Guest Artist Sponsored by

Graham & Judy Burns



Symphonic Splendour

October 21 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
October 22 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
October 23 – Vernon @ 7:00pm
** Open dress rehearsal Friday October 21,2016 @ 2pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre

Guest Artist:

Lara St. John (violin)*

Galanta Dances (Kodaly)
Violin Concerto (Tchaikovsky)*
Symphony #2 (Brahms)

Symphony Storytime


OSO musicians will pair with our OSYO students to entertain our youngest audience members in this engaging series of preschool “cushion concerts”. Each show presents a family of instruments – Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion in four stories presented by Orff Master and creator Joe Berarducci. Children are actively engaged in these shows and everyone will receive a special colouring book to take home that include the songs they learned. Sign up for all four shows taking place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna.

Please bring your own cushions!
Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child.
2 yrs and under are free.

October 15 – Woodwinds – The Magic Pasta Pot
November 19 – Percussion -  The tale of humpty dumpty
December 17 – Brass – The Shoemaker and the Elves
JANUARY 28 – Strings - The Colossal Carrot

**Show Times are 10:00am and 11:30am
Shows are 40 minutes long.

*DECEMBER SHOW IS located at the blackbox theatre
1375 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P4
Entrance is behind the Kelowna Community Theatre

*** Located in the Salloum Rehearsal Hall
Rotary Centre for the Arts,
421 Cawston Ave. Kelowna BC, V1Y 6Z1


Madmen Across the Water
The Music of Elton John

November 18 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
November 19 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
November 20 – Vernon @ 7:00pm

Guest Artist:

Jeans ‘n Classics

We welcome the Jeans n’ Classics band for their Okanagan Symphony debut. The show will feature the well loved and classic songs of Elton John. From “Daniel” to “Rocket Man”, Elton John’s songs have stood the test of time and sold millions of copies around the world. Come and relive the past decades as we sing and play all of your favourites with the live orchestra as the “back up band.”
Psychedelic glasses optional.

Kelowna Performance sponsor



The Okanagan Children’s Choir


Family Matinee  

***Only in Kelowna

Hansel & Gretel

In collaboration with

December 3, 2016  -  2pm & 4pm
***Please note special pricing and ticketing information for this performance
Pricing – Adult - $23rca-logo-reverse-h
Senior - $ 19
Student - $14
Family Pack - $62
(Two Adult, Two Student)
Purchase through Rotary Centre for the Arts

Bring the whole family to this one-hour performance of Hansel and Gretel with beautiful music by Humperdinck. By turns playful and poignant, this well loved story is brought to life with a wonderful quartet of singers and the OSO. Recommended for ages 5 to 105 this is a colourful and fun show to get your youngest listeners started on a lifelong connection to the magic of live music.



December 16 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
December 17 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
December 18 – Vernon @ 7:00pm

Guest Artists:

Natalie Image (Soprano), 

Marion Newman (Mezzo), 

Scott Rumble (Tenor), 

Scott Brooks (Bass)

Just in time for Christmas we bring back Handel’s glorious masterpiece Messiah. Handel’s music brilliantly depicts the moving biblical texts. From the joyful “For Unto us a Child is Born” to the inspiring “Hallelujah Chorus” it is a joy to sing, play and listen to. A quartet of Stellar BC singers join the chorus and the orchestra for this glorious holiday tradition.

Guest Artist Sponsored by

ginette williams


Masterworks II

Beethoven Blockbusters

January 20 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
January 21 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
January 22 – Vernon @ 7:00pm
**Open Dress Rehearsal Friday January 20,2017 @ 2 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre

Guest Artist:

Ian Parker (piano)*

Coriolan Overture (Beethoven)
Piano Concerto No. 5 Op 73 (Beethoven)*
Symphony No. 7 Op 92 (Beethoven)

Beethoven was a genius. His music kicked open the door of the romantic era imbuing the orchestral sound with more power then it had ever had before. We show off his many moods from the drama of the Coriolan Overture to the exuberance and great beauty of the Symphony No. 7. Okanagan favourite Ian Parker returns for the “Emperor” Concerto where the OSO will race him to the end!

Concert Sponsored By




Latin Fiesta

February 17 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
February 18 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
February 19 – Vernon @ 7:00pm
** Open dress rehearsal on Friday February 17,2017 @ 1:30pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre


Guest Artists:

Christie Reside (flute)*

Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra #

Three Latin American Dances (Gabriela Lena Frank)
Flute Concierto Pastoral (Joaquin Rodrigo)*
Huapango (Jose Pablo Moncayo)
Danzon No. 2 (Marquez)

It’s Carnival time. Sensual melodies, syncopated rhythms and colourful instrumentation will make this concert toe-tapping fun. Principal flutist of the VSO, Christie Reside is featured in Rodrigo’s evocative Concierto Pastoral. Inspired by the youth and fire of the El Sistema program in Venezuela, we share our stage with the OSYO for Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2. Olé

Guest Artist Sponsored By

Graham & Judy Burns



Colours of Russia

March 10 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
March 11 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
March 12 – Vernon @ 7:00pm
** Open dress rehearsal Friday March 10,2017 @ 2pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre

Guest Artist:

Minsoo Sohn (piano)*

Blaze (Vivian Fung)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rachmaninov)*
Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)

The Russians are coming, putting all the colours of the orchestra front and centre. Inspired by his friend’s paintings, Mussorgsky’s epic Pictures at an Exhibition paints these pictures in sound. Originally for piano, Ravel created this version for orchestra which makes the colours of the piece even more vibrant. Pianist Minsoo Sohn brought the house down on his last visit and returns to show off his incredible colour on the piano.

Concert Sponsored By 

Dr. Doug & Loretta Hardy



Italian Airs & Graces

April 7 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
April 8 – Penticton @ 7:30pm
April 9 – Vernon @ 7:00pm
** Open dress rehearsal Friday April 7,2017 @ 2pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre

Guest Artists:

Arnold Choi (cello) & Estelle Choi (cello)*

Ancient Airs & Dances Suite (Respighi)
Concerto for 2 Cellos G-minor (Vivaldi)*
Aeromancy for 2 Cellos (Morlock)*
Symphony No. 4 “Italian” (Mendelssohn)

We enter spring with an air of grace in this concert inspired by Italy and the baroque era. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances gives us elegant miniatures inspired by lute songs from a bygone era. Mendelssohn’s most popular symphony brings beautiful Italian nuance to a rigorous Germanic form.We welcome back extraordinary cellists Arnold Choi and Sister Estelle Choi to present two stunning works for cello duo with orchestra. Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Cellos which is full of bubbly musical conversation and Aeromancy by Canadian Jocelyn Morlock, a work of great beauty inspired by divination through observing the air around us.



Canadiana Suite:

A Sesquicentennial Celebration

May 4 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
May 5 – Kelowna @ 7:30pm
May 6 – Vernon @ 7:00pm

In collaboration with

Ballet Kelowna

Train (R. Murray Schafer)
Canadiana Suite (Oscar Peterson arr. Lance Anderson)

Collaborative partners Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) join forces to present Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, a special tribute performance in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.  With music arranged for and performed by the OSO, the program celebrates some of Canada’s most important and influential musical icons including R. Murray Schafer, Gordon Lightfoot, and Oscar Peterson. Ballet Kelowna will further ignite the stage with four world premieres from renowned Canadian choreographers Donald Sales, Gioconda Barbuto, Matjash Mrozewski, and Simone Orlando.

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