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.

 

 

OLD FRIENDS

GUEST ARTIST

IAN PARKER | PIANO

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

 

Haydn’s symphonies are full of wit and charm. It’s no wonder Brahms chose a theme by Haydn on which to base this set of variations. Brahms’ first concerto is recognized as a masterpiece on a grand scale.  Audience favourite and OSO friend, pianist Ian Parker, will wow our listeners with his brilliant interpretation.


 

OLD FRIENDS

GUEST ARTIST

IAN PARKER | PIANO

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

 

Haydn’s symphonies are full of wit and charm. It’s no wonder Brahms chose a theme by Haydn on which to base this set of variations. Brahms’ first concerto is recognized as a masterpiece on a grand scale.  Audience favourite and OSO friend, pianist Ian Parker, will wow our listeners with his brilliant interpretation.


OSO RIVER CRUISE RAFFLE

Including three Early Bird Prizes

With hosts

THE GRYPHON TRIO

Cruise dates: September 18 - 28, 2020

UPCOMING  CONCERTS

 

O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS
MASTERWORKS V


BACH’S PLAYLIST

IVARS TAURINS | CONDUCTOR

 

Vernon: Thursday, April 2; 7:00pm
Kelowna: Friday, April 3; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, April 4; 7:30pm


 

O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS
MASTERWORKS VI


ODE TO JOY

MONICA HUISMAN | SOPRANO
LYNNE MCMURTRY | MEZZO-SOPRANO
GORDON GIETZ | TENOR
AARON DIMOFF | BARITONE
OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS

 

Kelowna: Friday, May 8; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, May 9; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, May 10; 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