Centre Point: The fun never ends

Worried about Vernon Winter Carnival being over? No problem. The next few weeks offer a feast of events to choose from.

The next few weeks are a feast of events to choose from.

Think of it like a potluck: there’s something on the table for everyone – and half the neighbourhood, too.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is back at the Performing Arts Centre this evening at 7 p.m. for their performance of Heroes and Heroines.

The versatile James Campbell, one of the world’s foremost clarinetists, joins the symphony on stage for an evening of classics and jazz with music selections from Beethoven, Benny Goodman and more.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or go online at www.ticketseller.ca for your tickets.

The North Okanagan Community Concert Association presents Russian-Canadian pianist Sergei Saratovsky at the Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Feb. 21.

Since his last visit to Vernon in 2013, Saratovsky has performed concerts around the world and turned in a piano duo with his Moscow-based brother.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller, 250-549-SHOW (7469).

With a Juno nomination for best rock album of the year, The Sheepdogs continue their commitment to rock n’ roll excellence.

The band makes a tour stop at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Monday, Feb. 22 on the heels of releasing their fifth studio album Future Nostalgia.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available at the Ticket Seller box office.

The Performing Arts Centre Society’s Morning Melodies series continues Tuesday, Feb. 23 when violist Nicolo Eugelmi joins pianist Sarah Hagen for an intimate classical music concert.

Arrive at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre at 10 a.m. for coffee, tea, treats and a chance to chat with the musicians. The 70-minute concert starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall. Call the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

Waiting in the Wings, Powerhouse Theatre’s winter comedy about drama in a retirement home for actresses, is set to begin Feb. 24.

Performances are most evenings through to March 5, with matinees on weekends.

For a complete list of showtimes, visit the Ticket Seller website at www.ticketseller.ca or call 250-549-SHOW (7469).

Vancouver Opera is on the Performing Arts Centre stage Feb. 25 with their production of Stickboy.

Written by world-renowned poet-spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, this modern opera is bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic and visually stunning and tells the story of a young boy struggling to find his place in a world that demands conformity and uniformity.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and you can call the box office for your tickets.

It’s a fun evening of Broadway Showstoppers at the Performing Arts Centre Feb. 27.

Students from Center Stage Performing Arts Academy and Lights of Broadway will  perform selections ranging from Wicked to Chicago, Mary Poppins and more.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the box office.

Baroque, Mostly is an evening of Baroque instrumental and vocal music presented by Early Music Okanagan.

Tenor Paul Moore will be joined by soprano Tracy Fehr, OKO BAROQUO, plus the Inspirati Chorale and others, performing pieces by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, and more.

The concert is at the All Saints Anglican Church Feb. 27 starting at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at 549-SHOW (7469).

And the Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society presents Annie Lou at the Vernon Atrium Hotel & Conference Centre Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Creating songs steeped in the flavours of Old Time Mountain, Appalachian, Country and Bluegrass music, Annie Lou brings superb musicianship and joyful energy to the stage along with three accompanying acoustic musicians.

Call 250-549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

Enjoy the shows!

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

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