Nelson Moneo will perform with the Sooke Philharmonic Symphony.

Old favourites, young musicians

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra set for new season of classical music

The 2011-2012 Sooke Philharmonic season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. at Edward Milne Community  School, and Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. at Alix Goolden Hall (Victoria), with a program of well-known and much-loved musical masterpieces.

As in past years, the concert features the winner of the 2011 Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, and the orchestra will be joined in the overture by students from the Victoria School District’s Festival Orchestra.

The program opens with Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1, a medley of themes from the opera, including the famous March of the Toreadors.

This year’s competition winner, Nelson Moneo, will play Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Nelson, 17, studies with Gwen Thompson and is a student at Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria.

The final piece will be Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. The Seventh is lively and full of rhythm and melody — Beethoven referred to it as one of his “best works”.

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Norman Nelson.

This concert is presented in partnership with School Districts 61 (Victoria) and 62 (Sooke), which means that a portion of every ticket sold will be put toward their school music programs.

Season tickets as well as single concert tickets are available in Sooke at Little Vienna Bakery, Shoppers Drug Mart, South Shore Gallery, Wood Travel & Cruise, and the Sooke Community Theatre box office (EMCS). In Langford, you can get tickets at Tom Lee Music. In Victoria, tickets are being sold at Ivy’s Bookshop and at Long & McQuade.

You can also check us out at:  www.sookephil.ca.