Special Guest Kevin Lavigne joins Okanagan Symphony Orchestra holiday show

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will perform Comfort & Joy, a musical celebration of the festive season, December 16, 17 & 18. Joining the orchestra is special guests tenor Ken Lavigne and the Okanagan Children’s Choir.

“Music is such an important part of celebrating the holidays, and has been for centuries,” says OSO Music Director Rosemary Thomson. “Adding voices to orchestra is the ultimate way to sing in the season and I’m thrilled that BC’s own Ken Lavigne will join the Okanagan Children’s Choir and the OSO for our concert at this magical time of year.”

The consummate entertainer, Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. A frequent collaborator with David Foster and a founding member of The Canadian Tenors, Ken was recognized early for the outstanding timbre of his lyric tenor voice as well as the ease and agility with which he sings.

“Ken has a gorgeous voice and charming stage presence, and I am so excited to share the stage with him. We have crafted a concert that will absolutely bring us all comfort and joy,” adds Rosemary.

“I love so many things about the holiday season, the eggnog, the lights but I especially love the music and all the memories that come from this time of year. I am so excited to perform with the OSO and the Okanagan Children’s Choir,” enthuses Ken. OSO timpanist Dominique Bernath worked with Ken in his days with the Canadian Tenors. “He is 100% charm with a silky, smooth voice. Not to be missed,” she says.

In an area rich with musical talent and opportunities, the Okanagan Children’s Choir (Frances Chiasson, Artistic Director) stands out. This is their fourth appearance with the OSO.

Selections on the Comfort & Joy program range from the sacred and serene, to the fun-filled and joyful. With the joint forces of the Orchestra, Ken Lavigne and the Children’s Choir (performing separately and together), you will be immersed in the seasonal music you love: songs of the angels and of a quiet Christmas night, traditional audience sing-along carols, and upbeat holiday favourites like “Let It Snow,” “Blue Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” We will also present newer arrangements including tunes from your favourite animated Christmas stories, and uplifting arrangements by David Foster. Expect the unexpected!

Bring the whole family — this concert is guaranteed to put all in the holiday spirit. Please note that Sunday’s performance in Vernon is a 2 pm matinee. Tickets for Kelowna and Penticton are available through the KCT Box Office at 250-469-8940; for Vernon, contact Ticketseller at 250-549-7469.

Friday, Dec 16
7:30 pm
Kelowna Community Theatre

Saturday, Dec 17
7:30 pm
Cleland Community Theatre

Sunday, Dec 18
2:00 pm
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre