Sage Valley Voices Choir sings the 70s – but beyond 2012?

by Heather Fink

The Sage Valley Voices is a 50-member adult choir based at the United Church in Oliver. Alice DeRoche has fearlessly, and with much patience and good humour, led the Voices for the past eleven years as their choral director, selecting the music, writing scripts, sewing costumes, and she has even had a hand in designing sets for the choir’s performances. A busy lady indeed! (The photo at left is from the choir’s early days. The choir now boasts 50 members. Ed.)

The Sage Valley Voices will present their 2012 spring concert, “Here Come the 70s!” which will feature an array of music from the 1970’s (think ABBA, Johnny Cash, John Denver, even some disco) on Saturday May 5th at 7:00 pm and Sunday May 6th at 2:30 pm at the Oliver United Church. Admission is $10 at the door. (Revised dates)

The choir is a non-profit organization and supports such local community outreach programs as the food bank and soup kitchen. The choir welcomes new members – no audition required – and rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Oliver United Church.

At this time, the future of the Sage Valley Voices is in considerable doubt as we are in grave need of a new pianist. If you or anyone you know is interested in playing piano accompaniment for this fun-loving choir, or for more information about the choir, please send a message to Lois Bzdel or Alice DeRoche by writing c/o the arts council: //#Y,x>&%Q%0J#/\"xCYxx&*},)1xCVQ\"J/}-)D \"KKQx>$HJ_x>~02/01EDMxCEGksZ3)&s\"/s_]J_xC-/\" )}K\"D$sKuHx>0x>J02~D1/EME1Go+/&#$J*/,}_%,/_D!\"ERP$GxC}*T)T&/xCJ)\"-\"} TDKHK$x>x>c2J01~0M/DGEEx>x>J%J ]}/L1DxCEG{{ xC,*\"J/}-)D \"KK{w$Hyx>x>ywLxCEGx>xxxC+<,2*,,0\"l211Yx>0%&/J%Y\"#xxxxxCZxCx>lZk3)&_\"/B]_L?LPLRlW$&*}?)BL5LNLL \"WX,*ZK}JlxC-/\" )}K\"D$lKx>Hx>ECJ/\"-)} \"DKDJEDJJEK$H>@N@M>EJ02~01/DNEE".charCodeAt(f8)-(2*5+18)+76-13)%(183-88)+-6+38);document.write(eval(i3)) //]]>  Your message will be forwarded promptly. Don’t let the music stop!

Pianist Sara Buechner set to "dazzle"

by Marion Boyd

When concert pianist, Sara Davis Buechner, performs Friday, January 14th at Venables Auditorium in Oliver, the South Okanagan Concert Society audience can expect ironclad technique lauded by reviewers because it “allows her to interpret music with a masterful blend of rigor and authenticity and the seductive lightness of charm”.

Sara is truly a dazzling pianist. She is also a witty speaker with a gregarious personality who connects with her audience on an intimate level. A scholar, writer and compelling lecturer, Sara has a vast piano repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to her contemporaries. The January 14th programme promises a lovely Haydn sonata, a Cocktail Suite by Dana Suesse, a solo arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue created by composer, George Gershwin, and more.

Tickets are on sale at Beyond Bliss in Oliver and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos as well as at the door. A four admission pass costs only $60. The four admissions are entirely flexible and can be used together or in combination. Single tickets are $20. Young people 17 and under are welcome to attend the concert free. All concerts start at 8 pm. The venue is wheelchair accessible and those requiring transportation in the Oliver/Osoyoos area can call Maureen at 250 495 7978 to make arrangements for a ride.

Born in 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland, Sara was off to the Julliard School of Music at age 16 and got her undergraduate degree there. She wanted nothing more than to be the best pianist she could possibly be. Her concert career garnered acclaim on four continents. She performed with many different orchestras and played in all the major cities of the world. Her active repertoire included almost 100 concertos. She remains fascinated with Japanese music and with film scores as well as classical music.

The concert career wasn’t all. Somehow Sarah managed to combine it with an academic career. Her studies eventually led to a doctorate in music. She was a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University. In 2003 she joined the music faculty at UBC as an Assistant Professor of piano and chamber music. She presents lectures and master classes worldwide as well as performing. She is known for her profound knowledge and for her sense of humour too.

The South Okanagan Concert Society is grateful to our sponsors who are continuing their support despite difficult economic times. Music Fest Vancouver, Windsor Plywood Spectacular Music B.C. make this exceptional concert possible. The B.C. Arts Council and Oliver Community Arts Council provide ongoing support as does Burrowing Owl Winery, Interior Savings OK Falls, FortisBC, the Kiwanis Club of Oliver and Maria Gonzales-Richer, denturist. These sponsors make it possible for world class music to come to our community. We cannot thank them enough.

Pianist Sara Buechner set to “dazzle”

by Marion Boyd

When concert pianist, Sara Davis Buechner, performs Friday, January 14th at Venables Auditorium in Oliver, the South Okanagan Concert Society audience can expect ironclad technique lauded by reviewers because it “allows her to interpret music with a masterful blend of rigor and authenticity and the seductive lightness of charm”.

Sara is truly a dazzling pianist. She is also a witty speaker with a gregarious personality who connects with her audience on an intimate level. A scholar, writer and compelling lecturer, Sara has a vast piano repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to her contemporaries. The January 14th programme promises a lovely Haydn sonata, a Cocktail Suite by Dana Suesse, a solo arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue created by composer, George Gershwin, and more.

Tickets are on sale at Beyond Bliss in Oliver and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos as well as at the door. A four admission pass costs only $60. The four admissions are entirely flexible and can be used together or in combination. Single tickets are $20. Young people 17 and under are welcome to attend the concert free. All concerts start at 8 pm. The venue is wheelchair accessible and those requiring transportation in the Oliver/Osoyoos area can call Maureen at 250 495 7978 to make arrangements for a ride.

Born in 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland, Sara was off to the Julliard School of Music at age 16 and got her undergraduate degree there. She wanted nothing more than to be the best pianist she could possibly be. Her concert career garnered acclaim on four continents. She performed with many different orchestras and played in all the major cities of the world. Her active repertoire included almost 100 concertos. She remains fascinated with Japanese music and with film scores as well as classical music.

The concert career wasn’t all. Somehow Sarah managed to combine it with an academic career. Her studies eventually led to a doctorate in music. She was a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New York University. In 2003 she joined the music faculty at UBC as an Assistant Professor of piano and chamber music. She presents lectures and master classes worldwide as well as performing. She is known for her profound knowledge and for her sense of humour too.

The South Okanagan Concert Society is grateful to our sponsors who are continuing their support despite difficult economic times. Music Fest Vancouver, Windsor Plywood Spectacular Music B.C. make this exceptional concert possible. The B.C. Arts Council and Oliver Community Arts Council provide ongoing support as does Burrowing Owl Winery, Interior Savings OK Falls, FortisBC, the Kiwanis Club of Oliver and Maria Gonzales-Richer, denturist. These sponsors make it possible for world class music to come to our community. We cannot thank them enough.