KSO season tantalizes with feast of variety

From Rachmaninoff to rock

Mike Youds / Kamloops Daily News
May 13, 2013 01:00 AM

Kamloops Symphony's coming season not only features works by the man often called the greatest composer of all time, it celebrates his music as the KSO has never done before.

Ludwig van Beethoven's grandiose music is included in the symphony's customary Magic of Vienna concert in early January 2014, a hint of the Beethoven Festival set for early May a year from now.

The festival incorporates Beethoven's famous Fifth Symphony and his Fourth Piano Concerto (May 3, 2014) as well as Ode To Joy (May 10) featuring his first and final symphonies with the KSO Chorus and soloists.

In addition, the week includes a novel event and production, The Beat Beethoven Fun Run (May 4), a KSO fundraising walk or run. Participants are invited to "beat Beethoven" by finishing before the orchestra plays the last note of his Fifth Symphony.

Finally, Beethoven Lives Upstairs (May 4) offers a dramatic production by Classical Kids about the guy in the suite above.

Those are just a few of what promise to be many highlights to the classic, pop and chamber series starting this fall. There are a few overlaps, such as the Christmas concerts and The Magic of Vienna, that offer pops and classic series shows.

Here's the list:

* Russian Magic (Sept. 28): Guest pianist Maxim Bernard plays Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

* Spanish Airs (Nov. 15 in Salmon Arm; Nov. 16 in Kamloops): Guest conductor Gordon Gerrard leads a Latin-style program including Ravel's Bolero.

* Christmas With the KSO (Dec. 14-15): Seasonal selections featuring young pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, winner of the 2013 KSO Award at Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts.

* The Magic of Vienna (Jan. 10 in Salmon Arm; Jan. 11-12 in Kamloops): Selections by Kreisler, Mozart, Beethoven, Lanner, Schubert and Strauss, featuring Cvetozar Vutev on violin and host Rod Michell.

* Made in Britain (March 7 in Salmon Arm; March 8 in Kamloops): A favourite of music director Bruce Dunn, this program features works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Finzi and Holst.

* Beethoven's Fifth (May 3): It's Vienna, circa 1808, for the dual premiere of the Fifth Symphony and the Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring guest conductor MÉlanie LÉonard.

* Ode to Joy (May 10): Beethoven's first and ninth symphonies, featuring the KSO Chorus and soloists.

Pop Series (includes Christmas With the KSO and Magic of Vienna shows)

* One Vision - The Music of Queen (Oct. 18-19): By popular request, the Jeans 'n Classics band teams up with the orchestra and the KSO Chorus to pay homage to '70s British rock act Queen.

* Sultans of String (Feb. 7-8): These Juno nominees perform a world tapestry of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, lively Celtic and French gypsy-jazz.

* Blues in G Minor: 4 Women (April 11-12): Shakura S'Aida, who performs at this summer Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, takes her eclectic vocal repertoire on a symphonic road tour.

Chamber Series

* New Orford String Quartet (Oct. 10): Players from the Toronto and Montreal symphonies teamed up four years ago to critical acclaim.

* Three Great Bs (Nov. 2): Bach, Brahms and, of course, Beethoven sonatas.

* Mui Caliente! (Jan. 25): A little more Latin spice to enliven a winter's night, featuring the Ventos Wind Quintet.

* Quintessence (Feb. 22): Two quintets by Andreas Bromberg and Brahms, together with Arthur Foote's Nocturne and Scherzo.

* A Perfect Blend (March 29): Featuring a unique ensemble including oboe, bassoon and piano.

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