WELCOME TO THE OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

We are proud to be a part of this community, showcasing new programs and artists each season while engaging all ages in the knowledge and joy of music-making.

 

Please join us, your family, friends and neighbours in experiencing all we have to offer as we celebrate 60 years in the Okanagan.

 

 

MESSIAH

GUEST ARTISTS

KALLIE CLAYTON | SOPRANO

SHANE HANSON | COUNTERTENOR

OWEN MCCAUSLAND | TENOR

STEPHEN HEGEDUS | BARITONE

OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS

Kelowna: Friday, December 20; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, December 21; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, December 22; 2:00pm

 

PROGRAM

George Frideric Handel  Messiah

 

Handel’s Messiah, with its beautiful arias, brilliant choruses and imaginative orchestrations, has stood the test of time as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. With a quartet of stunning soloists, our own Okanagan Symphony Chorus and your OSO, this is a Christmas tradition that you won’t want to miss.


 

MESSIAH

GUEST ARTISTS

KALLIE CLAYTON | SOPRANO

SHANE HANSON | COUNTERTENOR

OWEN MCCAUSLAND | TENOR

STEPHEN HEGEDUS | BARITONE

OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS

Kelowna: Friday, December 20; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, December 21; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, December 22; 2:00pm

 

PROGRAM

George Frideric Handel  Messiah

 

Handel’s Messiah, with its beautiful arias, brilliant choruses and imaginative orchestrations, has stood the test of time as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. With a quartet of stunning soloists, our own Okanagan Symphony Chorus and your OSO, this is a Christmas tradition that you won’t want to miss.


OSO RIVER CRUISE RAFFLE

Including three Early Bird Prizes

With hosts

THE GRYPHON TRIO

Cruise dates: September 18 - 28, 2020

UPCOMING  CONCERTS

 
OSO
SPECIALS II


ORCHESTRAL ROCK ODYSSEY

THE GARY CABLE PROJECT

Kelowna: Friday, January 17; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, January 18; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, January 19; 7:00pm


 
O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS
MASTERWORKS III


OSO DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

JANA LUKSTS | PIANO
KIRA SHINER | OBOE
ALICIA VENABLES | VIOLIN
NICK DENTON-PROTSACK | CELLO
OKANAGAN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Kelowna: Friday, February 7; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, February 8; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, February 9; 7:00pm


 

O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS
MASTERWORKS IV

OLD FRIENDS

IAN PARKER | PIANO

 

Kelowna: Friday, March 6; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, March 7; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, March 8; 7:00pm


DID YOU KNOW?

 

Historically, orchestral musicians performed in royal houses in formal attire. These days, you’ll often see our performers dressed in a similar style of black clothing. Having a consistent ‘look’ helps the audience focus on the music, and all its performers equally.

 

My love of music has been lifelong. I recall listening to my parents’ recordings of Mario Lanza and Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Neither of my parents were musicians but both had a fondness for music. I loved to sing and dance, and I continue to sing in the Naramata Choir. 

SYMPHONIC MUSIC IS SO RICH AND DEEP AND GRACEFUL. IT IS A PLACE OF COMFORT, PEACE AND SHEER JOY. I love to see the orchestra as much as listen to the music: the musicians’ and conductors’ look of concentration; their nimble and passionate motions bring the music to life. Since moving to the Okanagan six years ago I have enjoyed the Okanagan Symphony and was especially delighted to see music director Rosemary Thomson, with whom I was familiar as the conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. The repertoire and breadth of the orchestra is very impressive. Not only does the Okanagan boast a very professional and talented orchestra but they play in the three main centres in the Valley, including Penticton — close to my home. I was thrilled to learn that the Symphony Society has numerous other programs such as the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra and a range of programs for children and the public to make music more accessible beyond its concerts.

 Last year I was invited to join the Board of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Society. I was motivated by my desire to support the availability of orchestral music — classical and otherwise — in our communities, and by what I understand about the positive effects of music on health and the brain, and our emotional and psychological well-being and quality of life of people young and old. As a member of the Board, I am proud of our accomplishments artistically and as an organization. Keeping a relatively small regional orchestra going is a challenge but very worthwhile endeavour and I am delighted to be a part of the process in this 60th anniversary season. I applaud all the brilliant and dedicated people who give so much to this organization in a variety of ways for the love of music. 

Trish Picherack

OSO Board of Directors