Harpist Graham Ord performs with the Okanagan Harp Orchestra for its Chase the Winter Chill away concert. Saturday

Harpist Graham Ord performs with the Okanagan Harp Orchestra for its Chase the Winter Chill away concert. Saturday

Chase the chill away with harp orchestra

The Okanagan Harp Orchestra gives its its annual concert at the Vernon Community Music School's Carriage House Loft Dec. 5.

The delicate touch of strings and a breath of flute will help warm the chill of winter when the Okanagan Harp Orchestra gives its its annual concert in Vernon.

The group’s leader, Vernon Community Music School harp instructor and performer Caroline Mackay, and the seven-harp orchestra will be joined by Leslie Uhlig on flute and will feature special guest artist Aaron Ord on solo harp.

Ord is a Grade 8 harp student of Mackay’s, and has been playing the harp for four years. He has built his own professional model harp with master craftsman Daniel Schmitt and has been seen performing in Kelowna and Vernon at markets, weddings, and concerts.

“He will introduce the audience to several of his pieces, each in a distinct style,” said Mackay.

Well-known for its diverse repertoire, the OHO will also delight audiences with lively Latin, gentle Celtic, classic folk and some Canadian originals.

The Okanagan Harp Orchestra’s Chase the Chill Away concert takes place Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Vernon Community Music School Loft, 1705 32nd Ave., Vernon.

Tickets are $15/adult  and $10 senior/student/child available from the VCMS at  250-545-4977, from caroline@highspiritsmusic.com, 250-768-0930, and from members of the orchestra.