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.

 

 

THEMES & INNOVATIONS

GUEST ARTIST

MEAGHAN WILLIAMS | DOUBLE BASS

Kelowna: Friday, November 22; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, November 23; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, November 24; 7:00pm

 

PROGRAM

Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mark Haney Placentia Bay: Summer of 1941 (World Premiere)
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36

 

All of these works begin with a theme: one borrowed, one created and one taken from the pages of history. Vaughan Williams reached back to the 16th century to create his Fantasia. Elgar created his own enigmatic theme with variations based on each of his close friends. Mark Haney’s bass concerto is a world premiere. Composed especially for our own Meaghan Williams and the OSO for our 60th Anniversary, it is inspired by hymn tunes played at a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia, Newfoundland.


 

THEMES & INNOVATIONS

GUEST ARTIST

MEAGHAN WILLIAMS | DOUBLE BASS

Kelowna: Friday, November 22; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, November 23; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, November 24; 7:00pm

 

PROGRAM

Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mark Haney Placentia Bay: Summer of 1941 (World Premiere)
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36

 

All of these works begin with a theme: one borrowed, one created and one taken from the pages of history. Vaughan Williams reached back to the 16th century to create his Fantasia. Elgar created his own enigmatic theme with variations based on each of his close friends. Mark Haney’s bass concerto is a world premiere. Composed especially for our own Meaghan Williams and the OSO for our 60th Anniversary, it is inspired by hymn tunes played at a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia, Newfoundland.


OSO RIVER CRUISE RAFFLE

Including three Early Bird Prizes

With hosts

THE GRYPHON TRIO

Cruise dates: September 18 - 28, 2020

UPCOMING  CONCERTS

 
EDUCATION
OSYO


 

  

FALL CONCERT

OKANAGAN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Vernon: Saturday, November 16; 3:00pm
Penticton: Sunday, November 17; 2:00pm
Kelowna: Sunday, November 17; 7:00pm


 
EDUCATION
SYMPHONY STORYTIME


 

  

SYMPHONY STORYTIME

THE TALE OF HUMPTY DUMPTY featuring THE PERCUSSION SECTION
 

Kelowna: Saturday, November 23; 10am & 11:30am


 
OSO
SPECIALS I

MESSIAH

KALLIE CLAYTON | SOPRANO
SHANE HANSON | COUNTERTENOR
OWEN MCCAUSLAND | TENOR
STEPHEN HEGEDUS | BASS-BARITONE
OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS

 

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


DID YOU KNOW?

 

‘Cello’ is actually only a nickname. It is the abbreviation of the full name violoncello, which, in Italian, means a ‘small large viol.’ This bizarre name denotes its complicated history of size change.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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