September 01, 2015 - 1:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Symphony will open their season on Saturday, Sept. 26, with the first in their Kelson Group Pops series: Masters in Motion Pictures: The Music of Howard Shore and John Williams. This programme has been designed by guest conductor Mélanie Léonard, known for her innovative repertoire and youthful vibrancy.
Léonard will collaborate with the symphony to take the audience on a musical adventure with pieces such as The Ride of the Valkyries, music from The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and more.
Léonard joined Kamloops Symphony for their Beethoven Festival in 2014. She returns once again with her charming stage presence and impassioned love of music. Léonard has worked with acclaimed artists Chantel Kreviazuk, Colin James, The Tenors, Oscar Lopez and many more. She is quickly becoming known on the national music scene.
Originally from Montreal, she is now based in Calgary where she served for four years as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident conductor from 2009 to 2012 and associate conductor for their 2012/2013 season.
CPO bassoonist Michael Hope described Léonard to the Calgary Herald as bringing: “the rare combination of talent, enthusiasm, professionalism, and for the very first time, a distinct sense of style.”
Kamloops Symphony will open the doors to the public during a dress rehearsal on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. that is free to attend as part of the sixth annual Culture Days. Culture Days aims to raise participation by community members in their local arts and cultural events.
Kamloops Symphony is one of several local organizations taking part in the national event which runs Sept. 25-27, 2015.
Kamloops Symphony has 10 regular performances, five chamber music performances, and three performances in Salmon Arm this season from September to May. For more information visit www.kamloopssymphony.com.
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