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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Serves Italian and Wins Gold

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Serves Italian and Wins Gold

Dueling trumpets during a Vivaldi concerto. That’s not something you often see on a mid-February Friday night in the central Okanagan. But this was no ordinary night as Kelowna Community Theatre welcomed the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and a busload of phenomenal friends for a show-stopper entitled Viva L’Italia! – from the Chase Wines Masterworks Series. From Baroque concertos to the noble tradition of opera, Italian is known as the international language of music. During this two-hour-and-20-minute gig, the riveting…

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Handbells Highlight The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s Ringing In of the Holiday Season

Handbells Highlight The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s Ringing In of the Holiday Season

Question:  What do you get when you cross OSO with OHC on a FRI night at KCT three days before XMAS? Answer:  One joyous Christmas symphony and handbell chorus hallelujah expertly boxed, wrapped, and clanged before a packed house. Translation – the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and Okanagan Handbell Chorus (OKC) teamed up on the Friday before Christmas at Kelowna Community Theatre for a two-hour holiday mash up that was a newborn-king-inspired joy to the world. O Holy Night, the…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Aces its French Connection

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Aces its French Connection

On the final Friday of November, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra brought a certain power and panache to its live orchestral performance of The French Connection – Masterworks II at Kelowna Community Theatre.       This buzz worthy concert celebrated the lush and visceral music of the French romantics before the impressionists came onto the scene. The program, as selected by OSO Music Director Rosemary Thomson, included these diverse works:  Les Troyens Chasse royale et orage (Royal Hunt and Storm)…

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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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Ballet Kelowna and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Get an Early Start on Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Ballet Kelowna and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Get an Early Start on Sesquicentennial Celebrations

World premieres in Kelowna. They were super suite.         On the first Thursday of May, Kelowna Community Theatre was the gracious host site of several world premieres all neatly choreographed and composed into a visual parade of ballet and music. On this balmy eve in front of a packed house, Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) joined forces to present Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration and tribute performance in honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Yeah,…

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Q+A With Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rosemary Thomson

Q+A With Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rosemary Thomson

As a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up? RT:  When I was really young I would dance around the living room while my older sisters played the piano.  Like many little girls at the time, I fancied becoming a ballerina. What kind of musical background did you have and what instruments did you play? RT:  My parents met singing in a choir. My whole family (six siblings) would sing in the car as we…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Speaks Italian For One Night

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Speaks Italian For One Night

Cello. What was your entertainment choice on the first Friday night of April? For wife Elaine and me, we chose to hang out with a bunch of familiar faces who we’ve never met, don’t know any of their names, and possibly have absolutely nothing in common with. Sounds crazy, but this group has a way of stirring our emotions and putting a dash of allegro in our stride. This group would be none other than the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO)…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Sets Tone for Colours of Russia

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Sets Tone for Colours of Russia

Based on global events garnering outrageous headlines, perhaps a more accurate name of Friday night’s show at Kelowna Community Theatre might have been “From Russia with Love.” I mean that in a positive way. The only operatives peddling influence on this delightful evening were the musical tacticians in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO). Led by Music Director Rosemary Thomson, the OSO presented its “Masterworks IV – Colours of Russia” showcase to a sold-out house. The orchestral compositions were mostly upbeat…

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Alonzo King Puts a Cultural Spin on the Science of Ballet

Alonzo King Puts a Cultural Spin on the Science of Ballet

Have you ever had the experience of watching a movie or television drama and saying to yourself “I’m not really following the plot but like what I’m seeing?” That was me exactly on the first Tuesday night of March at Kelowna Community Theatre. In town for a one-night floor routine was the Alonzo King LINES Ballet from San Francisco. Based on this touring group’s reputation and global rave reviews, wife Elaine and I viewed this opportunity as a chance to…

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Latin Fiesta Friday with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO)

Latin Fiesta Friday with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO)

The third Friday of February at Kelowna Community Theatre was the whole enchilada as the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) got spicy and performed Masterworks III – Latin Fiesta. This night of colorful instrumentation and syncopated rhythms paid homage to Romance-speaking countries like Spain and regions such as Latin and South America. For a nearly packed house hungry for multi-cultural cuisine, there was a full menu on stage that featured three appetizing entrees: flutist (or flautist) Christie Reside on loan from…

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