FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents
Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert
(Kelowna, BC, November 20, 2018)
We are pleased to announce our first OSYO concert of the 2018-19 season. The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO) is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The orchestra is comprised of 80 students representing the length of the Okanagan Valley, from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos.
Generously sponsored by Harmony Acura, the OSYO is a rigorous orchestral training program for youth between the ages of 10 and early 20s.
The season includes weekly rehearsals, overnight rehearsal camp in September, concert weekends performing in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna in November and May, and a special Side-by-Side show with the OSO as part of Chase Wines Masterworks Series in February.
The OSYO is co-conducted by Dennis Colpitts and OSO Music Director Rosemary Thomson, with assistant coach Emily Traversy and professional coaches from the OSO.
The upcoming Winter concert will feature several shorter orchestral works with a wide variety of styles. This is the best way to introduce playing in an orchestra to our newest members.
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.
Amanda Todd was a 15-year-old girl in Port Coquitlam who loved singing and who dreamed of one day performing on the big stage. She tragically took her own life on October 10, 2012 after years of harassment and bullying at school and online. Before her death Amanda posted a video on YouTube, using flashcards to share her story and to speak out against bullying.
When composer Jocelyn Morlock was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra to compose the music for My Name is Amanda Todd, she met with Amanda’s mother Carol. “Amanda’s message of hope, empathy, and tolerance has since caused a worldwide groundswell of support and awareness of bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety”, Morlock said.
Morlock expresses the forceful nature of social media throughout the composition. “Musically, the opening draws first on overwhelming sorrow, which grows into a furtive, somewhat frenzied negative energy”, she says. “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 is working on completing a full symphony for orchestra. The finale of his Symphony No. 1 is the third movement that the OSYO has performed and shows a remarkable sophistication for this high school student composer. Leif will compose one more movement for our spring concert and then we will have performed the entire symphony. He plans to study composition at the post-secondary level.
Charlotte Cruse will perform two movements of the Ferdinand David Trombone Concertino. It is rare to hear the trombone front and centre as the concerto soloist, and Charlotte does a wonderful job of showcasing this golden-toned instrument.
And finally, in our OSYO shows we always like to play some repertoire from the contemporary popular world of music, especially from film music repertoire. Our students are very excited to perform three movements from John Williams’ iconic score from the very popular Star Wars franchise.
Performance and ticket information are as follows;
Trinity United Church, Vernon – Saturday, November 24 at 3pm
Cleland Theatre, Penticton – Sunday, November 25 at 2pm
First Lutheran Church, Kelowna – Sunday, November 25 at 7pm
All tickets available through Kelowna Tickets 250.862.2867
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960. To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com, follow at www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra or find us on Instagram and Twitter.
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