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Kamloops Symphony unveils 2022-2023 season

The KSO's 46th season will feature drag performer Thorgy Thor, local hip-hop artist K.A.S.P. and a host of other local talent
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The Kamloops Symphony has unveiled its complete upcoming season — something it hasn't been able to do for two years under the pandemic.

The KSO's 46th season will begin with the New World Festival, a multi-day festival featuring the works of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, along with some modern twists.

As part of that event, the symphony will host a pro-am jam, inviting amateur musicians to play with pros. Local hip-hop artist Paul "K.A.S.P." Sawan will also perform with the orchestra as part of the festival.

The Masterworks series will also return, featuring Dvorak's New World symphony, Brahms' German Requiem and  Beethoven's No. 9 Ode to Joy with soloists and the KSO Chorus. Three guest artists, Juno Award-winning pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, Montreal Symphony concertmaster Andrew Wan and cellist Stéphane Tétreault will also join the symphony throughout the year.

The Pops series will also return this year, featuring a presentation of Thorgy and the Thorchestra. That performance features RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars star Thorgy Thor, who rose to fame in the show's eighth season.

Also in the Pops series, Jim Witter will cover Elton John and Billy Joel in The Piano Men and Canadian singer Sarah Slean will perform songs from Joni Mitchell, as well as her own.

Christmas with the KSO, meanwhile, will feature guest conductor Tony Delgado, local harpist Naomi Cloutier and the KSO Chorus.

"After an incredibly challenging two years of progressing concert by concert amidst evolving circumstances, it means so much to us to be able to launch of full Season for our audiences," said KSO executive director Daniel Mills.

Season subscriptions will go on sale July 5, with single tickets available after Sept. 1. New this year, seats in the first three rows will be made available for the Masterworks series for $25 each. The KSOundcheck program has also returned.

For tickets and further information, go online to kamloopslive.ca.