The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 60 years with Diamond Anniversary concerts this February! The OSO is always looking for new opportunities to engage the community in musical experiences, like string concerts on the lake.

Tune up the timpani! Diamond anniversary concert sparkles with homegrown talent

February concerts celebrate 60 years of community and music in the Okanagan

Sixty years ago, the largest towns in our region barely boasted 12,000 residents each. The original Okanagan Lake Bridge had been unveiled only a few years earlier, allowing single-lane traffic in each direction. The valley was increasingly poised for growth.

It was in this era that the very first performance of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra took place in Penticton in February of 1960.

Growing with the Community

As life in the valley has evolved, so has the OSO. In the years that have intervened, the OSO has touched the lives of many residents, not only through performances but through its community and education programs.

Says parent Angela McKerlich, whose son plays in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra, “These musical leaders have an incredible positive influence and provide unique experiences to children that is rare to find. It is a huge investment of time and effort to ensure the next generation is invested in the benefits of music in our community. I cannot thank each of them enough!”

Through its relationships with audience members, donors, sponsors, musicians, composers, volunteers, students, teachers and community organizations, the OSO is proud to continually support its vision of a thriving Okanagan, united by music.

Audrey (Tannant) Patterson, Principal Trumpet for the OSO says, “In my 17th season with the symphony, I’m struck by how many friends, colleagues, donors, managers, young musicians, and audience members have been brought into my life as a result of my tenure with the OSO. My life has been immeasurably enriched.”

Diamond Anniversary Concerts

In this spirit of celebration and gratitude for all of the special relationships that have developed over the past sixty years, the OSO is proudly setting the stage for its upcoming Diamond Anniversary concerts.

From February 7 to 9 in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, these performances will unite past and present talents from across the valley. Featured artists include local composers Ernst Schneider and Kolby Zinger-Harris, a graduate of the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO) program. OSYO alumni are also in the spotlight as our guest artists: Jana Luksts (piano), Kira Shiner (oboe), Alicia Venables (violin) and Nick Denton-Protsack (cello and composition) have all since gone on to great success in the professional world, and the OSO is thrilled to have them back for these shows.

These concerts will also showcase a well-loved annual tradition: a side-by-side performance featuring both OSO and OSYO musicians. By the time these performances take place, OSO musicians will have mentored their younger counterparts over hours of rehearsal and camaraderie. With 120 musicians on stage at once, their performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture will be a true spectacle of sight and sound.

The OSO invites you to join our musical celebration of the Okanagan’s past, present, and future! Tickets for Diamond Anniversary can be purchased for the Kelowna and Penticton shows through, and for Vernon via

Classical musicLive musicMusic

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


The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra shares the joy of music in many ways, including Symphony Storytime in Okanagan Valley communities.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 60 years with shows in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. These concerts will feature the well-loved tradition of a side-by-side performance of the OSO and the OSYO.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Altitunes Festival in Kelowna unveils its full lineup

The Arkells, Dear Rouge, Andrew Judah and more will take the stage Apr. 4

Malindi Elmore: Shattering national running records at 39

She recently shattered the Canadian women’s marathon record at the Houston Marathon in January

Top employers give tips to succeed at Black Press Career Fair in Kelowna

The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair takes place Mar. 12. at the Rutland Soccer Dome

Tracy Gray: From business to politics

She was the first female MP elected to represent Kelowna-Lake Country in 2019

Vees have a short-handed romp over visiting West Kelowna Warriors

The Penticton Vees scored three short-handed goals to take a 1-0 series lead over West Kelowna

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

New York performer can’t wait to bring Chicago to the South Okanagan

The timeless, award-winning musical comes to the South Okanagan Events Centre March 28.

Lawyer gets house arrest for possessing child porn

Maple Ridge resident gets nine-month term

Okanagan students earn innovation award at B.C. robotics challenge

Kalamalka Secondary students awarded in Victoria

Notorious B.C. fugitive to be extradited from California on murder charge

Brandon Nathan Teixeira submitted to extradition during court proceedings Thursday in Sacramento

Mitchell’s Musings: Karma is king

One good turn leads to another and another…

Canada prepared to monitor for community spread of COVID-19: Tam

The U.S. confirmed one case of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, in California Thursday

Most Read