–Review by G.K. Sydney (photos and column)
The Sooke Community Hall was transformed last night into a lovely other-worldly scenario. Complete with feelings of romance, turmoil, passion and much more, the talented musicians of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra delivered a wonderful performance.
In the first selection, The Hebrides Overture, composer Felix Mendelssohn gave us beautiful music that carried us along on his journey to a place called Fingal’s Cave.
As the notes surged and calmed, rose and swelled, we were transported onto the ocean waves and could easily imagine screaming gulls and a violent storm. The violins softened and then raged and together with the other instruments created a fabulous symphony of sound during which the raw beauty of the seascape and Mendelssohn’s experience was portrayed.
It was truly a glorious piece.
And the evening commenced in a similar fashion. Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 , with its amazing grandeur, intricacy and potent rhythm again took the audience on a journey that transcended the ordinary and overtook the mind.
Reality receded for awhile and we were able to just enjoy, entranced, as this incredible group of musicians and their conductor, Mr. Yariv Aloni, gave us a show like no other.
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