Early birds get the tickets

The next musical season with the South Okanagan Concert Society is looking very inviting indeed, with three delightful performances booked, and one “surprise” performer still under wraps.

Advance 4-ticket flex passes are available now until April 30 for $50. Regular flex passes are $60 for four tickets. Single tickets and at the door are $20. Tickets can be purchased at Beyond Bliss in Oliver and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos. The performance venue for 2012-2013 will be the Oliver Alliance Church. All performances start at 7:30 pm.

Now, here’s what we know so far!

Opening the 2012-13 season is lyric coloratura soprano Tracy Fehr with a concert on Friday November 2.

A classically trained Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Tracy Fehr has been featured on HGTV’s Makeover Wish: Something to Sing About; CHBC; Shaw TV; and CBC Radio. She has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles across western Canada, Ontario, Central America, North Africa and the UK. In solo recitals and concerts, Tracy offers a selection of Operatic Arias, Baroque Chamber music, German Lieder, and Art Songs, as well as arrangements of African- American Spirituals and Musical Theatre.

Tracy’s solo CD, Over My Head, a fusion of Classical, Jazz and Middle-Eastern Influences was released in November, 2008. Over My Head was nominated for several awards including the Gospel Music Association of Canada’s Covenant Award for Classical/Traditional Album of the Year.

As an experienced vocal instructor at the Penticton Academy of Music and at her private studio in Summerland, Tracy focuses on the holistic approach to singing. Tracy’s “Women in Song” concert series gives a performing platform to amateur singers while raising funds for projects in third world countries.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta, with distinction, and an A.R.C.T. in Singing, Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Daniel Gervais returns to Oliver Friday November 30 after a triumphant first place finish and the title of Canadian Grand Master at the 2011 Annual Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition held in Ottawa in August. Missed him two years ago? Don’t you dare a second time! You’ll be competing for seats with those who were in the audience in 2010 and can’t wait to hear this bright young fiddler once more. A guaranteed toe-tapper, if not a foot stomper too!  Daniel is the first-ever Alberta fiddler to win the Canadian Grand Masters (CGM), the second Western Canadian fiddler to win the CGM, and only the third fiddler outside Ontario to win the CGM since the inaugural competition in 1990. His repertoire is varied, from the traditional jigs and reels we most associate with fiddle music, to  country, old time, swing, Métis,bluegrass, and French Canadian as well as classical violin.

Originally from St. Paul, AB, Daniel Gervais has six albums to his credit, including two solo albums, Flying Fiddle (2003) and Endless Possibilities (2005). He is a founding member of Trad’badour, EclecTrip, and Hot Club Edmonton. Hot Club Edmonton’s debut CD was awarded “Instrumental Album of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2010.

Duo Rendezvous performs Friday February 8, 2013.

Jasper Wood on violin and, making a return visit, Daniel Bolshoy on guitar. Anyone who caught Bolshoy’s solo concert this past season will tell you they’re ready for a second helping please! Missed it last time? Don’t miss TWO helpings with Duo Rendezvous!

The Duo Rendezvous is already in great demand by presenters across the country, thanks to the thriving solo careers of the two performers and to their reputation as charismatic virtuosi who enjoy engaging their audiences with humor and passionate musicianship. Their unique programming enriches the existing guitar and violin repertoire with transcriptions of masterpieces from around the world and newly commissioned pieces by leading Canadian composers.

Jasper Wood has established himself as a major talent of his generation. He made his first public appearance at the age of five, and has since captured the hearts of music lovers everywhere with his “thrilling virtuosity” (The Strad) and his “sweet tunefulness edged in melancholy” (Washington Post).

An acclaimed competition winner, Wood has developed a flourishing reputation as a sought-after soloist with major orchestras including Canada’s Montreal and Toronto Symphonies and as a recital/chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. He has been awarded both the coveted Sylva Gelber Prize (1996) and the prestigious Virginia Parker Award (2004) from the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Wood has eight solo and violin/piano CD recordings on the Endeavor Classics, Analekta, Centrediscs, Disques Pelleas and Naxos labels. Jasper Wood is professor of violin at the University of British Columbia.

Having performed hundreds of concerts internationally, Daniel Bolshoy is internationally recognized as a leader amongst Canadian guitarists. He is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions, and progressive programming of solo and chamber music. An ATMA recording artist, Daniel Bolshoy appears on seven CD recordings and two documentary films. His most recent CD features the solo guitar works of Eduardo Sainz de la Maza.

A true ambassador of the arts, Daniel Bolshoy’s performances take him from the most prestigious stages, on which he makes frequent appearances, to intimate concerts at remote and small communities where audiences are captivated by his skill, charm, and uniquely communicative stage presence. He is regularly invited to appear in recital and concerti with Orchestras and concert societies across Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

A devoted music educator, Daniel Bolshoy is currently the head of the guitar division at the University of British Columbia and head of the guitar department at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s newly created VSO School of Music, where he shares his passion for music with the next generation of guitar enthusiasts and tomorrow’s guitar heroes.

Jasper and Daniel invite you to a musical rendezvous celebrating Paris, the romantic inspiration of Europe, and a program featuring music by the composers who made Paris their home in the early 1900s. From Ravel to Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla to Gershwin and da Falla to Django Reinhardt. Sit in a Café with Piazzolla before you hit the Hot-Club with Django, hear echoes of Spain while sipping Bordeaux with Sarasate. This duo will entertain you with their stories and dazzle you with their virtuosity – this is sure to be a night not to be missed. Check out a sample of their style here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/duorendezvous/feed  and at their own websire here: http://duorendezvous.com/home/

The fourth concert, likely in March 2013 will be announced soon. We’ll sure you’ll love this mystery performer, so don’t let it stop you cashing in on a great deal on the advance tickets. Be an early bird, and catch the music!


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