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Chamber music trio to perform Songs of Love and Hope in Nelson

Nicola Everton, Noémi Kiss and pianist Patricia Tao will perform music for clarinet, voice and piano
Clarinetist Nicola Everton will perform with singer Noémi Kiss and pianist Patricia Tao in Nelson on Nov. 24. Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Selkirk Pro-Musica

Selkirk Pro-Musica is proud to present its second concert of the 2023-24 season with Songs of Love and Hope on Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church. Tickets are available at Otter Books in Nelson, or at the door if not sold out.

Clarinetist Nicola Everton, soprano Noémi Kiss and pianist Patricia Tao come together to celebrate some of the finest music written for this unique combination of clarinet, voice and piano.

The program will consist of a beautiful selection of pieces by Italian, English, German, French and Spanish composers, along with selections from Schubert, Meyerbeer, Salazar and Liszt.

“The poetry of the songs focus on the universal themes of love, nature, searching for peace and belonging, and the forever amusing topics of love and innocence, ethereal beauty and earthly passion,” says Kiss.

Clarinetist Nicola Everton was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years and now makes her home in the Kootenays. She studied at the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Currently, she is the principal clarinet of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Klezmeridian Ensemble and Trio Con Brio.

Noémi Kiss was born in Hungary and studied at the Liszt Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her early career was in Europe, where she performed early music and opera, taught masterclasses, and made a number of recordings on major labels. Noémi moved to Canada in 2009 and remains active, performing with orchestras and a variety of ensembles.

Patricia Tao recently moved to Kelowna from Edmonton. Following studies at Harvard, Indiana and Stony Brook universities, she performed chamber music throughout the U.S. and Europe and released three critically acclaimed recordings. She has given masterclasses in North America, Europe and Asia. She taught at the University of Alberta for 20 years and is Professor Emerita.

The Selkirk Concert Society gratefully acknowledges generous grants from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Resident Directed Grants program and the City of Nelson that has made this concert possible, as well as a grant from the Osprey Community Foundation in support of the society’s Youth Engagement Program.