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.

 

 

LEGENDS

GUEST ARTIST

BRYAN CHENG | CELLO

Kelowna: Friday, October 18; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, October 19; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, October 20; 7:00pm

 

PROGRAM

John Estacio Frenergy
Antonin Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35

 

We kick off our 60th anniversary with the return of the legendary “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello to our stages, now in the hands of Bryan Cheng. He will be performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, one of the greatest ever written. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade shines the spotlight on our own concertmaster, Rachel Kristenson, playing solo cadenzas inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights.


 

LEGENDS

GUEST ARTIST

BRYAN CHENG | CELLO

Kelowna: Friday, October 18; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, October 19; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, October 20; 7:00pm

 

PROGRAM

John Estacio Frenergy
Antonin Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35

 

We kick off our 60th anniversary with the return of the legendary “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello to our stages, now in the hands of Bryan Cheng. He will be performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, one of the greatest ever written. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade shines the spotlight on our own concertmaster, Rachel Kristenson, playing solo cadenzas inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights.


UPCOMING  CONCERTS

 
O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS
MASTERWORKS II


THEMES & INNOVATIONS

MEAGHAN WILLIAMS | DOUBLE BASS

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


 
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


 
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


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.

 

During the five years that I volunteered, I was lucky to experience the entire vibrant life of the orchestra, from planning the seasons to concert nights. I met the outstanding guest artists who grace our stages – in no small part due to the commanding presence of our Maestra, Rosemary Thomson. 

MAESTRA THOMSON’S ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE IS ASTONISHING.  She has an unerring sense of just which classic and innovative pieces will go together to create memorable experiences. Her exuberant personality draws the best out of each and every one of our wonderful musicians. Her vision with regard to the role the OSO needs to play in the community is, well, visionary. The programs she creates to engage everyone from 3-year-olds and on are phenomenal.

I’m looking forward to continuing to support the Symphony and watching (and listening) as it attains ever-greater heights, inspiring us all during its 60th year and beyond.

Tracey Read

A Friend to the OSO