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Jaeden Izak-Dzurko (piano)
7:30 pm Tuesday September 12, 2023


Jaeden Izik-Dzurko of Salmon Arm performs his first solo concert on NOCCA’s Steinway.

The NOCCA concert season begins with one of the North Okanagan’s great sources of musical pride. Over the past ten years, pianist Jaeden Izak-Dzurko has opened for NOCCA presentations as well as performed for the North Okanagan Youth Showcase of Excellence (NOYSE). After graduating from high school in Salmon Arm, Jaeden went on to Juilliard School of Music and graduated in 2022 with his Bachelor of Music. He is currently studying with Dr. Corey Hamm at UBC to complete his master’s degree.

Celebrated by the CBC in 2021 as one of “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is earning a reputation as a promising young artist. Recognized by audiences, conductors, composers and critics alike for the exceptional communicative power and thoughtfulness of his interpretations “… he projects a distinctive musical personality that imbues even the most routine passagework with character and individuality” (Calgary Herald). In 2022 Jaeden won piano competitions both in North America and in Europe, and his road to success continues here in Vernon as he entertains us with works by classical masters as well as, at least, one of his own compositions. Come out and catch a rising star.

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7:30 pm Wednesday October 11, 2023


Festive high energy performances, sprinkled with humour and spiced with narrative.

Oktopus is a major presence on the Canadian music scene, with over 250 performances to its credit at home and abroad. The group is primarily devoted to klezmer – the musical heritage of Eastern European Jews – distinguished by a novel approach that incorporates various components of classical, Québecois, and Jazz repertoires.
The group’s eight virtuoso musicians offer festive, high-energy performances, at once melancholic and profound, sprinkled with humour and spiced with narrative, in which original compositions and finely crafted arrangements combine with improvisation. Its members’ complicity, shared passion, and hard work are what makes each of their performances so memorable – whether on stage, in the street, on a ship, in a hot air balloon or in your living room, Oktopus is simply … spectacular!

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Quartetto Gelato
7:30 pm Tuesday November 28, 2023


An exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour.

With sold-out performances in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour.  With a performance repertoire that spans the globe and includes classical masterworks, engaging vocals, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and klezmer songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humour establish an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.

At the 2010 INDIE Awards, Quartetto Gelato was honoured as Best Classical Ensemble, and achieved unique global reach when Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk chose their first two CDs to take on board during his NASA flight on the space shuttle Columbia, to literally be heard around the world!

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Liz Lee (violin)
7:30 pm Thursday January 25, 2024


Captivates audiences, leaving them breathless with impeccable phrasing and musicality.

violinist, Haerime Elizabeth Lee has developed a playing style indicative of the very essence of her personality: passionate, deliberate and often witty. In 2015, Elizabeth performed as the concertmaster with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors concert in Washington, D.C. to recognize Maestro Seiji Ozawa, which was attended by former President Barrack Obama.
Elizabeth possesses a progressive philosophy when it comes to exploring and premiering works by living composers. 
Elizabeth describes her interpretation of George Gershwin’s works for violin and piano as a “contemporary take on timeless music that captures the vibrant spirit of New Your City as it once was and as it is now. Her new album, My Time is Now, will delight die-hard Gershwin fans and capture the hearts of new followers.

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Adam Cicchillitti & Steve Cowan
7:30 pm Tuesday April 23, 2024

Two of Canada’s most skilled and forward-thinking classical guitarists.

Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan have set a benchmark in the world of classical guitar with their award-winning recordings, commissions of major orchestral works, and competition performances.  On their debut release, FOCUS, Tracy Anne Smith (American Record Guide) states that “with sensitive, authoritative, au courant playing, Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan retain their individuality while communicating like old friends.”  

In 2021, the duo released its third album with Analekta Records, Intimate Impressions, featuring original arrangements of piano, harp, and guitar music written in 20th century Paris.  They were awarded third prize at the 2021 international ensemble competition of the Guitar Foundation of America, arguably the most prestigious guitar ensemble competition in the world.  These two virtuosos are clearly at the top of their game.

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