Masterworks to perform concerts of early music

Masterworks Ensemble will hold a series of early music concerts in Summerland, Penticton and Oliver in February.

Masterworks Ensemble will hold a series of early music concerts in Summerland, Penticton and Oliver in February.

The concert highlights music from the Renaissance to early Classical, performed by lyric coloratura soprano Tracy Fehr, Elizabeth Lupton on violin, Dennis Nordlund on piano and organ, Olivia Walsh on cello and Bob Park on classical guitar and lute.

“The lute was the king of European instruments from 1500 to 1750,” said Park, who will be playing a handcrafted replica of a lute built in 1592.

The lute, with its distinctive bowl shape, angled tuning peg box and elaborately carved rose possesses a softer and more delicate sound than a guitar.

The group will be joined by Walsh on the cello for many of the selections, including Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach.

The Summerland concert will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 9311 Prairie Valley Rd. Tickets are available at the church at 250-494-3466 and at the door.

The Penticton concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2800 South Main St. Tickets will be sold at the door and at the Penticton and District Arts Council, Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave.

The final concert will be held in Oliver on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Oliver Lutheran Centre, 6431 Okanagan St. Tickets are available at the door.