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BANNOCK, JAM, FIDDLE & JIG FUNDRAISER


Sept 29 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | The Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel St, Kelowna, BC | Metis Community Services Society of BC Fundraiser For Children and family programs Proudly Presents: BANNOCK, JAM, FIDDLE & JIG FUNDRAISER Performances by: Syilx tribal fusion artist/musician, Elder & Entertainer Winston Wuttunee, King of the Fiddle, Vic Ukrainetz, Jigging Extraordinaire, Madelaine McCallum & 2017 1st place award winning jigging troupe Li MIchif Buffalo Gals.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Kelowna


The Grammy and Juno award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will open our 58th season with blockbuster performances of Rossini's William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. We are thrilled to present the VSO with Maestro Bramwell Tovey as the embark on a tour on the BC Interior in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Tovey's new composition Ancestral Voices will show off the talents of Kwagiuth and Sto;lo Mezzo-Soprano, Marion Newman. Don't miss this opportnity to hear the VSO in our own backyard.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Penticton


The Grammy and Juno award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will open our 58th season with blockbuster performances of Rossini's William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. We are thrilled to present the VSO with Maestro Bramwell Tovey as the embark on a tour on the BC Interior in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Tovey's new composition Ancestral Voices will show off the talents of Kwagiuth and Sto;lo Mezzo-Soprano, Marion Newman. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the VSO in our own backyard.

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OK Sun V Langley Rams


At the Apple Bowl, Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 at 1pm

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The Ultimate Comedy Show: Roman Danylo


Oct 6, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC A variety show consisting of stand-up and improv comedy, featuring some of the best acts in the world… and the most currently available. It’s more than a show, it’s a euphoric interactive entertainment experience. Once you’ve watched this show, you’ll never need to watch comedy again. If this show isn’t the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen, then you've watched it incorrectly. Many types of comedy on a wide range of topics, this show has a little something for everyone; after all, it is “THE ULTIMATE COMEDY SHOW!” This show will change your life…. life change not guaranteed. Please note the Creekside Theatre is under renovations due to a flood. if the theatre is not ready in time the show will go on in an alternate event space.

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Cabaret


October 11 - 29, 2017 The scene is the Kit Kat Club, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920’s are drawing to a close. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,“ “Willkommen“ and “Maybe This Time.“ Leave your troubles outside — life is beautiful at the CABARET, the Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. The musical the New York Post calls ”one for the ages.”

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Day Trippers: A Beatles Tribute


October 13th, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC The Day Trippers are a Vancouver based Beatles tribute band that transport you back to the touring days of the early 1960s. The band embodies the exuberance of the early 1960’s spirit that the Beatles brought to the stage. Inspired by the mod culture and a love of blues and pop music, The Day Trippers deliver the incredible music of The Beatles at their energetic peak

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John McDermott... RAISED on SONGS and STORIES


Presented at Creekside Theatre Oct 16 at 7:30pm | John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career - platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations - he is also known for his commitment to veterans’ causes - the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honour Society's Bob Hope Award, the Ted Williams Globe & Anchor Award from the USMC and, here at home, a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for this ongoing work, which includes his foundation McDermott House Canada, dedicated to improving care in the final stages of terminal illness and providing a warm, welcoming place to stay for Canada’s veterans, military, first responders and their families. In concert, whether he is sharing the stage with a topnotch group of musical friends or touring the world as part of the famed Three Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to enchant audiences with his beautiful voice and sensitive renditions. Though time and travel have introduced him to a wealth of new material and experiences, he manages to incorporate that diversity into his performances, while retaining the beguiling sense of humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning. This tour features songs from his latest release, Raised on Songs and Stories, and a variety of favourites from his vast recording catalogue. A delectable evening of story and song, delivered with charm and grace by the consummate craftsman himself, John McDermott.

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Rock The Block 2017


Featuring the Okanagan's best local bands: Icelandia, Static Says, and Reason to Wake

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Symphony Storytime - Tortoise and the Hare (Brass)


Oct 21 | 10am and 11:30am | First United Church, Kelowna BC |An Interactive, Musical Preschool “Cushion Concert” presented by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Orff specialist, Joe Berarducci. This particular concert will focus on the Brass Section

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Jazz Cafe Presents a Big Band Birthday Bash


Its Anna Jacyszyn’s Birthday and she’s the girl that wants to have fun so lets have a dance party! Fox Trot, Tango, Waltz, Disco and Swing - The rhythm is gonna getcha - Thanks to the Stephen Buck Band

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MILF LIFE CRISIS by Anne Marie Scheffler


October 21, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC Your whole life, you just wanted to get married and have babies. It took a bit of time to get there, but you got there. But your perfect life has fallen apart. Now you have your beautiful children and a parenting schedule with the ex. Did you really just land back on the dating market? Do you really need to go through first dates and bad judgement all over again? Do you have to get on Tinder and Plenty of Fish? Is this a tragedy or a wonderful new beginning? Are you really supposed to get back together with your high school boyfriend? Are you ever going to love again?

