A performer with Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats shows his balancing skills. The troupe is coming to Vernon to celebrate the Performing Arts Centre 12th birthday Friday.

CENTRE POINT: Fall into these shows

Get out to see the latest and greatest stunning dance performances, chamber and symphony music, rock concerts, comedy, and more.

While the change of seasons may not be evident in downtown Vernon just yet, a 20-minute drive towards either Lavington or Silver Star swiftly reminds: Green leaves don’t last forever.

Autumn is here, bringing with it fewer daylight hours and cooler evenings, making it a prime time to head indoors for live entertainment and artistic experiences.

This fall, get out to see the latest and greatest stunning dance performances, chamber and symphony music, rock concerts, comedy, and more. It’s all on tap in the weeks and months to come.

Coming up this Friday,  the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will be on stage to celebrate the Performing Arts Centre’s 12th birthday. It’s an oriental spectacle for all ages as these daring performers bring formidable balancing acts, dazzling acrobatics and brilliant antics to stage.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and limited tickets are still available. Call the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) for more information on what’s available.

Saturday night, the Vernon Jazz Club is host to Jennifer Scott and Brasileira.

It’s a high energy night of Brazilian influenced Latin and pop music and the dance floor is always open. The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup or at the door.

As of today, there’s only seven sleeps until children’s entertainment legend Fred Penner is at the Performing Arts Centre to open the 2013/14 Kids’ Series.

This musical master has delighted audiences for over 25 years in a career that includes 12 albums, nearly 900 episodes of his hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place, an induction into the Order of Canada, two Juno awards and so much more.

Showtime is 2 p.m. Oct. 6 and tickets and four-show subscriptions are on sale now through the Ticket Seller Box Office at 549-SHOW (7469)

The first of four performances in the all-new Morning Melodies series is set for Oct. 8 in the centre’s Marie Fleming Hall. These intimate classical music concerts start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee, treats and a chance to chat with the musicians.

Oct. 8 will feature Vancouver pianist Sarah Hagen with guest artist Ariel Barnes on cello. Barnes is known for his engaging, imaginative interpretations and commanding stage presence – and Morning Melodies offers a unique way to enjoy the talents of these two world-class musicians. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for tickets and subscription information.

These next two weeks are just a start; glance further into an exciting season of performances by visiting the Ticket Seller box office’s website, located at www.ticketseller.ca.

Happy autumn to all, and enjoy the shows!

–– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

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