The Kamloops Symphony will present the first concert of its new season on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Rhapsody in Blue will feature Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and George Gershwin’s Summertime and will showcase Kamloops soprano Rachel Casponi and guest pianist Daniel Clarke-Bouchard.
Casponi is a performer, director and educator who holds music degrees from the University of Windsor and the University of Western Ontario. She regularly performs with the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops and directs local choirs, as well as teaching for SD73 and the Kamloops Symphony School of Music.
Clarke-Bouchard is a multi-award-winning pianist from Montreal. He has performed across Canada, including with orchestras like the Montreal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He also has TV appearances under his belt, including the Ellen Degeneres Show, Canada AM and the George Stromboulopoulos show.
The concert will also pay tribute to Kamloops-born jazz clarinetist,composer and educator Phil Nimmons, who has composed more than 400 pieces of music in various genres. Nimmons recently turned 100 years old in June.
Tickets for Rhapsody in Blue start at $25, available online through the Kamloops Live box office at kamloopslive.ca.
Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 Ninth St.