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…

Concert Review: piano-cello duo electrifies

By Jim Leonard – a special review for The Vernon Morning Star The North Okanagan Community Concert Association (NOCCA) kicked off its season Thursday September 22nd with a rapturous performance by cellist Yegor Dyachkov and pianist Jean Saulnier. Saulnier began by commenting, “this is not a cello accompanied by piano concert. We are equal partners…

Yegor Dyachkov & Jean Saulnier – Thursday September 22, 2016

Yegor Dyachkov & Jean Saulnier Thursday September 22, 2016 7:30 pm BUY TICKETS Yegor Dyachkov, cello and Jean Saulnier, piano. Each artist is acclaimed as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Together, their technical brilliance, sensitivity and flair for musical connection give authentic life to their music. Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of…

Concert review: NOCCA season ends in a melding of cultures

Below is a review of the fabulous final concert of NOCCA’s 2015/16 season. Don’t forget you can now reserve your seats and subscribe to the upcoming 2016/17 season “A Grand Year to Hear” at ticketseller.ca Review published on April 29th, 2016 by  Christine Pilgrim – Vernon Morning Star There aren’t enough superlatives in English to…

Kokopelli Choir

Kokopelli & The University Of Pretoria Youth Choirs

Kokopelli & The University Of Pretoria Youth Choirs Monday April 25, 2016 7:00 pm BUY TICKETS From two countries, two choirs with over 100 youthful voices interweave, creating musical magic. Award winning Kokopelli Youth Choir from Edmonton, Alberta plus internationally acclaimed University of Pretoria Youth Choir (UPYC) from South Africa are coming to Vernon to…

Pianist Chris Donnelly and clarinetist Kornel Wolak

Concert Review: Duo is on a first-name basis with its audience

by  Christine Pilgrim – Vernon Morning Star The North Okanagan Community Concert audience was treated to an evening of unadulterated excellence by the Wolak Donnelly Duo Sunday. The two musical showmen had us eating from their hands, from Kornel Wolak’s first explosion on to the stage, with his clarinet slithering through the opening notes of…

Wolak-Donnelly Duo

Wolak-Donnelly Duo – Sunday March 20, 2016

Wolak-Donnelly Duo – Piano & Clarinet Sunday March 20, 2016 7:30 pm BUY TICKETS Armed with a clarinet, a piano and a mischievous sense of humour, Polish born Kornel Wolak and Canadian Chris Donnelly, delightfully weave jazz into the classics. Playing favourites from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, to Oscar Peterson’s Hymn…

Sergei Saratovsky

Concert Review: Steinway’s last stand

by  Christine Pilgrim – Vernon Morning Star Sunday afternoon on February 21st, 2016 saw the swan song of the North Okanagan Community Concert Association’s 1887 Steinway piano. It was grand. NOCCA president Paul Maynes announced that all the keys on the association’s virtual piano, raising funds toward the cost of the association’s replacement Steinway, had…

Sergei Saratovsky – Sunday February 21, 2016

Sergei Saratovsky – Piano Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00 pm BUY TICKETS Sergei has been here before. In 2013, when another artist became ill, he stepped in and totally wowed the audience! His enthusiastic reception was not surprising. The Russian-Canadian pianist has performed before the leaders of both his native and new lands. He is…

Audience impressed with NOYSE

Review by the Vernon Morning Star The North Okanagan Youth Showcase of Excellence (NOYSE) was “absolutely phenomenal,” according to Gillian Thompson, one of the more than 300 audience members who attended the show Sunday at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. “The range of talent took my breath away,” added audience member Marie Morris. “I loved it.…