Okanagan Symphony Orchestra opens 2022 with Romp & Repose – Kelowna News

A Calgary composer is honored at the first concert of the new year for the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

Performances of ROMP & REPOSE will be Friday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Kelowna, Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Penticton, and Sunday, January 23 at 7 p.m. in Vernon. Romp & Repose will feature three OSO musicians: Karmen Doucette, principal bassoon, Audrey Patterson, principal trumpet, and Lauris Davis, principal oboe (featuring English horn for this occasion).

Aura Pon from Calgary wrote the piece in 2011 for a friend who is both jazz saxophonist and classical bassoonist. “[this] the music showcases the lyrical voice of the bassoon, with a dash of jazz and blues idioms. Po said.

The musicians will also perform Quiet City for cor anglais, trumpet and strings by Aaron Copland, the Musical Evenings by Benjamin Britten, Trittico Botticelliano by Ottorino Respighi and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel.

Doucette, who discovered the bassoon at age 14, likes to quote Frank Zappa, who once said, “Some people crave baseball…I find it unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person can be excited about playing the bassoon.

Doucette holds an M.Mus. from Baylor University in Texas and an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary. She also completed two residencies at the Banff Center before moving to Toronto, where she honed her orchestral and chamber music skills at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been principal bassoon with the OSO since 2011.

Audience capacity restrictions remain at 50% and ticket holders must present their BC vaccination card to gain access to theatres. There is also the option to watch a live broadcast of the show.

Tickets for weekend concerts and live access (Friday show only) are available at www.okanagansymphony.com/tickets.

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