Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary Chamber Music Kelowna presents two special concerts this August.

 

August 16, 2017 at Island Stage, Waterfront Park, Kelowna 6:00-9:00 FREE

The Order of Canada 150 Jazz Concert features Order of Canada recipients and Juno nominees Jens Lindemann on trumpet and Tommy Banks on the piano who will perform starting at 7:00 pm. The program from the Legacy (Live) recording will encompass a wide range of standards and styles including Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, and the jazz concerto ‘Dreaming of the Masters’.  Local saxophonist Craig Thomson and his Quartet with jazz vocalist Kinga Heming open the show at 6:00 pm.

 

August 17, 2017 at the Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna 7:30 pm

The Classical Trumpet and Piano Concert features Jens Lindemann and Jennifer Snow on piano. Works will include Legend by Georges Enesco, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 1 by Alan Gilliland and other works by Gershwin and Piazzolla.  Single tickets are now on sale for this concert and available through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304 or rotarycentreforthearts.com.

 

About the Artists

Craig Thomson is an award-winning saxophonist and educator based in West Kelowna. He is an in-demand performer and session musician whose 2012 solo debut CD of all-original compositions entitled Bright Beginnings, garnered much acclaim and is a staple on CBC radio.

 

Vocalist, Kinga Heming studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto.  She has shared the stage and toured throughout Canada with prominent performers. Last year Heming signed with Arena Music Promotion to release her album, Guess Who I Saw Today.

 

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann has been described as part ballet dancer, part gymnast, and part magician.     He is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history.  Lindemann received the Order of Canada in 2014 and was named International Brass Personality of the Year in 2006 by the Brass Herald. Classically trained at the Juilliard School in New York, Lindemann’s proven ability to perform as a diverse artist places him at the front of a new generation of musicians.

 

Since his 1950 professional debut, Tommy Banks has accomplished much: he is the recipient of the Juno Award, the Gemini Award, the Order of Canada and several ARIA Awards. Banks has conducted symphony orchestras, has provided musical direction for the ceremonies of EXPO ’86, and the XV Olympic Winter Games and for countless television shows. 

 

In addition to her deep commitment to education, Jennifer Snow is a versatile performer.  She has recorded with Marquis and Phoenix Records performed on CBC and NPR nationally, and has played for key Canadian festivals including the Banff Centre, Ottawa Chamber Music and Stratford Festivals. 

 

Chamber Music Kelowna would like to thank the City of Kelowna, the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Community Foundations of Canada, Festivals Kelowna and the Rotary Centre for the Arts for their support of these special Canada 150 concerts.