Okanagan Symphony Orchestra ringing in the season

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra plans a concert Dec. 16 in Penticton.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra carries on its tradition of festive performances in celebration of the Christmas season.

Its Christmas concert – Ringing in the Season – will be this Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Cleland Theatre in Pentiction.

The program will include popular orchestral selections such as Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as well as a special Christmas Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra showcasing the talents of guest artist Bruce Henzel on the marimba.

Also joining the orchestra is the Handbell Chorus, musicians from throughout the valley whose beautiful ringing tones will blend with the symphony in songs celebrating the spirit of the season.

Be prepared sing along to some of your favorite Christmas carols. Tickets are available from the Penticton and Wine Country Information Centre, 553 Railway St., 1-855-985-5000.

For additional information on this concert and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, visit www.okanagansymphony.com.

Arts meeting

The Summerland Community Arts Council will be holding its annual general meeting on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.  The Arts Council is looking for new board members to be able to continue offering the community a variety of programs.

If you want to help support the arts in Summerland and in particular the summer street banner program, Summer Art Program for Kids and shows at the Summerland Art Gallery, consider joining the board or volunteering as a sitter in the Art Gallery.

Band concert

The Penticton Concert Band, under the direction of Gerald Nadeau, is comprised of musicians from throughout the South Okanagan including Summerland and Faulder and they will be performing Christmas music at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre Penticton on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m..

Madison Johnson, soprano, will be a special guest.

These selections will warm your heart and refresh your holiday memories.

For those who have or do play instruments it may just encourage you or, perhaps someone you know,  to become part of this local musical group.

The Penticton Concert Band meets weekly and welcomes intermediate to advanced musicians.

Practices will resume mid-January.

For more information see www.pentictonconcertband.ca or call 250-809-2087.

Online events

Don’t forget to check the Summerland Community Art Council’s online events calendar found on the News page of http://summerlandarts.com for more art events in our area.

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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, email: dfinnis@telus.net or call: 250-494-4994.

www.summerlandarts.com and http://twitter.com/artspalette

David Finnis is a member of the Summerland Community Arts Council.


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