is by donation and the doors open at 1 p.m. so plan to arrive early to get a good seat.
The Community Dental Access Centre’s Tunes for Teeth is coming up May 22 at Vernon Alliance Church.
The program features the modern Celtic sounds of Cod Gone Wild, the acoustic harmony of The Keys, and the rock, blues and jazz of The Creeks to raise awareness and funds for the reduced-cost dental clinic.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at Vernon Alliance and tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).
The North Okanagan Community Concert Association presents the Elektra Women’s Choir at the Performing Arts Centre May 23.
Forty voices and four different vocal ranges provide up to 12-part harmony.
This incredible Vancouver-based choir started up in 1987 and continues to bring richness and depth to their performances. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).
And Theatre B.C.’s Okanagan Zone Drama Festival runs from May 24 to 29 at Powerhouse Theatre. This year’s selections are Powerhouse’s The Diviners, The Hub Arts Collective’s Doubt, Back Stage Theatre’s State of Confusion, Fred Skeleton Theatre’s Our Country’s Good, Theatre Kelowna’s Having Hope at Home and Shuswap Theatre’s Pack of Lies.
Six, five and three-pack subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by phone at 549-SHOW (7469) or on-line at www.ticketseller.ca.
Enjoy the shows!
– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.