September 16, 2014 - 12:08 PM
KELOWNA - Opera Kelowna is about to start their second season with Opera Gala 2014, a black-tie and full-gown affair at the Kelowna Art Gallery.
The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Kelowna Art Gallery, located at 1315 Water St. It's a premier concert production of Masters of Easter Europe featuring Kelowna pianist Arnold Draper, Lyrci Soprano Alexandra Kosachukova Babbel, baritone Andrew Greenwood, Cellist Martin Kratky, violinist Karen Krout and Toronto based ballet dancers Cristina Graziano and Gabriel Rizmann Sarmento from Canada's Ballet Jorgen.
As guests enter the Kelowna Art Gallery for the 6 p.m. gala dinner, they'll be escorted by costumed members of the Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society to the caviar and vodka cocktail reception before adjourning to the dinner table for a lavish banquet.
Opera Kelowna commissioned artist Charla Maarschalk to create original artwork for the show and there'll be a live auction of four themed packages, one featuring the artist's work up for bids.
Then at 8 p.m. the curtain will rise for Masters of Eastern Europe at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, located at 421 Cawston Avenue. Guests will be entertained by performances featuring great composers such as Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Scriabin and Chopin through songs, ballets, piano and strings.
An afterparty with wine, snacks and dancing will take place directly following the show.
Tickets for the gala dinner can be purchased online at www.operakelowna.com and www.selectyourtickets.com. Gala concert tickets are available at the same websites or in person at Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue and by phone at 250-717-5304.
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