The Kamloops Symphony Music School invites you to join them for an evening of exceptional music as they proudly present Martin Krátký, cello & Paul Dykstra, piano in recital on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm. Experience the joy of live music in the intimate setting of the Lori Marchand Theatre, the newest performance venue located at the heart of Kamloops.

Ever more in demand through the BC Interior as a section leader, teacher, chamber musician, and soloist, cellist Martin Krátký is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Oberlin Conservatory, where he completed a master’s degree in Historical Performance. Martin is the principal cellist of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and a core member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. He also served as principal cellist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Martin is currently on faculty at the Kelowna Community Music School and the Kamloops Symphony Music School. In his free time, he builds and landscapes on his 60-acre off-grid, mountain property.

Paul Dykstra has been a performing artist in North America for over 35 years. Musically nurtured and trained in Canada in Edmonton, and at the University of Alberta with Helmut Brauss, his subsequent ventures took him to Northern BC and Alberta, and then to the US where he lived for 20 years. American performance credits include recording with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, performances with Abendmusik Philharmonic in 2016, and the Great Bay Philharmonic in 2018. Further collaborations have included the Prince George Symphony, and the Granite State Symphony in New Hampshire. Paul has frequently participated in chamber music collaborations with renowned New England artists, and in many solo concerts in Canada and the United States.

The program will include Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (1873-1943) Sonata for cello and piano and Alfred Schnittke’s (1934-1998) Sonata no. 1 for cello and piano.
Rachmaninoff’s Sonata was one of the first major works he composed following a three-year bout of writer’s block triggered by the disastrous premiere of his Symphony no. 1. It is filled with the character typical of Russia’s Romantic era and Rachmaninoff’s deep exploration of the cello’s capacity for expressive tenderness and intensity.
Schnittke’s Sonata marked the start of a new phase in his musical evolution, bringing “light” and “serious” music together in a kaleidoscopic score that combines jazz and Viennese operetta alongside quotations from Beethoven and Haydn.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for youth (under 19), and can be purchased online or by calling the KSO Office at 250-372-5000. Proceeds will go towards supporting the KSO Music School, providing exceptional music education at the heart of Kamloops.