The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra is ready to welcome back an in-person audience at the Sagebrush Theatre in its first two concerts of the 2021-2022 season.
It will be the first time the orchestra has had an audience in that space since March 2020. For the past year, the KSO has produced mainly digital content.
"The musicians of the orchestra and I are eager to share with our audience these moving and captivating works where high artistry will bring electricity to the stage," said KSO music director Dina Gilbert.
Up first will be the aptly named Out of the Silence, which will be performed on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.
Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, and 1 p.m. on Sept. 26. The 7:30 p.m. performance on Sept. 25 will also be live streamed, with the recording available on-demand until Oct. 24.
Out of the Silence will feature Salmon Arm pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko and KSO principal trumpet player Mark D'Angelo, who will perform Concerto for Piano and Trumpet by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The KSO's second concert, Windscapes, will take place on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. The first performance will be live-streamed and available on-demand until Nov. 21.
Windscapes will feature the orchestras wind instrument players for a "unique symphonic concert" almost entirely without strings, the KSO says.
Under the current health guidelines, the audience will be limited to 50 people — though that may change before the concert dates. What is less likely to change, however, is the requirement of proof-of-vaccination. In-person audience members will need to provide ID and proof they have received at least one dose after Sept. 13 and at least two doses after Oct. 24.
KSO executive director Daniel Mills said he was hoping audiences could be larger for KSO's return to live audiences, but that "it is more important for us to be producing art for the community, in any way that we can."
Tickets for Out of the Silence are $40 for in-person viewing and $15 for online viewing and are available at the Kamloops Live box office, online at kamloopslive.ca.
For Windscapes, tickets will be available later in the fall.