David Stewart will be joined by Paule Préfontaine, Yariv Aloni, and Pamela Highbaugh Aloni for a chamber music concert at the Sooke Harbour house Resort on Oct, 11. (photo contributed)

David Stewart will be joined by Paule Préfontaine, Yariv Aloni, and Pamela Highbaugh Aloni for a chamber music concert at the Sooke Harbour house Resort on Oct, 11. (photo contributed)

Chamber music concert a unique opportunity

Intimate setting gives audience a chance to connect with the artists and music

The Sooke Harbour House Resort and the Sooke Philharmonic Society are offering an evening of Chamber music on Thursday (Oct. 11) at 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature four, incredibly talented musicians who will join in the intimate setting offered at the Harbour House Resort to perform Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola, Ravel’s Duo for Violin and Cello and Grieg”s Quartet op.27.

The performance is a bit unusual in that it features two highly acclaimed musical couples who will join to deliver what is anticipated to be a remarkable evening of music.

The violinist for the concert, David Stewart, was recently re-engaged as the First Concertmaster of the Bergan Philharmonic in Norway and has also held the role in Hanover, Trondheim and the Norwegian Opera, Edmonton and the Canadian Opera Company.

He will join with Paule Préfontaine, who plays regularly with the National Arts Orchestra and the Ottowa Symphony. Préfontaine as enjoyed a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player and recitalist and has performed throughout Canada, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Ireland and Finland.

That couple will, in turn, be joined by Yariv Aloni, the Musical Director of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. A former violist of both the Penderecki string quartets and the Aviv piano quartet, he has performed in many concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Europe, Canada and the United States.

His partner, Pamela Highbaugh Aloni has enjoyed performing both as a chamber musician and soloist in North America and Europe. Pamela is a co-founding member of the Lafayette String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Victoria. With the ensemble she has won prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet Competition, the Cleveland String Quartet Residency Competition and in 1988 was cited as one of Musical America’s “Young Artists to Watch”.

“This is an opportunity for the people of Sooke to hear this music in a way that it was intended to be heard,” said Yariv Aloni.

“The intimate setting gives the audience the chance to hear and see the music being performed in the manner for which it was written. It’s a true chance to connect with the music and the performers.”

The Nelson Concert Series is dedicated to the founder of the Sooke Philharmonic Society who passed away in February of 2018.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and are available online at Eventbrite.ca or at the Sooke Harbour House Resort or Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart.