The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) launches its 21st season with an exhilarating and diverse musical program, Young Masters, October 27 and 28.
Featured is Paul Hindemith’s masterful concerto for solo viola and orchestra: Der Schwanendreher (literally, “The Swan turner”). Danielle Tsao, an emerging star in the Victoria area musical scene, plays the only viola in this unique 20th century composition.
“Hindemith ensured that the sound of the solo viola would soar above the orchestra by simply eliminating from the orchestras composition music for violins or other violas”, noted Yariv Aloni, Conductor and Music Director of the SPO. Der Schwanendreher, at the core of viola concerto repertoire, draws on music from several medieval German folk songs.
Danielle Tsao has performed as a soloist with other area orchestra’s and to acclaim in this summer’s Victoria Symphony Splash. She is the winner of the 2018 Don Chrysler Concerto Competition.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s popular and sparkling Cosi fan tutte Overture opens the program. “The overture hints at the plot of the opera: the age-old competition between men and women”, said Aloni. A lyrical oboe solo and lordly violins punctuated with sinuous feminine notes of the English horn call back and forth
Unlike many opera overtures, the Cosi overture contains nearly no melodic material from the opera score except for the last five notes that match the five syllables of the title: Co-si fan tu-te. The title is variously translated as “all women behave the same” or “they are all alike”.
Finally, Georges Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C is beloved for its beautiful melodies, rich orchestration and elegant charm. Bizet composed this, his first symphony, when he was just a 17 year-old music student in Paris. It remained unpublished during his lifetime but was rediscovered and performed first in 1933.
Two concerts are scheduled:
- Saturday evening, October 27, 7:30 PM, at Royal Bay Secondary School, 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way, off Latoria Road
- Sunday matinee, October 28, at 2:30 PM at Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road, Sooke.
Concert goers will appreciate having the choice of a matinee or evening performance and a Colwood or Sooke concert location.
Tickets are available online from Eventbrite (credit card) or at each venue (cash only). Prices: adult $25, Seniors and students $20, 18 and under Free.
For more information please visit our website at www.sookephil.ca.