Okanagan Symphony hosts wizardry, magic spells, time travel

Kelowna performance Feb 19, Vernon Feb 20.

  • Feb. 18, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Okanagan Symphony presents How The Gimquat Found Her Song, a Family Matinee Young Peoples Concert.

Take a musical ride with music director Rosemary Thomson, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Platypus Theatre to a world of wizardry, magic spells and travel through time in this award-winning production.

Presenting a Family Matinee Young Peoples’ Concert the OSO will take audiences on a history of western music told in Dr. Suess-like verse.

“It’s a cunning combination of entertainment and education,” says Platypus artistic director Peter Duschenes who also wrote the show and plays the role of the wizard.

“The program traces the evolution of classical music from Gregorian chant to the present day but it’s presented as a story about a sympathetic character’s search for identity. The audience is engaged by the characters and the story but along the way they hear and learn about some of the world’s greatest music.”

Winner of Best Children’s Programming at the Banff Children’s Festival is the story of a sassy, spirited bird aided by a wizard on a quest of self-discovery and to find her song.

Ten-year old Vernon boy, Justin Moore will perform with the OSO in this production that will leave audiences spellbound.

How The Gimquat Found Her Song opens in Kelowna with two matinee performances on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, followed by a performance at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Family discounts are available.

Tickets for the Kelowna performances are available at SelectYourTickets.com or by calling 250-717-5304, and at Ticketseller.ca in Vernon or call 250-549-7469.

For concert information visit www.okanagansymphony.com.

For a sneak peak of the award-winning production visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dd96gkn9z4.

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