Perry: Okanagan Symphony presents innovative evening

Review of the OSO Masterworks II series Themes and Innovations

Anita Perry is a Summerland music teacher who has written works for orchestra, concert bands, ballets and musicals. (File Photo)

Anita Perry is a Summerland music teacher who has written works for orchestra, concert bands, ballets and musicals. (File Photo)

This weekend, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) presented Themes and Innovations, the second in its stellar Masterworks series in celebration of its 60th year.

The concert opened with Ralph Vaughan William’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. For this performance, Maestra Rosemary Thomson created two string orchestras: one on risers and another on stage. The OSO performed superbly, each phrase beautifully sculpted and played with exquisite sensitivity. So moved were they by the performance, that several seconds passed in hushed and reverent silence before the audience burst into applause.

Next came the highlight and the most innovative part of the evening, Mark Haney’s concerto for double bass, Placentia Bay: Summer of 1941 inspired by a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. It was clear that every note was heartfelt and honest—a tribute to soloist Meaghan Williams as well as Haney’s colleagues in the orchestra.

READ MORE: Okanagan Symphony celebrates 60 years

Haney painted an evocative picture using his intimate knowledge of the orchestra and William’s brilliant technique. Williams coaxed all manner of sounds from her double bass, from shimmering harmonics to growling 16th note passages and special effects produced by the use of a guitar capo. In both the second and third movements, Maestra Thomson sang a beautiful melodic line while simultaneously conducting the orchestra—a truly innovative touch.

After intermission, the OSO performed Edward Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations.

Here, the OSO shone with excellent ensemble work. Entries were clean and lines were skillfully contoured. For the iconic Nimrod variation, Maestra Thomson eschewed her baton to conduct the piece with her hands, directing the intent and emotion with balletic grace.

Of note is the fact that the OSO’s next concert will be a festive performance of Handel’s Messiah—a Christmas tradition that is not to be missed!

Anita Perry has written works for orchestra, concert band, ballets and musicals. She currently teaches piano in Summerland.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The aftermath of the 3 a.m. fire in Keremeos. (Keremeos Fire Department)
Fire and explosion wakes Keremeos residents

A motorhome was consumed and a boat severely damaged after the 3 a.m. fire

(Contributed)
Penticton Regional Hospital Auxiliary donates $78k to school breakfast programs

The Penticton Breakfast Club runs programs at Queens Park, Westbench and Columbia Elementary schools

South Okanagan Women in Need Society and TIME Winery will be accepting donations from noon to 4 p.m. at Time Winery Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 to help women and children in need during their annual “Time to Give” event. (Contributed)
Support women and children in need this weekend at TIME Winery in Penticton

SOWINS has seen more women than ever become victims to domestic abuse this year

(File)
One death and 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

1,981 total cases, 609 are active and those individuals are on isolation

The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Affordable housing projects in Keremeos continue to sit empty

Cactus Court was supposed to be finished around July this year

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)
Case of COVID-19 at North Okanagan high school

Member of W.L. Seaton Secondary exposure Nov. 26

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP was called to a report of a fight at an Okanagan Landing Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, but issued the homeowner a ticket  under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for having too many people at the party. (Black Press file photo)
West Kelowna man, dog rescued from carbon monoxide poisoning

The man was quickly transported to the hospital

Good Samaritan Mountainview Village located at 1540 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Good Samaritan Society)
First long-term care resident dies from COVID-19 in Interior Health

Man in his 80s dies following virus outbreak at Mountainview Village

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

The former BC Tree Fruits office building at 1473 Water Street has been sold. (Contributed)
BC Tree Fruits downtown Kelowna office sold for $7.5M

Historic building sold for 44 per cent more than the $5.2-million asking price

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

Margaret Holm
HOLM: Better Bicycle Lanes

Margaret Holm writes about solutions to global warming

The newly opened Switzmalph Child Care Centre at Salmon Arm offers culturally enriched programs featuring the Secwépemc culture but is open to children of all heritages. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Video: Switzmalph Child Care Centre shares culture with Shuswap community

New daycare at Salmon Arm offers Secwépemc culturally enriched programs to children of all heritages

Most Read