By Marion Boyd
The always popular Joe Trio, known as the “Court Jesters of the Classical” will be returning to Oliver on Friday, March 9th for a 7:30 pm concert. This is the last of this season’s performances presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society and will bring some totally engaging musical merriment to the Venables stage. The Trio with its violin-cello-piano virtuosity, combines the wit, charm and talent of three musicians who together collaborated just a few years ago with the late CBC storyteller Stuart McLean on fun filled tours with the Vinyl Cafe.
Pianist Cameron Wilson’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles across North America. In addition to Joe Trio, he plays in a gypsy jazz quarter, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, a Francophone inspired trio called Pastiche and the Mariachi Del Sol and Tambura Rasa.
Cellist Charles Inkman’s career has included playing backup for visiting artists such as John Denver and Brian Wilson in addition to playing with a symphony orchestra and teaching on the faculty of the VSO School of Music.
Pianist Allen Stiles holds a Masters degree in piano performance from UBC and has played for musicals and operas as well as chamber ensembles. He teaches at a number of Vancouver area schools of music and thrives as a freelance pianist.
If the past is an indicator this show promises to be a hit so get your tickets quickly online at or at the theatre box office Tuesday through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Single tickets in advance are $23 and a single last minute ticket at the door is $25.
It has been said many times that Joe Trio is simply not your average piano trio. They can’t be neatly categorized and that suits them just fine. They strive for diversity, versatility, humour and the unpredictable. Yes, the repertoire includes the classics from Haydn to Shostakovich but it also includes new contemporary works and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. They have ability and bravado, mix musical styles in a single piece and their blend of music and theatrical performing techniques leave audiences with a new and completely painless appreciation of classical music!
Joe Trio has toured extensively and their popularity has grown so they are frequently invited back as has happened here.
Don’t miss the delight of this end of winter concert and bring along a credit card so you can get tickets for the lineup planned for the coming season. We are so fortunate to have generous sponsors that make it possible to offer the very best in music for prices accessible to almost everyone including the very young in age as well as heart.
More information is available at 250 495 6487. Bus transportation for those in Osoyoos can also be arranged by calling this number.