Clarinet and strings work debut

Composer selects Sooke as place to debut his composition

Composer Mark Fornataro.

Like a painter with a pallet Mark Fornataro colours his world but he uses the bright notes of sound rather than paint.

Fornataro is a Victoria-based composer who will debut his composition, Quartet for Clarinet and Strings, on Sunday, Nov. 27. He has enlisted the help of some musical friends, members of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Principal clarinetist for the orchestra Lawrence delaHaye will perform with string players Anne McDougall, violin and Sooke Philharmonic concert master; Sue Innes, violin, Trevor McHattie, cello; and Lee Anderson, viola.

Fornataro doesn’t play a musical instrument himself at this time, he’s too busy and says he doesn’t have time to practice. Music has been his passion for a long time and he has dedicated this piece to his sister, who is married to delaHaye.

The music itself was initially written for bassoon and perfectly fits the plaintive sound of the piece. Fornataro switched to clarinet because of the character and versatility of the clarinet.

“I’m using this amazing music software,” says Fornataro. “What you have is a virtual orchestra, you can play it back and see if it works.”

The music to be performed will be a Stamitz clarinet quartet, Fornataro’s eight-and-a-half minute Quartet for Clarinet and Sting and a Haydn string quartet. Following an intermission Mozart’s clarinet quintet will be performed.

The performance takes place at Holy Trinity Church at 2 p.m., Nov. 27.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Tour de Rock riders zoom through Sooke, visit big donor

11-year-old Sooke girl raised over $10,000 for Tour de Rock with bottle drive

Sooke seeks feedback on new building regulation bylaw

In addition to the online survey, a virtual online meeting takes place Oct. 22

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Ahousaht Prayer Song sets the tone

No ‘harmonious solution’ dogs on beaches in Saanich, community-led study finds

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association present findings to council Sept. 28

Langford launches new campaign to support local eateries

Participating eateries will introduce a new dish and a discount

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Reader’s Lens

Reader’s photo of the week

Most Read