Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches 21st season

Concerts planned for Sooke and Colwood

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches its 21st season with a diverse musical program, Young Masters, Oct. 27 and 28.

Featured is Paul Hindemith’s masterful concerto for solo viola and orchestra: Der Schwanendreher. 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,” said Yariv Aloni, conductor and music director of the SPO.

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Der Schwanendreher, at the core of viola concerto repertoire, draws on music from several medieval German folk songs.

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 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.

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 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 It remained unpublished during his lifetime but was rediscovered and performed first in 1933.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, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. , at Royal Bay secondary school, 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way.

Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Sooke Community Hall.

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.

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