Concert series kicks off at Venables

Concert series kicks off at Venables

Matt Herskowitz and John Roney, the Piano Caméléons, kick off the South Okanagan Concert Series at Frank Venables Theatre on Nov. 10. (Pierre Arsenault photo)

Special to the Sun

Imagine yourself in November facing the early gloom of another dark evening.

Flash to another scene.

It’s you on Friday, Nov. 10 arriving into the bright lights of the opulent Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver, meeting friends and hunkering down as the Piano Cameleons, a talented pair on two grand pianos, tackle some of the most beloved classical masterpieces in the spirit of the great interpreters but enhancing their renditions with improvised variations worthy of the best jazz players.

Their show, Classics with a Jazzy Touch, is just the start of a winter season of music brought to you by the South Okanagan Concert Society (SOCS).

So what else is on board for this season? What musical adventures await you?

On Friday, Jan. 19, Cheng2 Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo), will find classical pianist, Silvie, and cellist, Bryan, on our stage.

The duo have been making music together for 14 years and are celebrated for their artistic excellence, generous spirit, and compelling vibrancy.

Their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011 was met with a full house, rave reviews, and an invitation to perform again in 2013.

On Friday, Feb. 9, Cari Burdett, a troubadour with gypsy ancestors, will take you ‘cabaret style’ around the world through song. She delivers a vibrant, genre-defying fusion of jazz, art song, folk and world music and sings with a timeless theatrical flair in multiple European languages.

Accompanied by a quartet of talented musicians, her rich mezzo soprano voice will hold you spellbound.

The final concert of the season will bring back some old friends who are much loved in this area.

The Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They can’t be neatly categorized.

Witty, charming and tremendously musical they engage an audience in a way few classical musicians can.

Their arrangements can sometimes mix many styles in delightful ways, but always leave the audience with a new appreciation for classical music.

Now imagine yourself choosing your seat and buying tickets.

The price is more than right as those in attendance will continue to enjoy world-class musicians performing under ideal conditions at the magnificent Frank Venables Theatre.

That could mean buying the whole four concert series in advance at only $19 per ticket. It could mean buying any two or three tickets in advance at $21 per ticket or a single ticket at $23.

A single ticket at the door on the evening of the concert is $25.

Children and youth are only $2.50 per ticket no matter when they are purchased.

You also have choices and you can buy online at or you can go to the theatre box office in advance on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you need assistance, just call the box office at 250-498-1616.

Now don’t just imagine, but actually take action to get concert tickets that are on sale now. Get dates secured with your friends.

All concerts are at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver and start at 7:30 p.m.

The SOCS has been bringing high-quality classical musicians and performers to music fans across the South Okanagan for several years.

The concert series is supported by both the Osoyoos and District Arts Council and the Oliver Community Arts Council.

While there are many other concert series that are promoted across this region, the South Okanagan Concert Series is the only one that is committed to promoting classical music.

Those requiring bus transportation from Osoyoos can call Janet at 250-495-6487 to make arrangements.