Bruce Dunn will be conducting the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Centre this Thursday

Bruce Dunn will be conducting the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra at the Performing Arts Centre this Thursday

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra kicks off new Revelstoke Arts Council concert series

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra launches new six concert series by Revelstoke Arts Council at new performing arts centre.

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra is bringing its performance Brilliant Beethoven to Revelstoke’s new Performing Arts Centre this Thursday, Sept. 27.

The show marks the first big concert at the new theatre, and the first show of the Revelstoke Arts Council’s 2012–13 concert series.

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra will be joined by pianist Stephane Lemelin, a highly sought-after soloist who has performed with several major Canadian orchestras, and as a recitalist and chamber music performer. He has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

The show Brilliant Beethoven features two works by the famous German composer, the Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto #5. The orchestra will also perform Franz Schubert’s  Symphony #4, which is also known as the “tragic symphony.”

Beethoven’s overture was composed for a 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The subject of the music is the life and heroism of a 16th-century Dutch nobleman. It is an example of Beethoven’s passion, with repeated phrases, deep minor undertones and expressive melodies that demonstrate Beethoven’s romantic fervour.

The concerto, Beethoven’s last of five, was written in 1809 in the midst of the French invasion of Vienna. Schubert’s fourth symphony was composed in 1816 when he was only 19, but not performed until 1849, more than two decades after his death.

Tickets for the orchestra are $30. A $70 champagne dinner is available for up to 50 people. The price includes one ticket with priority seating and dinner with a member of the orchestra.

The orchestra is the first of six shows of the Revelstoke Arts Council’s 2012-13 season.

On Oct. 30, James Keelaghan, who has been called one of Canada’s finest folk singer-songwriters, takes the stage at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $15.

On Nov. 15, Ballet Kelowna returns to Revelstoke, with a 10th anniversary program of contrasts and collaborations: good versus evil in Swan Lake‘s White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux, a battle of ballerina egos, and a world premiere from two of Vancouver’s most exciting choreographers. Tickets are $20.

On Jan. 17, 2013, the Breakmen perform at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. This Vancouver-based alt-country/indie/Canadian band played a very successful show at the Roxy Theatre last winter. Tickets are $15.

Feb. 7, 2013, presents a chance to relive the 1970s when ABBA Again, a tribute to the legendary Swedish pop band, comes to Revelstoke to perform at the new theatre. The show features the harmonized vocals, exciting choreography, glittering costumes (with platform shoes) and humour that made the band so famous. Tickets are $15.

The concert series wraps up on Mar. 6, 2013, when Canadian roots and blues artist Rita Chiarelli plays at the new theatre. Tickets are $20.

To buy tickets, visit www.revelstokeartscouncil.bigcartel.com.