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…

Duo Rendezvous

Duo Rendezvous – Saturday March 18, 2017

Duo Rendezvous Saturday March 18, 2017 7:30 pm BUY TICKETS Duo Rendezvous—violinist Jasper Wood and guitarist Daniel Bolshoy join forces in a perfect synergy of intimate and virtuosic performance, gifting us with a presentation of humour and passionate musicianship. This duo was formed as a response to great demand for a refreshing and passionate chamber…

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…

Pianist Sarah Hagen & Tenor Benjamin Butterfield

Benjamin Butterfield & Sarah Hagen – Sunday Feb 26, 2017

Benjamin Butterfield & Sarah Hagen Sunday February 26, 2017 2:00 pm BUY TICKETS Tenor Benjamin Butterfield and pianist Sarah Hagen unite in a magical offering from the voice and piano repertoire, giving a musical expression of artistry and human emotion. Praised by The New York Times as “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is known for…

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…

remi buldoc jazz ensemble tribute to brubeck

Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble – Saturday Jan 28, 2017

Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble Saturday January 28, 2017 7:30 pm BUY TICKETS Dave Brubeck Quartet fans take note – we are in for a treat with this Remi Bolduc Ensemble tribute to Brubeck, including the great classics “Take Five”, “Three To Get Ready” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”. The jazz ensemble features Rémi Bolduc,…

ian parker and jaeden izik-dzurko

Concert Review: Piano makes a stunning debut

By Jim Leonard – a special review for The Vernon Morning Star Brilliant pianist Ian Parker delighted the audience as he performed on the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s new Hamburg Steinway piano Saturday, Oct. 29th at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. The soloist for the evening, Ian Parker, was also a charming host, sharing…

Pianist Ian Parker

Ian Parker, piano – Saturday October 29, 2016

Ian Parker Saturday October 29, 2016 7:30 pm BUY TICKETS Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The…