Summer is almost ended and harvest is coming, and with it the Creston Valley Fall Fair. Following tradition, the Creston Concert Society will be awaiting your visit to its booth, where you will discover the wonderful new line up for its 2014-2015 season, which includes a variety of styles and genres for your listening and viewing pleasure.
The season opens on a classical note with Duo Concertante on Oct. 1. Duo Concertante is a duo ensemble formed by husband-and-wife musicians Nancy Dahn on violin and Timothy Steeves on piano. In addition to performing well known classical works by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart, Dahn and Steeves have a significant interest in contemporary music, including Bartok, Gershwin and Arvo Part, as well as modern works by Canada’s leading composers such as R. Murray Schafer, and deliver consistently energetic and fiery performances.
On Nov. 15, Three Worlds will be colliding in Creston! Hailing from Vancouver Island, this award-winning roots music supergroup is comprised of award-winning guitarist Brad Prevadoros (previously in the band Firedance, which the concert society was proud to present), acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Joy (flute, guitar and hammered dulcimer) and percussion master Niel Golden (Indian hand drums and the new and elusive Hang). Their groundbreaking sound features their own interpretive blend of eastern, Latin jazz, blues, African, pan-Asian and Celtic folk influences producing the essence of music without borders.
When winter is often at it’s harshest, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will help chase the blues away. Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer, vocalist and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honour the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. On Feb. 23, Stone and accompanying musicians celebrate the work of famed folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, and bring together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music, including Bahamian sea shanties, African-American a cappella songs, Old World weavers’ work songs, ancient Appalachian ballads and new songs inspired by the sounds, stories and melodies collected by Lomax.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a Sunday matinee. On March 22, internationally renowned vocalists Roybn Driedger-Klassen, Barb Towell, Frederik Rober and Peter Alexander, accompanied by sensational pianist Tina Chang, perform as QuintEssence. This celebrated group of performers offers a fresh, innovative concert experience for lovers of classical music of any style. Their performances showcase cherished opera repertoire of phenomenal quality and exotic musical gems by celebrated songwriters spanning from Schubert to Poulenc, Britten to Heggie, Gershwin to Weill. QuintEssence will dazzle you with vocal pyrotechnics, melt your heart with beautifully sung poetry and stretch your musical frontier to the limit with adored music from off the beaten track.
After a very well received performance two years ago, Ballet Kelowna returns to Prince Charles Theatre on April 20. With a new artistic director, Simone Orland, and a new mixed repertoire program, audiences of all ages will enjoy Ballet Kelowna’s dances set to Erik Satie’s Gymnopiedies (choreographed by Nesta Toumine); In Arden Woods, based on some of Shakespeare’s lyrics and set to music by Kelowna composer Arnold Draper (choreographed by David LaHay); a Swan Lake pas de trois; and two new works, one by Shawn Hounsell and one by Orlando. This is “Not Just Tutus and Tiaras”.
All shows are at the Prince Charles Theatre at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of QuintEssence, which starts at 2. Early bird (up to the fall fair) series prices are $90 for adults (two for $170), $45 for students and $245 for families (two adults and two children), After the fall fair, adult series passes are $95 at Creative Fix. Individual tickets are available at Black Bear Books for $22 for adults and $10 for students. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $12 for students.
For more information, visit Creston Concert Society’s website at www.crestonconcertsociety.ca. Also, like the society on Facebook to be eligible to win a free ticket to the concert of your choice for the current season.
—CRESTON CONCERT SOCIETY