There are a couple of great events heading our way this coming week that really highlight that excellent variety of entertainment that passes through Summerland. I love being able to write about these events because every once in a while something comes through here that surprises me and not in a, “Never thought I’d see the day,” kind of way. It’s more of a, “Oh cool. What a great idea,” way.
First up, we have the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presenting the first ever Chamber Salon Series, with a performance by their woodwind quintet.
A woodwind quintet is made up of five instruments — flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and the horn, which isn’t woodwind, but since none of us put the quintet together, who are we to argue semantics?
Having seen the Okanagan Symphony before, I know this promises to be a nice, intimate performance put on by some of the finest musicians in the Okanagan.
The concert takes place at the Summerland United Church on April 1 and the show starts at 1 p.m.
For more information call either 250-862-2867 or 888-974-9170.
Up next is another fun event, The Great Balanzo, who’s bringing his Old Fashioned Circus and Comedy show to the Centre Stage Theatre on Sunday, April 3.
This show harkens back to the days before television and almost back to the dawn of movies themselves, when one of the only ways to be entertained was to get out to your local theatre and see these acts as they toured through town.
The show features feats of juggling, physical comedy and is the kind of show that children of all ages will just love.
Tickets are available at Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton or at the Centre Stage box office on the day of the show.
While everyone is off enjoying this week’s entertainment, I’ll be locked away in my writer’s cave trying to come up with the new title for this column.
If I’m lucky, inspiration will strike soon and I won’t miss my daughter’s next birthday or graduation, but being the slave to the printed word that I am, it might be a bit of a photo finish.
Suggestions are still welcome and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at email@example.com.