Valley’s finest composers join the Cuvée at Kelowna winery

Coldstream's Imant Raminsh joins fellow Okanagan composers at the Composers' Cuvée at Summerhill Winery on Saturday, Feb. 9.

  • Feb. 8, 2013 6:00 p.m.

The Okanagan is a rich source of inspiration for composers and winemakers alike.

In the stunning surroundings of Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, five Okanagan composers will showcase their music and provide a rare opportunity to mingle with the creators behind the sounds at Composers’ Cuvée.

Ernst Schneider (Penticton), Keith Tedman (Summerland), Anita Perry (Summerland), Imant Raminsh (Coldstream) and Jean Ethride (Salmon Arm) will be showcased at the free event and will answer questions and meet with the audience on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Critically acclaimed musicians Kathryn Cernauskas (flute), Jane Hayes (piano), Heather Pawsey (soprano), Janna Sailor (violin) and Rebecca Wenham (cello), who are noted for their fearless and innovative approaches to contemporary music, will perform at the event.

Between them they have premiered hundreds of new Canadian works across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

This is a New Music in New Places concert that takes Canadian music out of the concert halls and into venues where contemporary, classical music is not usually performed. As part of a national initiative of the Canadian Music Centre, it is supported by SOCAN Foundation and the government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Admission to Composers’ Cuvée is free, however, due to space restrictions, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure a seat book online at www.summerhill.bc.ca/wines/music.