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Halloween Spooktacular


October 28 Kelowna @ 7:30pm October 29 Vernon @ 7:00 pm Guest Artists: Christopher Gaze OSO Chorus

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The Contenders


Ken Smedley presents THE CONTENDERS - Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy on their 16th Annual Tour of the Okanagan Interior with Special Guests Blu & Kelly Hopkins Over the past 16 years of touring and recording together THE CONTENDERS have delighted audiences across Canada with their distinct Western/Roots/Folk style of music that champions vanishing values and the frontier spirit. As Canadian as they come they are Juno Award winners, Country Music Hall of Famers and recipients of The Order of Canada all rolled into one unique brand of character, humour, authenticity and sincerity. An evening with THE CONTENDERS will lift your spirit, touch your soul and leave you grinnin' from ear to ear - guaranteed! Get your tickets early to this evening of laughter and songs to fill your hearts - with The Boys of Rhythm - THE CONTENDERS! Special Guests Blu and Kelly Hopkins, on the 16th Annual Contenders Tour, are an award winning, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist duo. Focusing on original material, their extensive repertoire lets them blend traditional and contemporary tunes in to their show with a dash of humor to achieve an entertaining, exciting, yet mellow brew of good times, good tunes!

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Acts of Remembrance


Friday Nov 10 and Saturday Now 11 | 7:30pm | Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC | Ballet Kelowna’s Acts of Remembrance mixed program features two world premieres by choreographers Simone Orlando and Wen Wei Wang and one company premiere: L’Ètiquette by Joe Laughlin.

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Vishtèn


November 17, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC For over a decade, the Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. The Canadian trio has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences.

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Bus Trip - Jersey Boys


November 18-19, 2017 | Join us in Vancouver to experience the true story and energetic music of The Jersey Boys! This overnight trip includes round trip transportation from all over the valley, 4 star accommodation, a buffet breakfast and of course - Orchestra Seating to one of the Hottest Shows In Town! Jersey Boys will have you dancing in your seats and will be a show you remember for ages to come.

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The Chris Buck Band


November 23rd, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC Chris Buck is a singer, songwriter for the Vancouver-based Chris Buck Band. His club country roots sound has made them the brightest new stars on the Canadian country music scene.

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The French Connection- Kelowna


This concert celebrates the lush and visceral music of the French romantics before the impressionists came on the scene. Berlioz uses two sets of timpani to drench the Royal hunting party in a ferocious storm. Lalo imprints the influence of his Spanish heritage onto a Germanic structure in this symphonic concerto which will show off Timothy Chooi's fiery technique. Saint-Saens added the organ, the king of instruments to elevate the impact of his Symphony No.3. This is symphony music of power and panache.

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The French Connection- Penticton


This concert celebrates the lush and visceral music of the French romantics before the impressionists came on the scene. Berlioz uses two sets of timpani to drench the Royal hunting party in a ferocious storm. Lalo imprints the influence of his Spanish heritage onto a Germanic structure in this symphonic concerto which will show off Timothy Chooi's fiery technique. Saint-Saens added the organ, the king of instruments to elevate the impact of his Symphony No.3. This is symphony music of power and panache.

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Train Wreck Comedy: Wes Barker


November 25th, 2017 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC Wes's show features amazing magic tricks, crazy stunts, crowd interaction, and comedy from start to finish. Barker tours his show across the country selling out theatres, filling college auditoriums, and entertaining corporate events.

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White Christmas


November 29 - December 17, 2017 Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

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Christmas Oratorio


December 2 | 7:30pm | Willowstone Academy 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna | Okanagan Festival Singers Present Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach This is well-loved oratorio was composed by J.S. Bach for performance by choir, soloists and orchestra on Christmas 1734. The beautiful text is based on the Nativity according to St. Luke and St. Matthew. This Christmas let your spirit be lifted by the forty voices of the Okanagan Festival Singers, selected soloists and a splendid orchestral performance by the Okanagan Festival Camerata, featuring magnificent virtuoso trumpet playing. This music embraces the customary mixture of parts, with rousing choruses, richly harmonized Lutheran chorales, florid arias and declamatory recitatives. An evening not to be missed!

