KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Kamloops Symphony’s next performance, Solemn Contemplation, will be a therapeutic experience; something we can all benefit from right now. Featuring both old and new works the music of this concert will soothe the soul and take the listener on an introspective journey. Solemn Contemplation will be available on-demand as an online experience from 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 21 through to Sunday, December 20, and will also be presented at two film screenings at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, November 29.
The program includes calming works by Canadian composers Larysa Kuzmenko and Julie Thériault, paired with an evocative and thought-provoking work by Baroque Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Larysa Kuzmenko is a Toronto-based Juno nominated composer and pianist whose music has been commissioned, performed, broadcast, and recorded by outstanding musicians all over the world. Her music has been called “as charming and colourful as any film score by Danny Elfman or John Williams.” The KSO will be performing her work A Prayer for Strings, which has a lyrical, song-like expressive melody and was inspired by the memory of her father.
Along with being an accomplished pianist and composer Julie Thériault is also a celebrated painter, relating colours to music and vibrations to painting. The KSO will be performing four selections from her recently produced album Projections, which possesses a fragile finesse with moments of hypnotizing introspection.
Concluding the concert is Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Pergolesi was one of the most important early composers of comic opera (opera buffa) and was also known for his sacred music. Tragically, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 26 shortly after completing this piece. The Stabat Mater is a musical setting of a 13th-century hymn to the Virgin Mary, with the title coming from the first line “Stabat Mater dolorosa” or “the sorrowful mother was standing.” It is one of Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred works, with the opening section having been described as “the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer.”
KSO music director Dina Gilbert says of the program, “In some of the most troubling times, we can also find light. With this next concert experience, I really wanted to contrast our first two projects of the year and give our audiences a moment for introspection, through some truly beautiful and sublime music. The purity and beauty of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, written while he was suffering from tuberculosis at the age of 26, will resonate with today’s audiences. In addition, two pieces by living female Canadian composers will round out the program adding an aura of simplicity and serenity.”
Joining the orchestra to perform the Stabat Mater are soprano Sinéad White, and countertenor Shane Hanson. Irish-born soprano Sinéad White is an active performer across North America, regularly singing in Toronto with ensembles such as Tafelmusic Orchestra & Chamber Choir, Theatre of Early Music, and Opera Atelier. Shane Hanson has established himself as an in-demand countertenor, receiving great praise for his performances in the Vancouver area and throughout the province. He has performed with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Okanagan Symphony, UBC Opera, Vancouver Symphony, Early Music Vancouver, and the Chilliwack Symphony.
Tickets for the online experience are $15 for an Individual or $25 for a Household Pass. A special COVID price of $5 is also available. Tickets for the showings in Paramount are $20. All tickets will go on sale starting Friday, November 6, and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.