Symphony of the Kootenays performing in Creston

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Music lovers are in for a treat when the Symphony of the Kootenays appears at Prince Charles Theatre in a rare visit to Creston.

“We are very excited to be hosting a symphony orchestra that comes from the southeastern part of our province,” Creston Concert Society spokesperson Marilin Grahn said last week. “The symphony has a wonderful reputation and the program is sprinkled with musical treasures.”

While the program will feature some familiar music, the symphony will also be unveiling a commissioned piece by Aura Pon. Romp and Repose was composed by the University of Calgary graduate, who plays oboe for several orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic and Symphony of the Kootenays.

When not on stage, Pon maintains a career as a maritime surface officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve in Calgary’s local training unit and onboard coastal warships, where she has performed her navigation and bridge watch keeping duties in operations from Alaska to Oregon, and Halifax to Ireland.

Also on the program for this visit are Mozart’s Divertimento, K.136, Somers’s Little Suite on Canadian Folk Songs, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Bassoon, Mendels-sohn’s String Symphony No. 10, Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite and Warlock’s Capriol Suite.

The concert takes place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20. Tickets are available at Black Bear Books on Canyon Street.