Kamloops Symphony presents Baroque Splendour at Sagebrush Theatre on Saturday, February 7. The programme features music from Bach, Handel and Purcell—three of the major composers from the Baroque period.
The orchestra will be joined by guest conductor Kevin Mallon. Mallon specializes in music of the Baroque period. He was most recently appointed as artistic director of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Mallon has over 15 recordings with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, earning a 2009 Juno nomination for a Haydn Symphonies CD. He guest conducts both in Canada and internationally.
INSPIRING DRAMA – After suffering under German occupation in WWII, the Netherlands has been liberated by Canadian forces. But liberation doesn’t always seem like freedom. In this beautiful new play, a Dutch woman and a Canadian soldier create a new world together, as a community discovers what remains of their old lives, and what’s been lost forever.
“Powerful, sweet, poignant and often surprisingly funny” – Calgary Herald
The Kamloops Symphony brings the sounds from the “city of music” to the Sagebrush Theatre with their performance The Magic of Vienna.
Vienna is considered the music capital of the world. More famous composers have lived there than any other city including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. The Magic of Vienna will include some of the great opera arias and duets, plus overtures, waltzes and marches in the Viennese tradition.
Soloists Lambroula Pappas, soprano, and Andrew Greenwood, baritone, will join Kamloops Symphony for arias and duets from Verdi’s Rigoletto and Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Lambroula Pappas has appeared with symphonies internationally and across Canada. She has been acclaimed for her charisma and exquisite tone. Gilda in Rigoletto is one of her signature roles.
Andrew Greenwood returns to perform with Kamloops Symphony. He is an in-demand oratorio and opera singer. Greenwood performed the title role in Rigoletto for the Stadttheater Hildesheim and the Stadttheater Wolfsburg, Germany. He is employed full-time as a firefighter with the City of Vancouver, and performs in Europe and anada whenever his work schedule allows.
Rigoletto premiered at La Fenice in Venice on March 11, 1851. It is a
tragic story about the Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester, Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda. It was originally titled, La malendizione (The Curse) which referred to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement. When Gilda falls in love with the Duke, and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from assassins hired by her father, the curse is fulfilled.
Western Canada Theatre presents Driving Miss Daisy, the beloved play following the adventures of a stubborn Southern matriarch and her proud chauffeur as their unlikely 25-year friendship transforms them both.