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The Nutcracker 2017


*INDIVIDUAL SEATS ON SALE NOV 1* Dec 8-10 | 2:00pm & 7:30pm | Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC | Presented by The Canadian School of Ballet, and featuring the gorgeous artistry of Ballet Kelowna’s company of dancers, this magical adventure will captivate audiences of all ages transporting them on an unforgettable journey with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Paul Moore: Christmas Favorites


Friday, Dec 15 | 7:00pm | St Michael's Church, Kelowna BC | Join Tenor, Paul Moore and Pianist Graham Vink. Paul will delight audiences with his Christmas Favorites. This holiday tradition is becoming a treasured family event and promises to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

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Ringing In The Season! - Kelowna


Back by popular demand, the OSO is joined on stage by British Columbia's most elite hand bell ringers for an evening of sparkling music to ring in the holiday season. The Okanagan's own Anthony Lau is also featured on classical harmonica with a beauty of tone that blends magically with the orchestra. With wonderful arrangements of well loved carols this will be a festive even9ing for the whole family.

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Ringing In The Season! - Penticton


Back by popular demand, the OSO is joined on stage by British Columbia's most elite hand bell ringers for an evening of sparkling music to ring in the holiday season. The Okanagan's own Anthony Lau is also featured on classical harmonica with a beauty of tone that blends magically with the orchestra. With wonderful arrangements of well loved carols this will be a festive even9ing for the whole family.

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Viennese Delights - Kelowna


We welcome back singers from Nancy Hermiston's acclaimed UBC Opera Ensemble for a new year's tradition of Viennese delights. The charming melodies of Lehar's whimsical Merry Widow and Strauss' hilarious Die Fledermaus make them favourites of the operetta stage. No Viennese evening would be complete without gorgeous waltzes performed with dancers from City Dance Studio. Come in your favourite ball gown for a magical evening of song and dance.

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Winter Blues Fest 2018


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Viennese Delights - Penticton


We welcome back singers from Nancy Hermiston's acclaimed UBC Opera Ensemble for a new year's tradition of Viennese delights. The charming melodies of Lehar's whimsical Merry Widow and Strauss' hilarious Die Fledermaus make them favourites of the operetta stage. No Viennese evening would be complete without gorgeous waltzes performed with dancers from City Dance Studio. Come in your favourite ball gown for a magical evening of song and dance.

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Elles - Extraordinary Dance Created by Women


Friday, February 2, 2018 | 7:30pm | Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC | Ballet Kelowna devotes this mixed program of dance to four talented female choreographers. With world premieres by celebrated Canadian choreographers Gioconda Barbuto and Alysa Pires, plus Folie à Cinq by Heather Myers and Glas by Gabrielle Lamb, this program promises to deliver the very best of contemporary ballet from the perspective of women.

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Sister Act


February 7 - 25, 2018 Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film. Sing Hallelujah for this new, ridiculously fun, feel-good musical that will have you jumping to your feet! Delores Van Cartier, a ‘wanna be’ Las Vegas diva’s life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in – where else – a convent! Under the suspicious and watchful eye of Mother Superior, Delores wins the sisters’ hearts, and helps them find their voices as she unexpectedly discovers her own. Can we get an AMEN!

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Viva l'Italia - Kelowna


From the baroque concerto to the great tradition of opera, Italian is the international language of music. We present Italy's many influences on the orchestra from the delicate baroque concerto to the passionate romantic opera overture. The OSYO joins us for our annual Side by Side to bring Respighi's Pines of Rome to life on a very grand scale.

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Viva l'Italia - Penticton


From the baroque concerto to the great tradition of opera, Italian is the international language of music. We present Italy's many influences on the orchestra from the delicate baroque concerto to the passionate romantic opera overture. The OSYO joins us for our annual Side by Side to bring Respighi's Pines of Rome to life on a very grand scale.

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Symphony Storytime - Poko and Pinky (Winds)


March 3 | 10am and 11:30am | First United Church, Kelowna BC |An Interactive, Musical Preschool “Cushion Concert” presented by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Orff specialist, Joe Berarducci. This particular concert will focus on the WINDS section.

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Prodigy - Kelowna


In 2013 at the tender age of eight, pianist Kevin Chen was named to the top 30 Classical musicians under 30 list. Fast forward four years and this twlve year old prodigy is poised to take the world by storm. We honour Kevin's request to perform Mozart's Concerto No. 20 and pair it with Stravinsky's youthful Pulcinella Suite from his neoclassical style. Come and experience Kevin and know that in future years you can boast that you heard him when.

