Symphony gives listeners a taste of its season

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 54th season with an event Sunday as part of the City of Kelowna’s Culture Days celebrations.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 54th season with an event at the Kelowna Community Theatre Sunday as part of the City of Kelowna’s Culture Days celebrations.

Entitled Taste of the Season, the evening showcase allows the OSO a great opportunity to work together with the Kelowna City Band, Ballet Kelowna, jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn and Theatre Kelowna to give all guests in attendance the opportunity to sample what each of our arts organizations is offering this season, said Scott Wilson, OSO general manager.

The evening will start at 6:15 p.m. and will feature a “petting zoo” of instruments on display from musicians of the OSO. Guests attending will also have the opportunity to win a chance to join the orchestra’s musicians on stage during the evening showcase. At the end of evening, the lucky winner will have the opportunity to play the chimes during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Performances in the theatre will begin at 7 p.m. with a sample showcase by each arts organization.

The OSO will be performing a sample of six pieces from concerts from its upcoming season, which opens in Vernon Oct. 20 with Noble Grandeur.

The concert features soloists Dale Barltrop on violin and Joseph Johnson on cello, performing Brahms’ Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. The symphony will also perform  Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor.

“From baroque to beat box, Heigh Ho Silver to silver anniversary, trumpets to taiko drums, this is a season packed with wonderful music guaranteed to bring us all closer to our own humanity,” said OSO music director Rosemary Thomson. “I welcome you to our new season and invite you all to see it… hear it… love it.”

Tickets and subscriptions for the OSO’s 2013-14 season at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre are available at the Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469 or online at