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Salsa down the isles

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is bringing a celebration to the stage with high energy music, and salsa.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) is bringing a celebration to the stage this month with high energy music, salsa dancers and the talented Christie Reside for three performances Feb. 17 to 19.

The concert opens in Kelowna Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) with additional performances in Penticton Saturday, Feb 18 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) and Vernon on Sunday, Feb 19 at 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.). Tickets are $56.25 for adults, $49 for seniors and $26.75 for youth; the OSO also offers tickets for $25 for seats in the first three rows.

Tickets are available by phone through Kelowna Tickets in Orchard Park Mall or call 250-862-2867, for the Penticton performance, 888-974-9170 or in person at the Shatford Centre and for the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre call 250-549-7469 or online.

“It’s Carnival time! Sensual melodies, syncopated rhythms, and colourful instrumentation will make this concert toe-tapping fun,” said music director Rosemary Thomson.

“Principal flute player of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Reside is featured in Rodrigo’s evocative Concerto Pastoral.”

Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as second flute at the age of 19. She received her formal training with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University in Montreal, and continued her training at the Banff Centre for the Arts.Reside is currently the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2004, and is a proud member of the Vancouver-based Standing Wave Ensemble. She recently joined the Seattle Symphony as Principal Flute for their 2013-2014 season. She teaches at the University of British Columbia, as well as at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

“The OSO is excited to bring our audiences a high energy show during this long cold winter, it’s just what we need. Guests will leave the show energized and ready to hit the town for an evening of dancing,” said Thomson.

To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at www.twitter.com/OKSymponyOrch or www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra.

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