New Covid Okanagan Symphony Season to be Launched in 2021
After many months of uncertainty, deliberations, and conversation the Okanagan Symphony Society is pleased to announce that a modified season of the OSO can now be realized. The programming planned will engage our musicians, launch revised activities for our community engagement initiatives, give us an opportunity to perform to small audiences and experiment with live recordings.
Our overall activities will include a modified Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra program, an online series of lectures and workshops and a proposed season of live concert and live streamed events featured from February to May. Our official announcement will be made December 10.
All of the OSO planning is dependant on the BC Public Health Authority Guidelines as they relate to Covid-19 which will be communicated by the organization as we launch our programming schedule.
President Judy Burns expressed her gratitude at our recent AGM, for the support the organization has received over this past year. “We have a complex organization to manage and support. From our musicians, staff, contractors, patron, donors, funders and volunteers. Meeting the needs of the three diverse communities we serve also adds another layer of complexity. We know that many organizations such as ours are challenged in this uncertain time of Covid-19. And to reach an understanding with our musicians in how we can deliver our music and best serve our communities, brings the organization to a place of great joy.”
About Us: The Okanagan Symphony Society has shared music with residents and visitors to the Okanagan for over 60 years. As the third largest professional orchestra in BC, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra through the leadership of Music Director Rosemary Thomson has produced an ensemble that is highly professional and completely committed. In addition to OSO’s many live public concerts, our community engagement programs bring unique music and learning experiences to preschoolers and their families, students and schools, and to youth through our flagship Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO). We thank our many individual contributors who donate, sponsor, attend, partner and advise us in the work we do, and we are grateful for the financial support of the Province of BC through BC Gaming and the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Kelowna and the North Okanagan Regional District.