Lofty goals for new auditorium
It is that wonderful time of the year when the locals buy their concert tickets and look forward to a winter season of music.
This year is special. Since the Venables Auditorium burned down we’ve designed programs especially suited to the acoustics and intimate temporary setting we use at the Oliver Alliance Church.
This season will start there but we are hoping against hope that the fabulous new Venables Theatre will be complete and we can end the season with a show featuring Ken Lavigne, the Victoria tenor with “a voice of liquid gold” who took his dream to Carnegie Hall and came home with three standing ovations at the Big Apple. He will be joined on stage by his band (piano, guitar, bass, drums and violin).
Ken has charmed his way into the hearts of this audience with his sincere delivery of ballads, show tunes and classical crossover hits in the style of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban.
Some of you may remember him singing in the old Venables auditorium one rainy night when the roof was leaking and raindrops really did fall on his head. Won’t it be grand to hear the pure lyric sound of his voice in our new theatre on February 28, 2014?
For those impatient to find out how to get tickets, here is the scoop. Four admission flex pass tickets for only $60 are already on sale for the concert series at Beyond Bliss in Oliver and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos, or at the door. As usual, the flex ticket can be used in any combination. Four can go to one concert, snow birds can share a ticket or one person can come to all four concerts.
A single entrance is $20. Those students 17 and under gain admission free and those needing a ride from Osoyoos can call Maureen at 495-7978 and arrange to come by bus. All concerts start at 7:30 pm.
But I get ahead of myself. The South Okanagan Concert Society executive are really thrilled to announce our first concert on Friday, Nov. 8. Two matching grand pianos, four hands, 176 keys and the Bergmann Piano Duo is set to inspire and touch the audience with a dynamic and energetic performance.
Always adventurous, this married couple combines virtuosic dedication with the instincts of professional entertainers who love their music.
The local concert will include works from Mozart, Haydn, Bernstein, Brubeck and Piazzola and will showcase Marcel Bergmann’s unique arrangements as he straddles the best of the classical and jazz worlds.
What else is in store for you? On Friday, Nov. 22 the internationally renowned 12-voice conductorless choir, musica intima, is sure to provide some exquisite, breathtaking, gorgeous choral moments.
Known for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble. In performance, they engage the audience with a spontaneity and directness all their own. This year the choir celebrates its 20th anniversary!
The Friday, January 17 concert is something special. Khac Chi features two of Vietnam’s premiere musicians showcasing rare and unique musical instruments made from bamboo. The haunting lyricism, energetic rhythms and fascinating timbres of these instruments give the audience an intriguing glimpse into Vietnam’s rich musical traditions spanning some 4,000 years.
Khac Chi concerts are an adventure in sound and alive with beautiful ethnic costumes. The duo have set out to bring their traditional music to western audiences in ways those audiences can appreciate and enjoy. This has meant creating lively new arrangements of traditional, folk, and contemporary tunes and using light hearted stage antics to capture their listeners.
The South Okanagan Concert Society invites each and every one of you to get your tickets and join us for the 2013-2014 concert series so the pleasure of good company and good music will be yours.
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Evie New opens up art
The Oliver Sagebrushers present Evie New.
Evie has been a member of the Oliver Art Club for over 50 years.
While spending time with her mother, Georgiana Evans, a founding member of the art club, Evie began painting portraits. Although she has painted in all mediums, portraits have become her special love. Her artwork graces homes in Canada and the USA.
Evie has taken courses in art as well as workshops with the Sagebrushers.
Mentors such as Larry Jackson, watercolourist, and Robert Wood, oil painter, have been great inspirations to Evie.
Evie has taught many classes over the years. Pastel portraits have been a favourite of the Sagebrushers.
Come and see her wonderful display of all mediums at Rustico Winery in the Quail’s Roost Art Gallery. The show opens Friday October 4 at 5 pm and will be open daily during October.
The Oliver Sagebrushers is a fine art club that meets regularly for painting and drawing classes.
Art is only way to run away without leaving
You won’t have to run away. The best art is here at home.
Penticton painter Glenn Clark and Oliver quilter Marianne Parsons, two of our best artists are featured at the Oliver Community Arts Council’s 30th annual Fall Art Show and Sale held Saturday, Oct. 5th and Sunday, Oct. 6 in Oliver’s community hall.
Although completely different in choice of medium, the similarity of these two artists is in the brilliance of their individual artistic execution.
Art and hockey are two passions of Clark. We see them come together in his mural of hometown heroes, the Penticton Vee’s hockey team, who won the 1955 World Cup. The grand mural on the Elk’s Club wall is extraordinary in its size and the likeness that portrays each team member. Clark’s portfolio documenting the event contains several large paintings, each capturing glimpses of the player’s joy at this victorious event.
Clark’s work doesn’t stop at portraiture. His landscape paintings record the unique colour, beauty and diversity of our country. Clark followed the routes of former BC artists Lawren Harris and E. J. Hughes, producing several series of “plein aire” oil sketches which illustrate with technical clarity and vividness his great love of the outdoors.
Clark is a wonderful artist who generously shares his passion by donating time and talent to many local endeavours.
Our opportunity to spend time with the artist begins with his attendance at our Fall Art Show and Sale. Meet him at the show’s opening on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 pm and later at the show’s evening reception from 7-9 pm. His works will stay on display Sunday from 12 to 5 pm, but then access to the show is only with your ticket to the Festival of the Grape.
We know the South Okanagan produces some of the finest quilters in the country. Marianne Parsons is well known both at home with the Double “O” Quilters and “The Fabricators,” and beyond the borders of Canada through international exhibitions in the field of fibre art.
A skilled seamstress, watercolour artist, and fabric artist using batik and embroidery, Marianne has created many innovative and memorable pieces. Her close observations of nature are reflected in her work. “Set in Stone,” an art quilt featuring fossil formations in rocks, earned Marianne first place at Quilt Canada 2013 in the category of “Abstract Pictorial Original Design.” Congratulations, Marianne!
As one of the original members of the Double “O” Quilters, Marianne’s main focus has been in exploring, teaching and writing about modern applications to traditional quilting techniques. In the process, she has created a number of competition and show pieces. Her expertise along with a willingness to pass on her knowledge locally and nationally in workshops and written articles earned her a prestigious “Teacher of the Year” award from the Canadian Quilters’ Association.
To bedazzle the novice and enchant the experienced, featured artist Marianne will display some of her award winning art quilts to visitors of the Fall Art Show and Sale.
In addition, the Oliver community hall stage will be filled once again with the work of the Ripoff Artists. For their seventh year challenge, the nine artists ripped off Wassily Kandinsky’s “The Garden of Love.”
Those who missed the week-long open studio and just want to see the Ripoff interpretations once again can look forward to viewing the finished renditions of these nine varied and clever artists at the Fall Art Show and Sale.
Still another great display awaits you: “Cottages” by the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers. This guild created two cottages representing Canada and the USA for the Bellingham conference of the Association of Northwest Weavers Guild, with the theme: “Crossing Borders, Crossing Threads.”
Members of the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers will be on hand to take your questions on the fabrication of these two amazing wet felted cottages. What imaginative, creative artists we have!
All of the artwork entered in the show for your vote is for sale.
The Fall Art Show and Sale will open Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 pm with the opening reception that evening from 7-9 pm.
The show continues on Sunday from 12- 5 pm, but entry is only through the gate for ticket holders of the Festival of the Grape.
The festival information is available on their website. Further information on the Oliver Community Arts Council or its Fall Art Show and Sale is available at oliverartscouncil.org
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