Okanagan Symphony Orchestra showcases spring this weekend

Have you booked your tickets to the symphony yet?  - Contributed
Have you booked your tickets to the symphony yet?
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This weekend the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra showcases the season with their concert Spring Breezes.

Guest musician Roger Cole has been principal oboist of the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra since 1976 and will join the OSO on stage for the performance. He has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and  recorded a CD for CBC records entitled “The Expressive Oboe.”

“Those attending will hear classical and familiar pieces as well as music that may be new to them," said Scott Wilson, general manager of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

The four music pieces in this concert represents romantic melodies, warm sunshine days and innocence.

Serenade for Wind Octet in C Minor, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is an extraordinary, carefully crafted piece cast in Mozart’s favourite key for intense, dramatic works. The concert then moves on to Strauss’s piece Oboe Concerto, which opens with warmth, charm and beauty and moves into sweet and lyrical tempo to eventually close with a bright witty finale.

The third piece is Pastorale d’été, written by Arthur Honegger, embraces the summer dawn with solo wind instruments and string orchestra giving it a light, transparent sound for the audience. The concert then closes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 Linz, a piece full of energy for the audience with a breather of serene sweetness and a cheerful finalé.

Spring Breezes opens March 1 in Kelowna and runs March 2 in Penticton and March 3 in Vernon.

Tickets for performances are available at the Penticton Wine Information Centre, call 250.276.2170; at the Kelowna Actors Studio, 250.862.2867; and the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, 250.549.7469 or online.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960.

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