The Sooke Philharmonic Players and Chorus are returning on Sat. Mar. 19 and Sun. Mar. 20 to delight us with a pair of Maestro Mozart concerts. Join us for an intimate evening on March 19 at Sooke Baptist Church or on March 20 at the John Stubbs Memorial School, 301 Zealous Cres., CFB Esquimalt.
The Sooke Philharmonic Players and Chorus unveiled the new, expanded chorus under Choral Director Nicholas Fairbank at the December concerts, and they sounded impressive, which is why this is a must concert to attend.
Mozart was a prolific artist, an Austrian composer who created many operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas that profoundly shaped classical music. We are going to be lucky enough to hear just a few works, one of which is Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, scored for soloists and chorus. You will know some of the talented soloists from past performances with the Sooke Phil, and we are delighted to introduce some up-and-coming vocalists who are just starting their musical careers:
“Her crystalline purity and expressiveness were a joy at all times.” Well-known Sooke soprano Nancy Washeim has a national and international career featuring solo performances with a wide range of musical organizations, including the London (England) Bach Festival. Broadcast appearances have included Bach’s Cantata BWV51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, aired by Radio Canada.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Tasha Meisami Farivar
Tasha Meisami Farivar is a Victoria native who completed her degree at UVic with Benjamin Butterfield. Tasha has performed as an alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. She sang in the Philomela Women’s Choir production of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, UVic Chorus and Orchestra productions of Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, and Via Choralis’ production of Messiah.
A new voice on Vancouver Island is tenor Taylor Fawcett. A student of Benjamin Butterfield and Bachelor of Music in vocal performance graduate from Edmonton, Taylor is excited about all the local music scene has to offer.
Island-raised bass baritone Jeremy Roszmann started his vocal training at a young age, beginning with the Nanaimo Youth Choir. He has also sung with Ubetcha Productions, Nanaimo Theatre Group and Schmooze Productions.
The concert is being sponsored by ‘East Meets West, a fusion B&B’, situated in a 3-bedroom farm cottage, located on a farm property on Otter Point Road. Proprietors, Julie and Michael Howard, opened the B&B last year, following their return to Canada after 28 years in Asia. They have brought a beautiful collection of Asian art and furniture, along with stories of lives well led.
Our show artisan is Silks to Dye For, a perennial favourite at the Sooke Secret Garden Tour. We love her scarves and hope you will too.
Visit us at www.sookephil.ca to buy tickets online and for information on ticket outlets. Admission for youth 16 and under is FREE for all concerts.