By Keith Lacey
A world-renowned cellist, acclaimed Canadian children’s performer and America’s legendary purveyors of classic western music will all be performing over the next week at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver.
The South Okanagan Concert Society is proud to present Canada’s Ofra Harnoy, who has established herself as one of the world’s great cellists on concert stages across numerous continents.
She will perform tonight (Oct. 4) with the concert set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Harnoy is not only a member of the Order of Canada, but has become the first Canadian classical instrumental soloist since Glenn Gould to gain an exclusive worldwide contract with a major record label, said Leah Foreman, the recently-hired theatre manager at the Frank Venables Theatre.
Harnoy was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada at age six and has studied under some of the world’s finest classical teachers. She has given concerts on five continents and played at the request of Prince Charles, former American president Bill Clinton and three Canadian prime ministers.
She has won numerous music competitions and has performed on numerous occasions at New York’s Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s shrines of classical music.
She has also performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras and has captured five Juno Awards and numerous other musical accolades over her remarkable career.
“She played in Oliver at the old Frank Venables Theatre when she was a rising star … and we’re very excited to have her back,” said Ms. Foreman.
Charlotte Diamond is an internationally-recognized recording artist, composer and singer for children.
Born and raised in B.C., she has become one of Canada’s favourite family performers and has toured throughout North America, Central America and Europe, singing in English, French and Spanish.
She now has 14 recordings and numerous awards, including a Juno Award for her debut album 10 Carrot Diamond.
In 2016, Charlotte was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for her contribution to children’s music and education.
Her son Matt, a talented musician in his own right, was co-producer of his mother’s latest CD called Diamonds by the Sea.
Ms. Diamond will be performing all of her favourite children’s tunes, including Four Hugs a Day, I am a Pizza and Octopus (Slippery Fish), Ottie the Otter and Put the Beat in Your Feet.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 9, Western music legends Sons of the Pioneers will return to Oliver and the Venables Theatre, delivering their thrilling harmonies, iconic yodelling and poetic images of the Old West.
Their signature tunes such as Cool Water, Ghost Riders in the Sky and Tumbling Tumbleweeds are forever rooted in Western lore, said Ms. Foreman.
Sons of the Pioneers are the most decorated group in Western Music, winning honours in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Western Music Associations Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Texas Swing Hall of Fame and Hollywood Hall of Fame, to name a few.
The Smithsonian Institution has inducted the group as one of America’s “national treasures” and they have been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Roy Rogers Jr., the son of the King of Cowboys Roger Rogers, is a longtime member of Sons of the Pioneers.
Tickets for all three shows are now on sale at the Frank Venables Theatre box office.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.venablestheatre.ca.