Rich Harmonies and Ground-breaking Spontaneity

Our final concert of the 2017/18 season is taking place this Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre. Russian Innovators presents the strong lyricism, rich harmonies, and striking individuality of Shostakovich and Borodin, two of Russia’s most inventive composers, plus the ground-breaking spontaneity and masterful French-style orchestration of Canada’s Pierre Mercure.

Joining the KSO is piano soloist Sheng Cai, who will be performing Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically cheerful Piano Concerto #2. Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony at just fifteen years old, Continue reading Rich Harmonies and Ground-breaking Spontaneity

Two scholarships now available for area arts students

New Kristina Benson Art scholarship and Julia Appley-Mitra scholarship application deadlines are May 31

The Kamloops Arts Council invites students graduating high school and going on to post-secondary studies in fine arts, as well as post-secondary visual arts / design students in any year of study, to apply for two scholarships.

New this year and sponsored by local artist and wearable art designer Kristina Benson, the Kristina Benson Art Scholarship was created to honour emerging artists pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts and design fields. The scholarship will be awarded to a current or prospective student demonstrating eagerness, determination to succeed in their field and a passion to intuitively create. One scholarship of $250 may be awarded each year.

Students graduating high school this year and going on to post-secondary studies in the fine arts (i.e. music, theatre, dance, creative writing, visual arts, film) are encouraged to apply for the Kamloops Arts Council’s Julia Appley-Mitra Scholarship. This award is named after long-time KAC supporter Julia Appley-Mitra.

Deadline for both scholarships is May 31, 2018. More information and application forms may be found on the KAC website.

Hard-nosed traditional Cape Breton fiddle playing

One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, Ashley MacIsaac is bringing his hard-nosed, traditional Cape Breton style of fiddle playing to the Sagebrush Theatre stage with the Kamloops Symphony for two nights; this Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 pm.

A renowned fiddle player, piano player, and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac combines traditional fiddle playing with his own unique spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader Continue reading Hard-nosed traditional Cape Breton fiddle playing

Cabaret, Social History, and Glorious Music

What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, Continue reading Cabaret, Social History, and Glorious Music

Celebrate 50 years with the Kamloops Arts Council at April 12 event

Burger, beverage and karaoke at Match Eatery fundraiser
The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) is celebrating 50 years of bringing arts to the community with its “Cheers to 50 Years” fundraiser Thursday, April 12th at Match Eatery.
Join the KAC for a burger & beer (or other beverage) and karaoke hosted by Solo Entertainment (Angie Heinze). Singing is optional but encouraged.
Cost is $25 per ticket and includes burger, beer/beverage, and entertainment. A table of 6 may be booked for $150.
Door prizes, including a gift certificate to Atlas Restaurant, and a 50-50 will be offered. All proceeds support the KAC’s year-round community arts programs, including the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival, the Crossing Bridges Continue reading Celebrate 50 years with the Kamloops Arts Council at April 12 event