By Marion Boyd
Special to the Chronicle
Friday, October 12 marks the first concert of this season’s South Okanagan Concert Society’s program. The Marc Atkinson Trio, a group described as “melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe inspiring” will be the catalyst for high spirits at Venables Theatre.
Juno nominated Marc Atkinson, on guitar, is backed by Scott White on acoustic bass and Brett Martens on rhythm guitar as well as guest artist Cameron Wilson on violin.
Marc is known for his ability to spin out seemingly impossible–to-play, breathtaking lines at will. The emotional nuance and sense of humour he brings to his work has engaged audiences for more than two decades. He draws on classical, jazz, roots, and even some rock traditions to delight his audience with new takes on old tunes and sensitive renderings of his own highly melodic compositions.
Brett Martens, pulls from his knowledge of soul, jazz, reggae and latin music. His percussive guitar feel is sensitive, yet lively and infectious. He leads and performs with many bands of his own.
Scott White is a multi-faceted bassist and music therapist currently residing in Berlin. He has performed with many of Canada’s most renowned musicians and toured the world. He manages to practice music therapy in various hospitals, compose and teach while acting as a music director for a Cirque du Soleil show in Germany.
Take all the Trio has to offer after four award winning CDs and decades of touring and then add the sounds of Cameron Wilson’s sweet and playful violin! Versatile and talented, his work showcases many genres of music. It comes as no surprise that he has performed with the CBC Radio orchestra, the Vancouver Bach choir and also with Bryan Adams, Spirit of the West and Raffi.
Tickets are on sale now at www.venablestheatre.ca or at the theatre box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 p.m. Two or more tickets in advance cost $21/ticket. A single ticket in advance is $23. Single tickets at the door are $25.
Children and youth are $2.50. All concerts in the series start at 7:30 p.m.