The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents: Old Friends


The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents:
Old Friends

In full stride of its 60th anniversary season, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Rosemary Thomson are thrilled to announce Old Friends, the next performances in the O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars Masterworks series. Featuring charismatic pianist Ian Parker, these shows will not only welcome back OSO friend Parker to the stage, they will feature the beautiful 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.

In addition to his work at the keyboard, Mr Parker acts as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the VAM Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Working with some of Canada’s most promising young orchestral players, he programs and conducts four concerts per season in Vancouver’s historic Orpheum Theatre.

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

Featured on the evening’s program are two rich symphonic works: Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E flat major – a favourite for audiences since its premiere in 1795 – and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn. Mr Parker will take the stage to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

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.” 

Performance and ticket information are as follows;

Kelowna Community Theatre / Friday, March 6, 7:30pm
Kelowna Tickets 250.862.2867

Penticton Cleland Theatre / Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm
Kelowna Tickets 888.974.9170

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre / Sunday, March 8, 7:00pm
Ticket Seller – 250.549.7469

Featured image: Ian Parker. Courtesy of the Okanagan Symphony.

More information about Old Friends and links to ticket purchase are also available online at
For more information please contact the OSO at
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