Artistic choices offered

This weekend two of the Okanagan’s best known and loved musical and cultural organizations are performing this Saturday.

Life is full of choices and this weekend is no different as two of the Okanagan Valley’s best known and loved musical and cultural organizations are performing this Saturday evening.

Closest to home is Ballet Kelowna who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at Centre Stage Theatre.

Ballet Kelowna is launching its second decade with a ground-breaking program featuring Canadian choreographers and composers. This performance entitled Innovation will challenge ideas of contemporary ballet.

From pioneering works to a cutting edge commission the audience is invited to join Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director David LaHay as he celebrates his final season with the company he founded against all odds.

In this crowning achievement of LaHay’s long career you will witness choreography by Kay Armstrong and Brian Macdonald, and former Ballet B.C. star Simone Orlando.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear a mixture of composers from  Quebecois singer-songwriter Gilles Vigneault to Kelowna’s own jazz composer Neville Bowman, Toronto’s Linda Catlin Smith and Vancouver’s Marcus Goddard.

For more information checkout their website www.balletkelowna.ca or find them on Facebook  at Facebook.com/BalletKelowna

Penticton poet, writer and performer Shane Koyczan will be joining the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra at the Cleland Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Remember the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics? Imagine what a slam poet can do with a symphonic backup.

Music Director Rosemary Thomson will be hosting her customary  pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance which will provide audience members with additional insight into this special program.

For additional information on this concert and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, please www.okanagansymphony.com

Tickets are available from the Penticton & Wine Country Information Centre, 553 Railway St., Tel: 250-276-2170.

These are just two of many upcoming cultural events in Summerland and surrounding area.  For information on other events by groups such as the Summerland Dance Club, who are also meeting this Saturday, and the upcoming play by Singers and Players check the What’s Up page in this newspaper and the What’s Happening page on http://summerlandarts.com

The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.