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Opera in the Okanagan

Last year I had the privilege of catching one of Opera Kelowna's debut performance at one of our Parks Alive! shows. It was the beginning of an amazing journey and after 12 months of solid effort and community support Opera is rising in the Okanagan. This week we have four Opera performances in our community. There is truly something for everyone. Their signature event happens next Saturday at the RCA (buy your tickets here: http://www.operakelowna.com/#!buy-tickets/c18pk) but before we get into the details about next Saturdays event I need to share their flashmob that they did on Monday:

I also caught up with Alexandra while the students that are part of her Summer Opera Program had one of their first lessons, an on stage movement class.


As mentioned their signature event happens this Saturday at the RCA. Here is the information on the "A Summer of Love" Scene D'Opera  (great opera scenes) event:

Enjoy a summer evening with your loved one as you delight in some of Mozart’s most famous operas; The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, along with beautiful arias as well as the Flower Duet,  Belle Nuit and the Strauss Rosenkavalier Trio.  All scenes are performed in full costume, with beautiful sets and an orchestra, this evening will truly be a  musical feast for the senses.  Only one performance.

Conducted by Rosemary Thomson.  Special performances by Coloratura Soprano, Jamie Onwood as ‘the Queen of the Night’, Mark Wells, Mia Harris, Alexandra Babbel, an ensemble and students registered in professional University programs from across Canada who are in Kelowna participating in our Summer Opera Program. 
Tickets can be bought for $35 for Adults and $30 for Seniors & Students. Go to www.selectyourtickets.com
 
 
This week they truly have something for everyone so if you can't make it to their signature show  on Saturday (which is amazingly well priced) check out some of their other performances around  the Okanagan.


 

For those looking for other entertainment options here is a comprehensive listing of all live music options in our community this weekend.
 
Friday, Aug. 9th, 2013 venue

Big John Bates with The Micheal Wood band
Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Alexandra Babel Music in the Park, West Kelowna
Barb Samuels Good Earth Coffeehouse
Brent Tyler Mission Tap House
Indie Rock Parks Alive, Kerry Park
Jimmy LeGuilloux Whiski-Jacks
Live Jazz Vintner’s Poolside Grill
live music Twisted Tomato
live music Turtle Bay Pub
Pink Martini Misson Hill
Radio Lifeline O’Flannigans Pub
Robot Workers / All Hands on Jane Grateful Fed
Sherman Doucette The Blue Gator
Slocan Ramblers Minstrel Cafe
Sophia, The Faceplants & Santa Clara Kelowna Community Theatre
The Hip Replacements Kelowna Lake City Casino 
 
Saturday, Aug. 10th, 2013 venue
Brent Tyler Train Station Pub
Colin Easthope Streaming Café
David Vest Trio Minstrel Cafe
Electric Freeway Black Mountain Golf Club
Indie Rock Parks Alive, Kerry Park
Jeff Piattelli Mission Tap House
Jimmy LeGuilloux Whiski-Jacks
John Anderson Good Earth Coffeehouse
live music Vintner’s Poolside Grill
live music Twisted Tomato
live music Turtle Bay Pub
Paperboy / Heard in the Mountains / Joyful Door Grateful Fed
Radio Lifeline O’Flannigans Pub
Sherman Doucette The Blue Gator
The Ozzy Osmonds Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Tin Can Jam Cadillac Lounge
 

 



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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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