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Concert review: KSO's Evocative Eloquence full of great endings

Next up is the KSO’s Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.

There is mantra in performance that states that whatever happens after you start, be sure to end well.

And the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra did end well five times in this past Saturday’s Evocative Eloquence concert.

Some endings were crisp, some were mesmerizing and all were flawless. It was a program of music that plumbed the depths of the mind, the soul and the heart.

The eloquent compositions, all from the early 20th century, were written by Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy and Ina Boyle.

Flutist Jeff Peltier, a longtime member of the medieval music group Winter Harp, did total justice to the magical and mysterious solos in Debussy’s Prelude a l’Apre Midi d’un Faune. It was beautiful at the beginning and at the end.

The audience was treated twice to the brilliance of soloist Andrew Wan. Moving like the inflatable tube guy flying over a used car lot, music appeared to flow through Wan’s body and straight into his violin.

His ending of the Boyle’s concerto was a true delight to music lovers.

To warm the audience to the evocative works, beloved conductor Dina Gilbert sat on the podium and shared her personal thoughts on the music of Philip Glass and Sammy Moussa.

Glass, no less than Debussy, has changed the direction of musical expression. His three movement, Concerto Grosso, exemplifies his ability to constantly stimulate the ear, yet still develop a satisfying experience.

The first movement pulsated energetically, the slower second insisted seriously, while the third seemed to be saying, “We did it.” All of us can work and play together.

Next up is the KSO’s Christmas Concert on Saturday Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.

The concerts will feature guest conductor Antonio Delgado, harp soloist Naomi Cloutier and chorus master Tomas Bijok and the KSO Chorus.

Included in the program will be Benjamin Britten (A Ceremony of Carols), Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (Excerpts from The Nutcracker) and George Frideric Handel (Excerpts from The Messiah).

Soon to be announced are details on 150 tickets being donated to non-profit agencies.