Okanagan Symphony Orchestra releases debut album – Kelowna News

Symphony shifts into high gear

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra has always been in the music business, but now it’s officially in the music business.

The OSO released its first commercial recording on Friday. It is called Canadian Soundscapes and features three concertos by Canadian composers that have been performed by Canadian soloists over a period of more than 10 years. All of the music has Okanagan ties in one way or another.

“Canadian Soundscapes took many years to develop and involved so many people that seeing it come to fruition is like a dream come true,” OSO music director Rosemary Thomson said in a press release. “What a pleasure to celebrate our own Okanagan composers and performers as well as the extraordinary musicians of the OSO.

“I consider R. Murray Schafer’s The Falcon’s Trumpet to be a quintessentially Canadian piece and we honor Murray’s memory with this title, as he coined the term ‘soundscape.’ It is truly a pleasure to share these works and these artists in this format across the country.

Canadian Soundscapes, which is on the Centrediscs label, is available in CD format, for digital download or streaming on a variety of platforms. The official launch takes place at the OSO’s Back to Beethoven concert this Friday at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

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