Hello NOCCA friends! As the weather finally starts to warm up and Summer has officially started we want to tell you about the 7th Annual Vernon Proms which is about to kick-off on June 23rd and runs through to July 17th. Come out and support our local musicians!
There are over 25 concerts, many of them free (or by donation – pay what you can), representing a variety of music genres – from medieval, baroque and classical to jazz and world music. There are five public concerts at Polson Park Bandshell – bring your picnic baskets and chairs or blankets.
The festival opens June 23 with a concert of French baroque music by Francois Couperin performed by a world-class period instruments ensemble Contrasto Armonico (now based in Victoria) at Vernon Peace Lutheran Church 7:30 pm; and in Kelowna June 24, 7:30 pm at St. Michael’s Cathedral.
The first week of the Proms continues with “A Trip to the Emerald Isle” by Ancora and Friends with a free Celtic music celebration June 25, 3 pm at Peace Lutheran Church.
Okanagan Recorders Orchestra presents a free concert June 26, 2 pm at Peace Lutheran Church.
Partners in Crime bring a witty musical storytelling by Cvetozar Vutev and Curtis Howell illustrated with music for violin, viola, harpsichord and pianoforte by J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann June 26, 7:30 pm at Peace Lutheran Church.
Crowd favourite Fish on Five Brass Quintet brings pop, jazz and light classics to Polson Park June 27 at 6 pm.
The Vernon Jazz Club and SilverStar Mountain present Sean Bray’s Peach Band playing “a hybrid of instrumental American roots with a jazz improv sensibility” June 29, 7:30 pm at the National Altitude Training Centre Auditorium, SilverStar.
Alexandra Babbel’s pupils with bright singing futures, accompanied by Graham Vink, will delight you with free classical favourites from Purcell, Strauss and Faure July 2, 3 pm also at Peace Lutheran Church.
The 20-piece Okanagan Symphony Wind Ensemble presents an eclectic mix of the best concert band music of the last 50 years under director Dennis Colpitts July 2, 6 pm at Polson Park.
Vernon Proms also runs a Youth Music Camp this year, July 4-8. For ages five to nine, from 10 to 10:45 am, and ages 10 to 16 from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at Vernon Peace Lutheran Church, cost $30.
Buy single concert tickets and obtain more information about the rest of the festival line-up at vernonproms.ca.
Festival passes for 11 ticketed concerts are:
General – $240 ($320 value, 25% off)
Senior/Student – $199 ($265 value; 25% off)
Music Student – $50 ($265 value; 80% off)
Buy festival passes at https://www.vernonproms.ca/festival-passes/proms-2022
We hope to see you at some of these wonderful concerts!