ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT – KSO concert designed to calm our frazzled nerves


The Kamloops Symphony’s next performance, Solemn Contemplation, promises to be a therapeutic experience, says the symphony.

Featuring both old and new works, the music of the concert will be available on-demand as an online experience from 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 through to Sunday, Dec. 20, and will also be presented at two film screenings at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The program includes works by Canadian composers Larysa Kuzmenko and Julie Thériault, paired with a 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 musicians all over the world. The KSO will be performing her work A Prayer for Strings, which was inspired by the memory of her father.

As well as being a composer, Julie Thériault is a celebrated painter, relating colours to music and vibrations to painting. The KSO will perform four selections from her recently produced album Projections.

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. 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.

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.

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

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