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Okanagan Symphony, Ian Parker reunite for concert series

Symphonic friends reunite

It will be a reunion of friends at the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra next concert series.

In full stride of its 60th anniversary season, the symphony's Old Friends performances will feature charismatic pianist Ian Parker and the works of Haydn and Brahms – two composers who could be considered kindred spirits, albeit across the centuries.

Guest artist Parker has appeared with top orchestras across Canada and the U.S, and recorded with the London Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra. 

Parker is also music director and principal conductor of the VAM Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music. 

He is a member of the formidable "Parker Piano Dynasty." His late father Edward taught thousands of students over decades in Vancouver. And his cousins, Jon Kimura (Jackie) Parker and Jamie Parker have both performed with the OSO over the years. All three currently enjoy international careers.

Music director Rosemary Thomson says: "I adore sharing the stage with Ian Parker. There is a reason he is an audience favourite. It’s because he shares so much of himself through his musical performances. Plus, he is so darn fun, we laugh ourselves silly during rehearsals. Audiences just can’t help falling in love with him." 

  • Kelowna Community Theatre – Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets 250-862-2867
  • Penticton Cleland Theatre – Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets 888-974-9170
  • Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre – Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m. Tickets 250-549-7469


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