This performance year, 2017-2018, marks the 20th anniversary of the Sooke Philharmonic — a remarkable achievement for the “little orchestra that could.” Norman Nelson, the legendary SPO Music Director, has noted “We have much to celebrate. Such longevity is a tribute to the remarkable dedication of our musicians to create wonderful music and to the community that has given its support over the years.”
Maestro Nelson has planned an exceptional series of concerts and musical events to mark the anniversary and he invites all who appreciate classical music to join in the celebration.
The season opens October 28 and 29 with works by Beethoven and Elgar and features the talented winner of the 2017 Don Chrysler Concerto Concert Competition, Sophie van der Sloot, playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
December 2 and 3, the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus joins the Philharmonic Chamber Players for a Continental Christmas, conducted by Choral Director Nicholas Fairbank. The festive program includes joyous renditions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel and arrangements of familiar carols.
The popular annual Tea and Symphony afternoon is scheduled for February 4, 2018. Always a sellout so early ticket purchase is encouraged and makes a great gift idea!
The Chorus and Chamber Players meet again April 7 and 8 for A Royal Feast, including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
June 16 and 17, the Orchestra presents A Summer Symphony under the direction of Music Conductor Yariv Aloni . Richard Strauss’s famous Oboe Concerto, performed by Russell Bajer, will highlight this program
The season ends July 8 with the traditional Philharmonic Fling! – a free pops open-air family concert conducted by Michael Klazek.
In 1997, Maestro Nelson was the driving force behind the creation of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Since its inception, the orchestra has grown in size and virtuosity, added the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus, and extended its season from one to five annual concerts. This year Nicholas Fairbank, Yariv Aloni and Michael Klazek, well-known area music conductors, will lead individual concerts.
For easier access several events are scheduled in nearby Colwood as well as Sooke. Afternoon and evening concerts are planned.
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