Symphony orchestra creates an evening of memories

Let there be no doubt; Christmas is here, thanks to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and its ringing concert full of seasonal classics.

Let there be no doubt; Christmas is here, thanks to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and its ringing concert full of seasonal classics.

Under the baton of Dennis Colpitts the OSO shone with unified sound and excellent ensemble work. The theme of the concert was memories and the evening’s fare rekindled old and ignited new.

The concert opened with Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, followed by Emile Waldteufel’s classic Skater’s Waltz.   Featured artist Robert Fine then made his appearance and crooned through lush arrangements of classic seasonal songs.  Of particular note was a beautiful setting of Do you Hear What I Hear arranged by pianist Carol Colpitts.

The highlight of the concert was undoubtedly the orchestra’s rendition of Mannheim Steamroller’s Stille Nacht.  Featuring artfully placed special spotlights on cellist Audrey King and pianist Carol Colpitts, this was a thought-provoking and hauntingly beautiful arrangement.

Further memorable treats were Deck the Hall Variations which included a grand orchestral fugue, Christmas at the Movies and that ageless classic Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

And of course, the OSO’s traditional sing-along was enthusiastically embraced.  With several good songs in their throats and hearts warmed with excellent music, the audience headed out into the chill night full of smiles and new memories.