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OSO's Yuletide Tales

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra has chosen some of the best-loved holiday stories to help celebrate the spirit of Yuletide through words and music.

Its Yuletide Tales concerts will showcase talent from across the valley, including baritone and narrator Garry Gable, a massed youth chorus, and the OSO players.

Following a lively introduction with Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival, three classic stories will be brought to life on stage: Dylan Thomas’s charming memories of his boyhood holidays in Wales, the earliest descriptions of Santa Claus in “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and Dr. Seuss’s classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus will also be performing with the orchestra.

"Singing with the OSO is a completely different experience. It’s so exciting to be part of something bigger than us, and hearing our vocal parts played in the different instruments," says KSS student Charlotte Cruse.

OSO Music Director Rosemary Thomson says: "I can’t wait to share the stage with our Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus and guest artist Garry Gable (who will channel his inner Boris Karloff) as we bring these classic stories to musical life. It is such a joy to rehearse these pieces, and I am so excited to share the spirit of the holidays with our audience for a fun-filled celebration."

  • Vernon Performing Arts Centre – Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. TicketSeller 250-549-7469.
  • Kelowna Community Theatre – Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Kelowna tickets 250-862-2867.
  • Cleland Theatre Penticton – Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Tickets 250-862-2867.

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