Symphony Concert at the Mission

FREE SYMPHONY CONCERT

 Symphony of the Kootenays

Free Concert

Friday, June 22 – 7:00 PM

Presented at

St. Eugene Mission

Aboriginal Day Festival

Please bring your own chairs or blanket to sit on the lawn

Featuring A Mountain Themed Programme:

Burge: Rocky Mountain Overture

Croall: Stories from Coyote

Baker: The Mountains (from Through the Lions Gate)

Strauss: Farmer’s Polka, Russian March,

Pleasure Train Polka, Klipp Klapp Polka

Shostakovich: Second Waltz

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

Strauss: Radetsky March

SPONSORED BY COLUMBIA BASIN TRUST

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Symphony of the Kootenays joins Aboriginal Day Festival with Music in the Mountains – Free outdoor concert blends Ktunaxa themes with classical favourites

 The Symphony of the Kootenays wraps up its 2011-2012 season with a blockbuster free concert on Friday, June 22 as part of the Aboriginal Day Festival at the St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Steeples range, ‘Music in the Mountains’ will showcase Ktunaxa storytelling and dance, along with music that expresses the majesty, mystery and magic of mountain landscapes. The Symphony of the Kootenays is thrilled to join with the Ktunaxa Nation Council and the St. Eugene Mission to bring this unique cultural event to the community. National Aboriginal Day is an excellent occasion for Aboriginal groups to share their diverse cultural heritage. By being a part of this day, the Symphony not only gets to showcase its local talent but we become a part of increasing awareness of the cultural traditions and opportunities in this region.

The concert will open with John Burge’s ‘Rocky Mountain Overture’, a sonically vibrant overture written specifically for outdoor performance, to reverberate around a valley in the Rocky Mountains. In honor of National Aboriginal Day, the Symphony will perform Odawa composer Barbara Croall’s ‘Stories from Coyote’. A piece filled with the sounds of the mountains – bird calls, rustling wind, crackling ice – its premiere in Kamloops in 2000 met with critical acclaim, with local media reporting that “The stories were both interesting and fun, and the music fascinating.” The concert will open with John Burge’s ‘Rocky Mountain Overture’, a sonically vibrant overture written specifically for outdoor performance, to reverberate around a valley in the Rocky Mountains. Rounding out the program are Modest Mussorgsky’s popular and stunning showpiece, ‘A Night on Bald Mountain’, a collection of some of Johann Strauss’s best-loved compositions – including ‘Radetzky March’, ‘Klipp-Klapp Polka’ and others – and works by Shostakovich and Michael Conway Baker.

Music in the Mountains’ will be presented on Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino. Admission is free, there will be chairs available but patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket to spread on the lawn. For more information, please visit www.sotk.ca or www.steugene.ca.

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