A cello built in 1696 will steal the show when the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra launches its 60th-anniversary season next week.

Bryan Cheng, 21, will play the Stradivarius cello at the OSO's "Legends" concert. The cello, valued at $14 million, is part of the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank and is awarded on three-year loans to outstanding musicians.

This cello was last played in an OSO performance by Arnold Choi in 2012.

Cheng will be performing Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor.

The second half of the opening program will feature the OSO’s new concertmaster violinist Rachel Kristenson, in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, based on the story One Thousand and One Nights.

Opening the Legends program each evening will be a short piece by Canadian composer, John Estacio entitled Frenergy.

"I love all three works on this program because they are so visceral - breathtaking in virtuosity and heartbreaking in beauty," said music director Rosemary Thomson.

The symphony performs Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre, Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton and Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m.

Kelowna and Penticton Tickets are available through Kelowna Tickets and Vernon tickets through Ticket Seller.