This month the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra invites everyone to come with them to a land of fairies as they bring Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture to the stage.
“Romance, magic, adventure are all words that come to mind when I think of this months’ concert,” said Rosemary Thomson, music director for the OSO. “We have so much talent on stage this month, including our Youth Orchestra who will perform side by side with your symphony.This concert makes for a perfect Valentine’s weekend date night that everyone will enjoy.”
Featured works in this performance include Three Stratford Fanfares for Brass and Percussion composed by Louis Applebaum. For the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, written by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, the professional orchestra will be supplemented by the 80-member strong Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Finally, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op.21 & 61 written by Felix Mendelssohn rounds out the program.
Several guest artists will be joining the OSO on stage including actor Maureen Thomas from Calgary who will portray the characters of Midsummer Night’s Dream; Okanagan Valley native soprano Carmen Harris; Kelowna Secondary Ladies Chamber Choir an auditioned group of 38 made up of Grade 10, 11, and 12 students; soprano Mia Harris a Penticton-based resident.
This Shakespeare-inspired program is a Deloitte Masterworks production and is sponsored by TD. The performances open at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 in Kelowna with additional performances Saturday, Feb. 14 in Penticton at 7:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Vernon on Sunday, Feb 15.
Tickets for Kelowna and Penticton concerts are available at Kelowna Actors Studio at 250-862-2867, and the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre phone 250-549-7469 or online via www.okanagansymphony.com.
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.