Cultures clash as Kelowna rock concert disturbs opera patrons

The City of Kelowna is responding to noise complaints stemming from a clash of sounds — and music styles — between a rock festival and a classical opera.

'That's an amazing amount of noise,' says opera lover

Noise from a Kelowna outdoor rock festival last weekend disturbed many residents including another group of more sedate concert-goers attending an opera performance of Mozart's Magic Flute. (Eva Rialki/Flickr)

The City of Kelowna is responding to noise complaints stemming from a clash of sounds — and music styles — between a rock festival and a classical opera.

The three-day Rock the Lake Music Festival took place last weekend in a parking lot outside the city's Prospera Place arena.

For three days, bands such as Prism, Loverboy and Trooper entertained crowds in the outdoor venue.

But the sounds may have been a bit too raucous for another crowd of concert-goers.

'Amazing amount of noise'

On Saturday, Michael Irwin attended Opera Kelowna's performance of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Mary Irwin Theatre, a much smaller performing arts venue.

During the quiet moments of the performance, Irwin thought: "Wow, that's an amazing amount of noise.

"I was disturbed by the fact that I had interference from the noise coming through the wall."

An orchestra member wrote a letter of complaint, and at least a dozen people contacted the city.

Mariko Siggers, an event development supervisor with the city, said several residents complained about noise levels at the rock concert.

 Still, Siggers says the festival stayed below the requested decibel limit and did not break any bylaws.

With files from Jaimie Kehler