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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Glenmore elementary team up for Canadian history show

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 | 12:43 pm

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The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Kelowna’s Glenmore Elementary School are bringing an exciting new show— How Canada Came to Be: A Story of You and Me—to Okanagan Valley audiences this April.

“This is going to be a world-class show,” says the OSO’s Music Director and Conductor Rosemary Thomson, “one that orchestras across the country are going to present as part of their educational series for years to come.”

Claude LaPalme, widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost orchestrators, took local teacher and Governor General Award Winner Rhonda Draper’s folk song arrangements and video presentation, and created full orchestrations. The new work will premiere to school children and adult audiences in Kelowna on Monday April 12th in the Trinity Baptist Auditorium.

Following the 9:30 a.m. show for school children, there is a special ticketed evening show in Trinity for families at 7:00 p.m. this is a real opportunity for affordable, professional quality entertainment. The OSO takes the morning shows to Vernon and Penticton on April 13 & 14.

Canada’s history is illustrated through full orchestrations performed by the Okanagan Symphony. A “big screen” video show runs throughout, showing images from Canada’s history, from the Voyageurs to Parliament Hill, from forests to mountains to fishers to rail history’s Golden Spike.

Arrangements of “I’se the B’y”, “Land of the Silver Birch”, “Drill ye Tarriers, Drill”, are among the 15 song-stories told. The 300 voice Glenmore Grizzly Bear Singers are featured throughout, and tell the stories, along with narrators, real canoes, dancing moose, and more.

Audiences are invited to come celebrate this exciting musical story of how Canada became the country we live in, know and love, with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Music Director, Rosemary Thomson, singer/performer, Rhonda Draper and the Glenmore Grizzly Bear Children’s Singers.

Tickets for this hugely entertaining and interactive evening show can be purchased directly through the outlets listed below.

  • Glenmore Elementary School, Kelowna – 250-762-3209
  • Trinity Baptist Office, Kelowna – 250-860-3273
  • Okanagan Symphony Office (plus, book the morning school shows at OSO only) at 250-763-7544×104

Tickets are $5 for children to 18 years and $10 for adults and Seniors.

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