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Prodigy - Penticton


In 2013 at the tender age of eight, pianist Kevin Chen was named to the top 30 Classical musicians under 30 list. Fast forward four years and this twlve year old prodigy is poised to take the world by storm. We honour Kevin's request to perform Mozart's Concerto No. 20 and pair it with Stravinsky's youthful Pulcinella Suite from his neoclassical style. Come and experience Kevin and know that in future years you can boast that you heard him when.

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OSO - Peter and the Wolf (Kelowna)


The classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf is brought to life in collaboration with Bumbershoot Theatre as we celebrate their 10th anniversary season. Recommended for ages 4 through 12, this adaptation of Prokofiev’s well loved score brings Peter, the wolf and all of the other characters to life with additional songs orchestrated specially for the OSO by Rosemary Thomson. Directed by Tracey Ross of Bumbershoot Theatre, this show will delight the whole family.

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OSO - Peter and the Wolf (Penticton)


The classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf is brought to life in collaboration with Bumbershoot Theatre as we celebrate their 10th anniversary season. Recommended for ages 4 through 12, this adaptation of Prokofiev’s well loved score brings Peter, the wolf and all of the other characters to life with additional songs orchestrated specially for the OSO by Rosemary Thomson. Directed by Tracey Ross of Bumbershoot Theatre, this show will delight the whole family.

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OSO Special - Sarah Slean!


Described as one of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer, Singer/Songwriter Sarah Slean leaves audiences spellbound with her captivating voice and arresting presence on stage. She is a singular artist whose performances and albums have been recognized with Gemini and JUNO Award nominations. In addition to recording and performing internationally, Sarah is also an accomplished orchestrator, poet and visual artist. In this unique performance with the OSO Sarah Slean will perform her own music with exciting arrangements for symphony orchestra. Also in the mix will be music that has inspired her creativity from the classical genre to the hits of Broadway. This will be an eclectic and electric evening of music with one of Canada's most celebrated performers and the OSO.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame


April 11-29, 2018 | This classic musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel and inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told! This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It’s the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). The musical showcases the film’s Oscar®-nominated score and introduces stunning new songs. Be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

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Tami Nelson


April 13 | 7:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC | With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” – Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio

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Robinson Crusoe


Sunday, April 15 | 2:30pm | Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC | An English sailor, shipwrecked on a remote island, works against all odds to survive alone for 25 years. Until one day, he rescues a stranger from brutal savages and the two develop a remarkable friendship. Adapted from the classic novel by Daniel Defoe, this imaginative retelling emphasizes communication, embracing cultural differences and empathy. Set sail with Robinson and Friday on an adventure full of comedic miscommunication, history and heart!

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A Streetcar Named Desire (The Ballet)


Tuesday May 1 & Wednesday May 2, 2018 | 7:30pm | Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC | In celebration of Ballet Kelowna’s 15th anniversary season, the Company presents its first full-length ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire, by renowned Canadian choreographer John Alleyne. Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Alleyne’s Streetcar combines compelling dance with superb acting, lavish costumes, and an original jazz score by BC-based composer Tobin Stokes.

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Triomphe - Kelowna


Beethoven's epic Triple Concerto will sparkle in the hands of Canada's Gryphon Trio. 2017/2018 marks this renowned trio's 25th Anniversary and we are so pleased to celebrate with them. Dvorak's glorious 7th Symphny is often considered to be his symphonic triumph eclipsing event The New World.We bring these two great giants of the orchestral repertoire to life in a fitting close to a triumphant season.

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Symphony Storytime - Poko and Pinky (Percussion


May 12 | 10am and 11:30am | First United Church, Kelowna BC |An Interactive, Musical Preschool “Cushion Concert” presented by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Orff specialist, Joe Berarducci. This particular concert will focus on the PERCUSSION section.

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Triomphe - Penticton


Beethoven's epic Triple Concerto will sparkle in the hands of Canada's Gryphon Trio. 2017/2018 marks this renowned trio's 25th Anniversary and we are so pleased to celebrate with them. Dvorak's glorious 7th Symphny is often considered to be his symphonic triumph eclipsing event The New World.We bring these two great giants of the orchestral repertoire to life in a fitting close to a triumphant season.

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Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins


May 30 - June 16 Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but rarely on-key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.” Now a movie starring Meryl Streep, this charming and hilarious musical comedy reminds us that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

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Love Letters


July 4 - 21, 2018 An enduring romance about first loves and second chances. The story is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

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Mamma Mia


August 2 - 11, 2018 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. | ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a teen's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

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