Review: Now For Something Completely Different!

By Jim Leonard The concert began with pianist Craig Matterson; an 18 year old graduate of W.L.Seaton Secondary School. Craig offered his own version of Errol Garner’s “Misty.” It started in a meditative style and picked up the pace part way through. Matterson changed the harmony with chord substitutions and created excitement with virtuoso runs. Well done! The second…

Review: Season’s Opening Concert Delights Audience

By Jim Leonard The NOCCA season started off very well with Christopher Dlouhy playing two wonderful piano selections.(Christopher is a student of Marjorie Close. He has taken a year off from school to achieve the ARCT diploma.) The first was Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy; it was full of transparent, colourful harmonies and carefree melodies.…

Duo Rendezvous

Review: duo provides a worthwhile rendezvous

By Jim Leonard Some well-played Chopin from Vernon pianist Alex MacArthur was a good start to NOCCA’s final concert of the season Saturday at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. The piece, Scherzo in B-flat, was played brilliantly by MacArthur, who recently joined the faculty at the Vernon Community Music School. He has also played with…

Hagen & Butterfield

Concert review: tenor-pianist delight with musical medley

By Natalia Polchenko For The Morning Star If I were to write a Twitter review of Sunday’s North Okanagan Community Concert Association concert by Benjamin Butterfield and Sarah Hagen, it would go something like this: “Lyrical. Whimsical. Intimate. Multicultural. Excellent!” Thankfully, I have a little bit more space to share my impressions. There were a…

soucy and bolduc ensemble

Concert review: cool jazz at its finest

By Jim Leonard For The Morning Star The volunteers of the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s music committee must be thanked for their hard work in bringing first-class entertainment to Vernon. Saturday’s performance of the Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble was certainly up to the committee’s high standards. But if that wasn’t enough, we were treated…