No reason to pout with this music


Locarno-WEBWhat a concert season we have before us! In South Okanagan Concert Society’s first full series the new Venables Theatre has proved to be a popular venue with attendance soaring and huge community support.   No need to sit under a cloud bank pouting this winter.  Get a flex pass and join friends for an eclectic mix of high standard performances.   Learn the meaning of EXCEPTIONAL!

So what’s on?  First to hit the stage on Friday, October 23rd is Locarno (pictured).  Supremely talented Juno winner, Tom Landa, has collaborated with Joby Baker to create a compelling blend of Mexican, Cuban and North American pop music delivered with exuberant energy.  Landa moved to Canada from Mexico City at age 15 and writes lyrics in both English and Spanish.  He loves the true Jarocho rhythms of Veracruz and creates danceable, fun, truly original Latin music and the crowds come.

For those impatient to get tickets, here is the scoop.  Four admission flex pass tickets for $75 are already on sale for the concert series at Beyond Bliss in Oliver, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door.   As always, the pass can be used in any combination: four to one concert or one to four concerts.   Snowbird couples could share a pass.   Single entrance is $20 and students under 17 years are free.  Need a ride from Osoyoos?  Call Maureen at 250 495 7978.  All concerts start at 7:30 pm.

Daniel Gervais and his trio are returning after three years Friday, Dec. 4th.   Daniel is the only Albertan to win the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Competition.   His love of music is expressed in the sounds of Swing, Gypsy jazz, classical and Celtic.   He explores the roots of French-Canadian culture through stories and music and is now in high demand in France.   Whatever he explores, Daniel comes up with excellence.   He has a Masters in Music, seven albums and awards so plentiful they look like grocery lists.

What else is in store for you?  On Friday, February 5th the Capilano University Singers, a national and international prize-winning ensemble, perform.  The choir is part of the Diploma of Music Program at the university and most the singers are voice majors.  They have toured Europe and performed in the original venues where composers such as Vivaldi wrote their music.  Lars Kaario, conductor, singer and educator, creates concerts characterized as “unforgettable, delightful, beautiful and deeply satisfying musical experiences”.

wolak-donnelly-duoThe Wolak/Donnelly Duo will be on stage for the finale of the season Friday, March 18th.  Armed with a clarinet, a piano and their personable stage presence, Kornel Wolak and Chris Donnelly present a remarkable blend of classical and jazz music rarely heard in live performance.  Pianist Donnelly is the jazz guy.  Wolak is the classical expert recently seen in the principal clarinet chair with the Ontario Philharmonic.   Together they produce “Common Ground” the name they chose for their debut duo album.

The South Okanagan Concert Society invites each and every one of you to get your tickets and join us for the 2015-2016 concert series.   Let the pleasure of good company and good music be yours!