Christine Pilgrim

Messiah soloists Marion Newman (mezzo soprano

Concert review: Hallelujah for OSO’s Messiah

The Okanagan Symphony, soloists and 105-strong choir played Handel's Messiah to a sold-out Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Messiah soloists Marion Newman (mezzo soprano
Christine Pilgrim OSO Music director Rosemary Thomson

Symphony Review: OSO opens season in a D major triumph

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra scored a major triumph at Sunday’s opening of its 2016/17 season.

Christine Pilgrim OSO Music director Rosemary Thomson
Members of Kokopelli

Concert review: NOCCA season ends in a melding of cultures

University of Pretoria Youth Choir and Edmonton's Kokopelli created a rainbowed feast of united energy, rhythm and song.

Members of Kokopelli
Pianist Chris Donnelly and clarinetist Kornel Wolak take questions from Sunday night’s audience at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Concert Review: Duo is on a first-name basis with its audience

The North Okanagan Community Concert audience was treated to an evening of unadulterated excellence by the Wolak Donnelly Duo Sunday.

Pianist Chris Donnelly and clarinetist Kornel Wolak take questions from Sunday night’s audience at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
Sergei Saratovsky leans against NOCCA’s 1887 Steinway before a performance so dramatic that he and tuner Matt Arnett had to check for broken strings at the Performing Arts Centre Sunday

Concert Reviews: Steinway’s last stand

Sergei Saratovsky delivers afternoon of bliss on the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s soon-to-be retired 1887 Steinway piano.

Sergei Saratovsky leans against NOCCA’s 1887 Steinway before a performance so dramatic that he and tuner Matt Arnett had to check for broken strings at the Performing Arts Centre Sunday
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

Concert Review: Toe-tapping gypsy jazz at its joyful best

Review of the North Okanagan Community Concert presentation of Christine Tassan et les Imposteures.

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Borealis String Quartet members Nikita Pogrebnoy (left)

Concert Review: Borealis opens concert series with flair

Borealis String Quartet gives world premiere of Imant Raminsh's Quartet No 3 to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

Borealis String Quartet members Nikita Pogrebnoy (left)
Members of the Elektra Women’s Choir relax in the green room at the Performing Arts Centre before their concert Saturday

Concert Review: Choir gives an ‘Elektra-fying’ finale

Elektra Women's Choir closed the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s season with professional polish and aplomb.

Members of the Elektra Women’s Choir relax in the green room at the Performing Arts Centre before their concert Saturday
Alysha Black plays Bruch's Violin Concerto in D Minor before the North Okanagan Community Concert Association's presentation of the Bergmann Duo

Concert Review: Bergmann Duo show that four hands are better than two

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann give the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s penultimate concert of the 2014/15 season.

Alysha Black plays Bruch's Violin Concerto in D Minor before the North Okanagan Community Concert Association's presentation of the Bergmann Duo
Cellist Charles Inkman

Concert Review: Joes are way above average

The Joe Trio not only carried out its mandate to “unstuff” the classics; it kicked the stuffing clean out of them.

Cellist Charles Inkman
Virtuoso horn player Louis-Philippe Marsolais (left) and North Okanagan Community Concert Association president Paul Maynes celebrate the success of Tuesday’s gala concert featuring Les Violons du Roy.

Concert Review: Les Violons du Roy play music fit for a king

Les Violons du Roy awed Tuesday’s North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s gala audience.

Virtuoso horn player Louis-Philippe Marsolais (left) and North Okanagan Community Concert Association president Paul Maynes celebrate the success of Tuesday’s gala concert featuring Les Violons du Roy.
Glenn Lévesque (left)

Concert review: Montréal musketeers have spirit

A common spirit connects three French Canadian musical musketeers known on their six CDs as the Montréal Guitare Trio.

Glenn Lévesque (left)
Members of Van Django take to the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre as part of the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s current season.

CONCERT REVIEW: Van Django concert adds some heat

Vancouver-based acoustic string quartet Van Django breathed fire into gypsy jazz

Members of Van Django take to the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre as part of the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s current season.
Concert pianist Ian Parker was joined by Vernon violinst Colleen Venables during the North Okanagan Community Concert Association matinée Sunday.

CONCERT REVIEW: Parker inspires and connects with audience

Parker was joined by Vernon’s teenage prodigy, Colleen Venables

Concert pianist Ian Parker was joined by Vernon violinst Colleen Venables during the North Okanagan Community Concert Association matinée Sunday.
Flutist Christie Reside and pianist Terence Dawson check over their music before performing for North Okanagan Community Concert-goers Friday.

Concert review: Duo gets back to Bach

Christie Reside and Terence Dawson impressed North Okanagan Community Concert-goers at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Friday.

Flutist Christie Reside and pianist Terence Dawson check over their music before performing for North Okanagan Community Concert-goers Friday.
Roman Borys (cello)

Concert Review: A ‘gem’ opens diamond year for NOCCA

North Okanagan Community Concert Association celebrates its 60-year anniversary with a sparkling performance by The Gryphon Trio.

Roman Borys (cello)
Clarinet virtuoso François Houle

Concert Review: Musicians give rhapsodic finale

Clarinet virtuoso François Houle and pianist Jane Hayes bring a rhapsodic close to the North Okanagan Community Concert Association season.

Clarinet virtuoso François Houle
OSO conductor Rosemary Thomson goes over the score of Rachmaninoff's Concerto in C Minor with renowned concert pianist Minsoo Sohn who had just flown in from Michigan to rehearse with the orchestra the night before Thursday's concert.

Concert Review: Okanagan Symphony conjures kaleidoscopic images

Thursday’s Okanagan Symphony concert, aptly entitled Kaleidoscope, met expectations.

OSO conductor Rosemary Thomson goes over the score of Rachmaninoff's Concerto in C Minor with renowned concert pianist Minsoo Sohn who had just flown in from Michigan to rehearse with the orchestra the night before Thursday's concert.
Sergei Saratovsky rehearsing before his virtuoso performance

Pianist heralds spring on St. Patrick’s Day

Russian pianist Sergei Saratovsky brings a spectacular performance in the St. Patrick's Day concert sponsored by the NOCCA

Sergei Saratovsky rehearsing before his virtuoso performance
Montréal Guitar Trio’s Sébastien Dufour  joined band mates Marc Morin and Glenn Levesque in signing CDs for audience members after their performance on Friday.

CONCERT REVIEW: Glorious guitar fills Vernon Performing Arts Centre

Audiences are still buzzing about weekend concerts by the Montréal Guitar Trio and Okanagan Symphony featuring guitarist Daniel Bolshoy.

Montréal Guitar Trio’s Sébastien Dufour  joined band mates Marc Morin and Glenn Levesque in signing CDs for audience members after their performance on Friday.