–Sharon Johnson, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra 2017-2018 season opens with celebratory concerts to launch the orchestra’s 20th anniversary year.
- Saturday evening, October 28, 7:30 PM, at Sooke Community Hall on Shields Road.
- Sunday matinee, October 29, at 2:30 PM at Royal Bay Secondary School off Latoria Road near Metchosin Road in Colwood.
Music Director Norman Nelson has planned an exciting program with two works by Ludwig Beethoven and one by Edward Elgar. Maestro Nelson invites all who enjoy classical music to join in the celebration.
The talented winner of the 2017 Don Chrysler Concerto Concert Competition, Sophie van der Sloot, highlights the program. She will reprise her award-winning performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Op 85 in E minor. This was Elgar’s last notable work and was composed in 1919. As Sohie’s performance at last April’s competition testifies, the young cellist has the skills to meet the challenge of this complex piece. She studies cello at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Beethoven’s Overture, Leonore No. 3 opens the program. The overture is considered the most successful and powerful curtain-raiser of the four different overtures the composer wrote for his only opera score, Fidelio. The solemn slow introduction develops into a magnificent heraldic hymn to liberty, previewing the themes and outcomes of the opera.
For the final work, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No.8, Op 93, in F major. The composer needed only four months to complete this work, which he often referred to a “my little symphony in F.” Some believe the “little F’ is better than the much-acclaimed seventh symphony, which actually preceded it. The work is quite lighthearted but by no means a lightweight musical endeavour for the orchestra’s musicians.
Tickets are available on our website, SookePhil.ca (credit card) or at each venue (cash only).
For more information please visit our website or call 250-419-3569.
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