We are the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the third-largest professional orchestra in BC. We have had the privilege to share live music experiences with residents and visitors to the Okanagan for over 60 years. Over the last 15 years, through the leadership of Music Director Rosemary Thomson, the OSO has produced a highly dedicated professional ensemble.
Please note that the Rotary Centre for the Arts is providing ticketing services to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for the 2021-2022 season. As a result, our Box Office is currently experiencing higher than normal call volumes. OSO subscribers are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online to avoid delays in processing, In order to purchase tickets through the RCA's website, you will be required to set up an account using your email address and a chosen password. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create one during your purchase. However, you may also set up an account in advance by visiting https://rotarycentreforthearts.com/account/ and clicking "Register Now." The RCA thanks you for your understanding.
Renowned baroque specialist Ivars Taurins leads the OSO in an eclectic program that celebrates the music of this historic era. Performing music from Bach’s own fascinating library of scores as well as pieces he performed in Leipzig, Maestro Taurins of Tafelmusik fame will tie this music all together with an insightful and entertaining narrative.
We celebrate the holidays with renowned ukulele maestro James Hill who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously”. Described as a “dazzling live performer” hill shows off his virtuosity in Vivaldi’s uplifting Violin Concerto in D. He and his wife, cellist Anne Janelle will also join the OSO performing brand new seasonal arrangements singing and stru...
We welcome the new year juxtaposing music of fresh exuberance and quiet contemplation, shining the spotlight on our own OSO musicians. Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear our own Karmen Doucette as she shares the beauty of the bassoon, a most distinctive and enigmatic instrument.
Making music with family members – both literal and honorary – is one of life’s great joys. Fanny Mendelssohn composed side by side with her brother Felix, while in his time, Joseph Bologne was venerated alongside his musical kin, Mozart. Recent OSYO grads Holly McCallum and Angela Zeng have played duets together since they started studying the cello. Our annual Side-by-Side with OSO and OSY...
In this concerto, Saint-Saëns drew on Bach’s church organ improvisations and the wild Tarantelle showing how French composers have been equally inspired by music of the church and the cabaret. From Fauré’s gorgeous setting of the Requiem Mass to plaintive Piaf, to Offenbach’s kick up your heels Can Can, we dive into the rich tapestry of la musique française.
Singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy and Juno winner who is influenced by his Cuban roots, but not tied to tradition. His music has been described as “getting a coat of sunshine applied to your eardrums’. Come and immerse yourself in his guitar wizardry and soulful vocals as he shares his dynamic musical vision with us all.
With his ferocious 3rd Symphony “Eroica”, Beethoven kicked open the door of the romantic era and left the classical world behind. His violin concerto comes to life in the hands of Kerson Leong, described by the Toronto Star as “not just one of Canada’s greatest violinists, but one of the greatest violinists, period.” A towering close to a season of resurgence.