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Ballet Kelowna Soldiers on With Acts of Remembrance

Ballet Kelowna Soldiers on With Acts of Remembrance

On Remembrance Day Eve 2017, it was a ballet bonanza of bonafide brilliance at Kelowna Community Theatre with one company premiere and two world premieres. This choreographer’s delight came courtesy of Ballet Kelowna, which on this occasion was celebrating the first production of its 15th anniversary season with Acts of Remembrance. Kudos to Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Kelowna, for assembling such a powerful program featuring nine chiseled dancers and a textured mix of athleticism and storytelling….

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Sounds of Silence Echo The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Sounds of Silence Echo The Simon & Garfunkel Story

On a cold and snowy Saturday night outside Kelowna Community Theatre, folks inside the old barn were Feelin’ Groovy and having A Hazy Shade of Winter good time seeing The Simon & Garfunkel Story unfold before their eyes in music and video. Late in the Evening, this was an outstanding musical tribute that paid homage and mad respect to singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. These two gents from Queens, New York first performed together in 1953 in an…

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Shane Koyczan Mesmerizes with Spoken Art Poetry

Shane Koyczan Mesmerizes with Spoken Art Poetry

When Shane Koyczan took the stage at Kelowna Community Theatre on the first Friday night of November, he seemed genuinely gobsmacked at the size of the crowd. About 700 seats were filled and this spoken word artist was almost speechless. “I know that poetry is not a normal Friday night event for most of you,” Koyczan offered with a chuckle. “Some of the men out there probably feel trapped at a poetry show. Just know that poetry gives socially awkward…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular Was a Macabre Mash of Treats

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular Was a Macabre Mash of Treats

They did the mash…….they did The Monster Mash……. it was an Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus smash…..it caught on in a flash. Good goblins, that was a frightfully good Halloween SPOOKtacular performed with devilish depravity at Kelowna Community Theatre a few nights ahead of trick-or-treaters taking over the streets. The sold-out house was treated to a Saturday night special 2-for-1 deal that saw the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and OSO Chorus performing together on one stage. Saying the KCT stage was…

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Derek Edwards Has Fun With Life’s Galling Moments

Derek Edwards Has Fun With Life’s Galling Moments

When you’ve been in the comedy arena for more than three decades, you develop a feel for storytelling, timing, pace, and how to deliver a punch line. That’s the easiest way to describe the comedic repartee of Derek Edwards and his “Alls I’m Saying” Comedy Tour that took place at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Friday of October. During his 90-minute stand-up act, just him and a microphone on stage, Edwards was deliberately tentative and never force fed any…

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Gordon Lightfoot in Twilight of Hall of Fame Career

Gordon Lightfoot in Twilight of Hall of Fame Career

If you could read my mind, you would know that Gordon Lightfoot was at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Thursday of October for pretty much a Canadian crooner, thanks-for-the-memories concert. When mentioning to a couple buddies that wife Elaine and I would be attending the show, one of them commented “man, that’s old school.” He was right. Lightfoot and his signature baritone vocals are so seasoned and from a nostalgic era that his first singer/songwriter chart-topping hits came out…

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André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

When an entertainer is billed as “the legendary man of a 1,000 voices and the number-one singing impressionist in the world” – those glowing accolades piqued my interest. So on the first of October I scooted over to Kelowna Community Theatre to see what the fuss was all about. It was Sunday night and the theatre about half full. There wasn’t a whole lot of buzz in the building. Let’s just say I was cautiously optimistic. Would this international performer…

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

That, my friends, was a professional symphony performance I will never forget. On the final Friday night of September, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) made a tour stop in Kelowna and absolutely positively blew the roof off Kelowna Community Theatre. Typed words cannot accurately express what took place inside the old barn as the VSO packed its 71 full-time musicians onto the stage and went on an amazing orchestral journey from first salvo to last bow. The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra…

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

It was Manitoba in the house at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Thursday night of September. Thanks to an invitation from the Kelowna Community Concert Association, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) made a tour stopover in the Okanagan to perform a delightful mix of contemporary and classic concertos. Adding silky tone and technical prowess to the program was guest cellist Ariel Barnes, a Vancouver native who dazzled the packed house with smooth solos under the baton expertise of Music…

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Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

I know what you’re thinking – what in the world is Symphonic Rock Evolution?! It’s not a thesis paper written at the School of Rock. It’s not an app for guitar-playing geologists. It’s not a rock opera about the creation vs. evolution debate and the origins of humanity. What Symphonic Rock Evolution is, cue the sparkly disco ball and flashing lights, is a 23-piece symphonic rock ensemble that put on one heckuva rock show on the first Saturday night of…

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