Symphony launches new season

Cultural organization brings The Falcon's Trumpet to Vernon Oct. 23

Vernon soprano Melina Moore performs during a kick-off to Okanagan Symphony's new season.

Vernon soprano Melina Moore performs during a kick-off to Okanagan Symphony's new season.

To say there’s a lot of talent in this valley is one thing; to show it is quite another.

This is the theory behind the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s unique drum-roll introducing each concert season — a press conference that often reminds one of a more grownup show-and-tell.

An opera singer, a violin player and a spunky, young multi-talented high school student joined OSO music director and conductor Rosemary Thomson and general manager Scott Wilson as they tried to take the musical wonder that is the orchestra, one of the valley’s oldest cultural institutions, and make it sound exciting, even in print.

This season will bring a collaboration with Ballet Kelowna which Thomson has been dreaming of since she arrived in the valley.

The Falcon’s Trumpet, as the collaboration is called, will see the orchestra recorded and its music sent on tour with the dancers as they perform in communities around the province.

Canadian composer R. Murray Schaffer wrote The Falcon’s Trumpet. Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director David LaHay, did the choreography for the dancers.

Lead trumpet will see celebrated trumpeter Guy Few on Okanagan stages conveying Schaffer’s ability to connect with nature and compose music from his surroundings.

The Falcon’s Trumpet runs Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

It will be followed by the final performances of the year, Mozart’s Requiem in November and Ringing in the Season, the OSO Christmas concert, in December.

Tickets and subscriptions are still available.

See the web site www.okanagansymphony.com for online details or call 250-979-7031.