Youth symphony to perform

The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform this weekend in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna.

The youth symphony is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and has 80 student members from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos.

The OSYO is co-conducted by Dennis Colpitts and Okanagan Symphony music director Rosemary Thomson, with assistant coach Emily Traversy and professional coaches from the OSO.

The winter concert will feature several shorter orchestral works with a wide variety of styles. 

Glinka's Russlan und Ludmilla Overture is a wonderful example of a festive overture with lots of orchestral colours and focus on the different sections of the orchestra. It is currently the theme song for the popular Anna Ferris comedy, Mom.

Jocelyn Morlock was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra to compose the music for My Name is Amanda Todd. “Musically, the opening draws first on overwhelming sorrow, which grows into a furtive, somewhat frenzied negative energy," she says of Todd's tragic death due to bullying. “I then use almost the same musical material and gradually modify it to create increasingly powerful, positive music, like the proliferation of positive energy that a large group of people can create together through many small actions.”

Leif Jack is the OSYO tuba player. He's working on a full symphony for orchestra, and the finale of his Symphony No. 1 shows a remarkable sophistication for this high school student composer. 

Also, Charlotte Cruse will perform two movements of the Ferdinand David Trombone Concertino, and the orchestra will play three movements from John Williams' iconic score from the popular Star Wars franchise.

Performance and ticket information is as follows:

  • Trinity United Church, Vernon – Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. 
  • Cleland Theatre, Penticton – Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.          
  • First Lutheran Church, Kelowna – Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.      

All tickets available by phone at 250-862-2867.

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