We attended a superb concert presented by the Okanagan Symphony on Feb. 14.
Nothing unusual about that. The Okanagan Symphony, under the baton of Rosemary Thomson, has been thrilling packed houses in Vernon for some time now.
What was unusual was that at this concert, aimed specifically at elementary school students, there were regrettably few children in the rather sparse audience.
And that is a shame because:
a) the pieces played by the orchestra were inspired by stories written by students, two of whom attend local schools conspicuous by their absence.
b) every one present – of every age – loved the music (cleverly chosen and wittily played – in one instance by a 7-year-old) as well as the stories (wonderfully told by Sun FM Radio’s Brian Martin, with visual and vocal aids provided by the versatile Ms Thomson).
c) most importantly, this ideal opportunity for North Okanagan youth to broaden their horizons and open their minds, imaginations and emotions to the power of music was missed.
I merely point out this unhappy fact, and am not apportioning blame.