Next week Masterworks Ensemble, a quartet of the valley’s finest classical musicians, will perform three house concerts along Okanagan Lake.
Residents are opening their homes to the public, inviting them to sip wine from local wineries, view artwork by Okanagan artists and listen to the sounds of summer.
“A house can be such a rich and intimate setting for a concert,” said Tracy Fehr, one of the performers.
“Our ensemble is thrilled to perform in three beautiful homes with gorgeous terraces and views of the lake.”
The owners of the homes are just as excited to host such accomplished musicians.
Fehr, a lyric coloratura soprano, has held numerous recitals and concerts across Canada and abroad.
Elizabeth Lupton, violin, is a member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
Dennis Nordlund, piano, performs throughout the Okanagan as a soloist, as accompanist for vocalists, choirs, instrumentalists and theatrical productions.
Masterworks Ensemble is joined by guest artist Simon Cliff, a classical guitarist from London, England.
Music for the evening concerts will feature songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, duets for violin and guitar, guitar and soprano, Spanish and Portuguese songs, and jazz pieces such as Unforgettable and At Last.
The house concerts will be held Friday, July 26 at Lloyd and Tanya Westby’s in Trout Creek; Saturday, July 27 at Bernd and Felicity Stahl’s house in Summerland and Sunday, July 28 at Goran and Jo Marcovic’s home on the Naramata Bench.
Sunette Louw will showcase her artwork at the Westby home, and artist Derris Selles’ abstract art will be featured at the Stahl’s home.
Tickets, which sold out quickly for last year’s performances, must be purchased in advance.
The cost includes a glass of wine from a local winery.
To purchase, visit Summerland Pharmasave, 9515 Main Street, Summerland, or the Penticton Arts Council, Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. Penticton.
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.