The 54th season of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) launches Oct. 18 with some of the most well- known music of all time, William Tell Overture (known to many as the Lone Ranger), Symphony No. 9 in B minor and Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.
“The Okanagan is rich with artistic talent and I have discovered many wonderful musicians that I have been privileged to share the stage with as members of the orchestra and as guest artists,” said Rosemary Thomson, music director for the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. “We strive to present a season of rich and diverse concert experiences that mix the tried and true repertoire with fresh new voices.”
Outreach and education programs; a major part of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will see continued growth this year. This year will include a celebration of the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan’s 25thAnniversary with a Birthday Bash as well as family matinee in December—Amahl and the Night Visitors—and the holiday season won’t be complete without a sing-along; the December Masterworks Messiah will include an afternoon performance with singalong guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
In April, the OSO brings our annual school showcase to the stage with Carnaval of the Animals. Schools looking to book should contact Andrea at the Okanagan Symphony office as spaces are almost gone for all shows.
“The Okanagan Symphony’s 54th Season will be as exciting as it is ambitious in scope.” states Scott Wilson, general manager of the OSO. “A star-studded cast of guest artists: Dale Baltrop, Joseph Johnson, Stephanie Nakagaway, Lynne McMurtry, Gordon Bintner, Jason Ragan, Chelsea Rus, Taylor Pardell, Martin Sadd, Aaron Durand, Jan Lisiecki, Guy Few, Nadina Mackie Jackson Susanne Hou and local favourites Colleen Venables and Shane Koyczan will all offer something for everyone in a cornucopia of musical delights.”
Tickets for performances are available at the Kelowna Actors Studio 250-862-2867 or online via www.okanagansymphony.com.
The OSO provides concerts, outreach, family matinees, fundraisers and education for all those who enjoy live music, culture and the arts. The OSO is the third largest professional symphony orchestra in British Columbia. They have been entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960. To learn more about the OSO visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at www.twitter.com/OKSymponyOrch or www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra.