stay different. stay real.

Kamloops Symphony presents Russian Magic

Maxim Bernard head shot

Maxim Bernard

Visiting Kamloops BC? Live there? It’s that time again when the symphony begins another wonderful concert series. They’ve sent us the notice below regarding a very special concert they are thrilled to be producing. We encourage everyone to check it out!

 Courtesy The Kamloops Symphony:

Here we go! The much-anticipated 2013-2014 concert season is about to begin!

On Saturday, September 28th, the Kamloops Symphony, conductor Bruce Dunn, and piano soloist Maxim Bernard take to the stage at Sagebrush Theatre to thrill you with a full program exploring the depth, heart and soul of Russian Romantic music.

You will hear the haunting introduction to Mussorgsky’s unfinished opera, Khovantchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical depiction of enchanting tales of treachery and love, cheherazade, and the passionate melancholy of the world’s most beloved piano concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2.

Canadian pianist Maxim Bernard has already established himself as one of today’s most promising young artists.
Qualities that have been praised by critics include his commendable technique, surprising maturity, boundless
imagination, and rare musical sensitivity.

He earned his Masters and Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, where he also taught for five years. Previously, he studied with pianists André Laplante and Marc Durand at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

His career was launched in 2006 after winning the prestigious International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition which features the most talented young musicians in Canada. Visit for more information including audio/video of performances.

In addition to the ticketed evening performance, the Kamloops Symphony is participating in Canada’s Culture Days by offering free public access to our rehearsal on Saturday, September 28th at 1:00 pm in Sagebrush Theatre. Come and see the orchestra and soloist at work. Doors open at 12:30 pm and everyone is welcome.

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups host free public activities that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.

This fall marks the introduction of free pre-concert chats with host Ray Chatelin. With 25 years as the Vancouver Province’s music critic, 5 years as a JUNO award classical music judge and his writing on cultural travel for a variety of magazines and websites, Ray’s presentations are guaranteed to entertain and enlighten. On Saturday, September 28th, join Ray before the performance at 6:45 pm in Sagebrush Theatre for a discussion about music’s place in your life, what influences your enjoyment of music, musical language and how to get the most enjoyment from a listening experience. Expect lots of laughs and plenty of opportunity to participate in the discussion.

Season subscriptions remain on sale until September 27th with savings of up to 15%. Single tickets for all performances are on sale now. More program and ticket information is available on the website

Title: Russian Magic

Soloist: Maxim Bernard, Piano

Venue: Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 Ninth Avenue, Kamloops, BC

Date/Time: Free Open Dress Rehearsal – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 1:00 pm

Free Pre-Concert Chat with Ray Chatelin – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 6:45 pm

Performance – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 7:30 pm

Program: Mussorgsky Khovantchina

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade


Tickets: Kamloops Live! Box Office 250-374-5483, toll free 1-866-374-5483 or at the door.

Contact: Kathy Humphreys, General Manager, Kamloops Symphony

Phone: 250-372-5000 Email: [email protected]