Kelowna-born violinist Melissa Wilmot

Kelowna-born violinist Melissa Wilmot

Violinist returns to where it all began

Kelowna-born violinist Melissa Wilmot makes a much anticipated recital return to the Okanagan.

KELOWNA –– Join Kelowna-born violinist Melissa Wilmot and Toronto-based pianist Hyoseon Sunny Kim for a program marking Wilmot’s much anticipated recital return to the Okanagan.

The concert takes place in the acoustics of Kelowna’s Christ Lutheran Church next weekend.

No stranger to Vernon audiences, Wilmot is fresh off the success of her performances as a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony this past February.

She is continuing what has become a near annual tradition since 2005 of presenting a wide array of music for violin, in a recital format accessible to everyone.

From the most popular pieces to new discoveries, Wilmot says the program will definitely have something that speaks to all audience members, from seasoned classical music aficionados, to those wanting to discover the wonderful world of classical violin music for the first time.

“The works range from the boisterous clarity of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 and the simple elegance of Telemann’s Fantasia No. 7, to the unbridled passion and drama of Chausson’s Poeme and Franck’s Violin Sonata, to the melding of classical and popular styles in Piazzola’s spicy Grand Tango,” she said.

Wilmot recently graduated from The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she was a student of Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. She will be continuing her studies with Kantor this August in the masters degree program at Rice University in Houston, TX.

Wilmot has performed extensively in Toronto and abroad, including as a member of the National Ballet Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, and the Esprit Orchestra, as well as in recitals in Ottawa, Montreal, and New York City. She recently performed  at Carnegie Hall, both as a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and as a member of the only North American string quartet selected to participate in the Kronos Quartet’s professional training workshop.

Wilmot takes the stage Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2091 Gordon Dr. at Springfield. Admission is by donation at the door.