Members of the Summerland Art Club decorated heads

Variety of arts events scheduled

While this weekend marks the conclusion of Arts and Culture Week activities it certainly does not mean the end of a wide range of events.

While this weekend marks the conclusion of province-wide Arts and Culture Week activities it certainly does not mean the end of a wide range of concerts, plays and gallery shows in Summerland and surrounding communities.

In fact music lovers can enjoy a number of performances including this weekend’s Sing Me to Heaven concert by Musaic Vocal Ensemble this Saturday at St John’s Lutheran Church on North Victoria Road.

Concert goers will hear the Requiem by John Rutter and works by Tavener, Palestrina, Tallis and others works.

The following weekend, Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Voices in Song present A Song for Hope Benefit featuring Dennis Nordlund on piano and Elizabeth Lupton on violin.  Tickets are available from The Penticton and District Community Arts Council, Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave., Penticton.

Proceeds and donations from this spring concert will be directed to ACT’s livelihood project for disadvantaged women and children in North Africa, Tunisia, and specifically to initiate funding for a psychologist to offer group session counselling (post-trauma, life skills, legal advice) for these women.

The Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, who are celebrating their 24th season, will also be performing May 5 at the Shatford Centre in Penticton at 2 p.m.

Their spring concert, Horizons, will feature soloist Jasper Meiklejohn of Penticton on violin.

Tickets are available  at the Penticton Academy of Music.

If you are reading this before the weekend I hope you will stop by the Arts Centre for the short play, Sorry, Wrong Number, being performed by Singers and Players on Thursday evening.  And on Friday night the Arts Council will be wrapping up the week’s events with a gala featuring tapas, wine, music and door prizes. Not to mention the presentation of the 23rd Annual Community Arts Appreciation Award.

The show Figuratively Speaking, featuring metal and glass sculpture made with recycled materials is in the Main Gallery until May 4. Definitely worth a visit, as is the gift shop. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1- a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you know of an event you feel should be included in the Arts Palette or on the Arts Council’s online calendar, please email or call 250-494-8994. and

David Finnis is the publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council.