Kamloops Symphony turns 40 this year, and commemorates the anniversary season by starting with a performance of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Called “Celebrating 40 Years,” the concert features Joseph Elworthy as cello soloist. Elworthy won the New Celebrity competition 23 years ago, earning him a performance opportunity with the Kamloops Symphony at the time. Now, a professional musician, he returns to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto #1.
The performance begins with one of Beethoven’s most frequently performed and recorded works, Coriolan Overture. Shostakovich’s dramatic concerto will intrigue audiences, included in memory of a founding member Lore Dominik, who once played the cello in the symphony.
One of Dominik’s favourite symphonies was Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. Music Director Bruce Dunn chose this as a fitting last piece of the performance because it is celebratory, full of spirit.
On Tuesday, Kamloops City council declared Sept. 19-25 Kamloops Symphony Week in recognition of 40 years of service to the city.
The symphony presents three series this season: Noran Masterworks, Kelson Group Pops and New Gold Chamber Music.
Noran Masterworks series will have four guest conductors as part of their search for a new music director following Dunn’s retirement in June 2017.
Kelson Group Pops series features the return of Jeans ‘n Classics and a new performance by Latin Grammy and Juno award winner Alex Cuba.
The New Gold Chamber Music will consist of five ensembles performing at the TRU Alumni Theatre.
Subscription tickets to the Kamloops Symphony will remain on sale until Sept. 24.
Tickets can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374- 5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.