Okanagan musicians star in new museum series

Woodwind Quintet plays holiday music Dec. 5

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is launching a new series, Music in the Museum, Thursday, Dec. 5, with the Penta Ventus Woodwind Quintet, playing a variety of holiday music in classical and contemporary arrangements.

“Our music series will be an opportunity for people to experience music – both classical and contemporary – in a relaxed, informal setting,” said Cultural Program Coordinator Laisha Rosnau. “And Penta Ventus is the perfect group to open the series because, fittingly, the quintet’s bassoon player is also our new curator, Cuyler Page.”

Page has provided design and exhibit services for museums and historic sites throughout B.C., from the Royal BC Museum at the Grist Mill in Keremeos, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Haney Heritage Park in Salmon Arm.

“I worked with the Vernon museum in the ’80s, as well,” said Page. “The building, itself, was designed by a friend of mine in architecture from UBC. It’s exciting to be back in this building, in a new era of the museum.”

Before a career in museums, Page studied architecture at Cornell University, and music at UBC, where he became Founding Secretary for the Vancouver Society of Early Music. An active member of the Okanagan classical and Early Music scene, today he performs professionally on bassoon and contrabassoon in orchestras, as well chamber music ensembles. “So, Music at the Museum is really bringing all of my interests together in one place.”

Page will be joined by Kelowna musicians, Karen Gibbons on oboe, Ruth Johnson on clarinet, Lorri Simpson on French horn, and Janet Watson on flute.

“Quintet music started in the late 18th century, coming out of the French Revolution,” Page explains. “It was composed specifically as ‘music for the populous.’”

As well as Penta Ventus Wood Quintet, the musicians are involved in diverse musical ventures with such groups as Oko Baroquo Early Music, Alleluia Hand Bells, Opera Kelowna, and the Okanagan Symphony.

“It’s an honour, really, to have such accomplished musicians open up our series in Vernon,” said Rosnau. “It’s an opportunity for those interested in, or simply curious about, groups such as wood quintets, string quartets, or jazz guitarists to come listen in a relaxed, informal setting.”

The Penta Ventus Wood Quintet will play Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, 3009 32nd Ave. Open to the public, all ages, tickets $10/$5 for students/seniors/members, includes a holiday refreshment. For more information call 250-550-3140.

READ MORE: Beat the winter blahs with Ancora harmonies

READ MORE: Vernon theatre group scores with murder mystery


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

First responders continue to rally in support of Kelowna health care workers

Pandosy Street was packed with supporters for the second night in a row

COSAR assists first responders with injured hiker in K.L.O. Creek Park in Kelowna

This is the second incident COSAR has responded to in 24 hours

Temperatures in Kelowna to hit double digits by the weekend

Kelowna is expected to hit a high 13 degrees on Friday, April 3

Vehicle goes up in smoke in Kelowna garage

Fire department on-scene in 200 block of Poplar Point Drive near Knox Mountain

UPDATE: Coronavirus concerns prompt event cancellations across the Okanagan

This is a running list of events cancelled across the Okanagan

Summerland skeletons carry COVID-19 messages

Heather Pescada’s skeletons, normally displayed at Halloween, are appearing on Facebook and Instagram

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

Most Read