Pianist joins OSO for Kaleidoscope

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra welcomes Minsoo Sohn to the stage as it performs Kaleidoscope in Vernon Thursday.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra welcomes Minsoo Sohn to the stage as it performs Kaleidoscope this week in Vernon and Kelowna.

Sohn is known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, described by The Boston Globe as an “artist, a man who will create life in music, find listeners, and reward them.”

“We are excited to welcome  Minsoo to perform with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for the first time,” said OSO general manager Scott Wilson. “Minsoo’s flair, combined with the talent of our orchestra, will leave guests enjoying a performance with pieces ranging between heroic and the tenderly romantic.”

The OSO will perform Pierre Mercure’s Kaleidoscope, one of the composer’s earliest pieces written in 1947-48. The orchestra then moves on to perform Piano Concerto No. 2, written by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a piece that displays its emotions directly, and is particularly warm and melancholy. The final piece of this concert is Symphony in D Minor, composed by Cesar Franck, which is filled with bursts of slow movement to dramatic fury.

As part of the OSO outreach program, Sohn will also be offering a master class workshop in Kelowna Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., providing students and those interested an opportunity to learn from a Canadian master.

“Musicians of all ages are looking forward to the opportunity to listen and learn, and anyone with an interest in observing this workshop is welcome to join us,” said Wilson.

The workshop takes place at the Christ Lutheran Church, 2091 Gordon Dr., Kelowna.

Kaleidoscope takes the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469 or online at www.ticketseller.ca.