Okanagan Symphony wraps up season with Titans

Patrons at The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s next concert series will learn what a $900,000 violin sounds like.

Western News Staff

Patrons at The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s final concert series of the season will not only be treated to internationally acclaimed  pianist and violinist Jonathan Chan, they will also learn what a $900,000 violin sounds like.

Chan, who will be joining the OSO on stage May 8-10 for the OSO’s 56th season finale, is the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank winner for violin.

“Jonathan is incredibly talented and this award is proof of this as very few musicians are awarded such a prestigious award after competing in a very intense competition. His talent for violin is just a start; he is equally talented on piano and we are fortunate to have him perform with both instruments at our season finale,” said music director Rosemary Thomson.

This concert, Titans, brings you from the storm of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture to the triumph of Hindesmith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber, and Jeffrey Ryan’s The Linearity of Light as the OSO season finale celebrates the music of German romanticism.

Chan performs in two virtuoso showpieces: as piano soloist in Franz Liszt’s dazzling Hungarian Fantasy; and as violin soloist in the richly emotional Concerto in G Minor by Bruch.

Hailing from Vancouver, Chan began playing the violin and piano at the age of four. Since making his solo debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at just eight years of age, he has gone on to perform across four different continents. He had the honour of performing for former Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s nationally televised retirement concert, playing for over 10,000 people and sharing the stage at the Air Canada Center with other renowned artists including Cirque du Soleil, Oliver Jones, Paul Anka, and the late legendary pianist, Oscar Peterson.

“In addition to our amazing soloist, our professional orchestra will express their talent with these incredible and difficult pieces which will leave attendees inspired to go home and learn to play an instrument,” said Thomson. “We look forward to welcoming audiences in the Okanagan for this powerful finish to a glorious season.”

The concert comes to Penticton’s Cleland Theatre on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $52.50 for adults; $45.50 for seniors and $24.50 for youth and are available at 250-862-2867 or online via www.okanagansymphony.com.

To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com, follow them on Twitter at OKSymponyOrch or on Facebook at OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra.