COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

In accordance with the direction of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry surrounding the hosting of public events, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra has cancelled the remainder of its season, including Bach’s Playlist April 2-4, Ode to Joy May 8-10, Symphony Storytime March 28 and April 25 and the OSYO concerts May 2 & 3.

While we sincerely regret this development, the OSO remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of our musicians, staff and audiences above all else.

We appreciate your patience as we actively work with our ticketing partners to determine next steps for current ticket holders. These will be communicated via email, on this website and through our Facebook page as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and your support. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates with any new information or developments regarding future performances.

We wish all of our Okanagan neighbours good health and good spirits during this challenging time.

OSO RIVER CRUISE RAFFLE

Including three Early Bird Prizes

I can’t imagine winter without Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concerts. Our family moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2011, and since then the Okanagan Symphony has been an important part of our social and cultural network. We have all grown to love the comfort of attending a local, regular, symphony where we can PUT ASIDE LIFE’S DUTIES AND BE TRANSPORTED, INSPIRED, MOVED TO TEARS, ENTERTAINED, OR TRANSFIXED BY THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC.

The magic of the symphony has moved beyond merely attending for us. At the age of six, Henry, our third child and a budding pianist, attended a music camp. As we sat and listened to the final string concert where 75 players played in unison, Henry turned to me and said, “Mum, I’ve got to learn the violin!” Yes, he has studied violin and piano from that time on, and all four of our children play in the OSYO. Emily, our oldest, also plays violin in the OSO as a student.

The importance of a local symphony is especially apparent when raising children. HAVING PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY IMPROVES THE QUALITY AND RANGE OF INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE. It also makes learning music more relevant to life, as they have role models to inspire them in the pursuit of excellence.

I think it is fair to say I can’t imagine life in the Okanagan without the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra!

Patricia Baker

OSO Supporter, Volunteer, Patron, and OSYO Parent