Okanagan Symphony Orchestra closes season with Beethoven program

An all-Beethoven program

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is bringing its 2021/2022 season to a close with an all-Beethoven program for concert goers of all ages.

The program will feature Canadian violinist Kerson Leong as the guest artist.

Performances will take place at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday May 13, Penticton’s Cleland Theatre on Saturday May 14, and at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, May 15.

"Canada is richly blessed with a roster of internationally renowned violin soloists and Kerson Leong is quickly assuming his place in their midst,” says OSO music director Rosemary Thomson.

“His technical mastery is so complete that he makes scaling this Everest of a concerto look easy, allowing him to fully express the depth of musical expression that it demands with a maturity that belies his tender age.”

Leong will play in the violin concerto in D, Op. 61. The OSO will perform the classical repertoire for the second half of the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (Eroica).

Beethoven originally dedicated the symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Following Napoleon’s declaration of himself as emperor of France, Beethoven, in a fit of rage, tore off the first page of the score, which bore the dedication. Eventually he rewrote the first page and entitled the symphony Sinfonia eroica (Heroic Symphony).

Coinciding with the concert series, the OSO is announcing the official release of Canadian Soundscapes, the inaugural commercial recording.

CDs will be available for purchase at all three concerts, as well as instructions for accessing it through iTunes and other digital platforms.

Tickets and livestream access for Friday’s performance are available through www.okanagansymphony.com/tickets.

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