The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra ends its highly successful 2016-2017 season with an entertaining three-part musical program, Harmony by the Sea, June 10 and 11. Included are performances of:
- Adagio from Spartacus Suite 2 by Aram Khachaturian
- Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Sea Cantata by Nicholas Fairbank
The highlight of the program is the choral work — Sea Cantata – by SPO Choral Director Nicholas Fairbank. This maritime-themed selection is appropriate for Sooke and area audiences—a community by the sea —and by a Canadian composer, to mark Canada’s 150 birthday.
“I wanted to write something that would challenge our singers but is equally enjoyable to sing as it is to listen to” said Fairbank. There are seven movements, most independent in style and character, ranging from energetically dramatic to quietly somber and from rousing sea shanties to mermaid siren songs. Texts are drawn from several sources, including Robert Service and Lucy Maud Montgomery. All have to do with ships, the oceans and the people who live by them.
In creating Sea Cantata, Fairbank drew on his own love of the sea and a lifetime of sailing experiences. He is well-known to Victoria area audiences as an organist, harpsichordist and conductor and is faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Sea Cantata was last performed in the Victoria area in 2011.
The Adagio piece, known also as the “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia”, is taken from the score of Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus, written in 1954. This beautiful 9 minute movement is one of the ballet’s most famous numbers and includes sweeping strings and romantic themes.
Finally, as only Rachmaninoff can deliver, the program includes his powerful and popular Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in c minor. The work is a joy to listen to but a challenging piece for both the orchestra and pianist. Guest soloist pianist Ya-Ping Huang is a 4th year piano student at the Victory Conservatory of Music and studies under May-Ling Kwok.
Saturday June 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
- Sooke Community Hall
- 2037 Shields Road, Sooke
Sunday June 11, 2017, 7:30 PM
- Teechamitsa Theatre
- Royal Bay Secondary School
- 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way, Colwood
Ticket information www.sookephil.ca/ 250-419-3569
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