Concert review: There is magic in Kamloops Symphony Orchestra's Sounds in Sand

The latest KSO performance can be viewed online through April 11.

Beyond the magic of how music speaks to us is the magic of artistic collaboration.

Two fine examples of this are in the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra’s current online performance, Sounds in Sand, which can be viewed through April 11.

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They demonstrate once again the drive of artists to find new ways to connect with audiences.

We are nicely set up for these by Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes for six instruments. It was written in 1919, soon after Prokofiev’s escape from the Russian Revolution. The sounds are well balanced as the tempo alternates between dancing and saying farewells. Sally Arai on clarinet and Martin Kratky on cello introduce the two themes.

Now, the meat of the concert. Be prepared to be bombarded with images. There are three screens to distract one from the sound, which, after all, is what it is all about. There are the flying hands and delicate fingers of the sand artists in the top right, close-ups of the KSO on the left and a full stage view on the bottom.

Fortunately, the audience is well prepared via remarks from Iman Habibi, speaking from Toronto about his work Radiant Light and, later, words from the sand artists Marina and Eva Sosnina, speaking in Russian (translation on screen) from St. Petersburg.

Originality is a key ingredient in Habibi’s Radiant Light. It is a very different concept in composition, resulting in a unique score for every performance. The resulting sounds are captivating.

Sand painting comes into its own with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. A soundtrack plays while a beautifully crafted artist leads us through an exhibition of his works. It is music inspired by art, which inspires more art — and then is given to us. Magic, indeed.

Tickets are available online at kamloopslive.ca. The full concert program can be accessed once you receive the personal link. The link is below the video screen. There are several ways to cast from a phone, computer or tablet to the TV — including directly with an HDMI cable or using a program such as Chromecast.

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