The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra’s annual spring show features pieces ranging from Brahms to Schubert. It happens March 11 at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium. Photo courtesy GVYO

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra plays spring show at Farquhar

From Schubert to Brahms to Mussorgsky, these young classical musicians

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (GVYO) continues its 32nd season with a concert destined to thrill – and chill – the senses! Schubert’s lovely Rosamunde overture will delight with its captivating melodies, warmth and humour.

A decided change of pace is ushered in by Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

Describing a coven of witches on a wind-swept rocky headland as they celebrate their fiendish ways, this eerie and electrifying work is sure to send shivers down the spine.

The second half of the programme is reserved for one of the best-loved masterworks of the repertoire: Brahms’ First Symphony. Sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth,” this work exudes angst, passion, and glory.

For 32 years the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra – expressive, focused, and adventurous – has brought symphonic sounds to thousands of music lovers, young and old, in communities from Bamfield to Whitehorse and from Haida Gwaii to the Kootenays.

In rehearsals, sectionals, and workshops, the orchestra’s 65 players explore centuries of symphonic style, develop ensemble and performance skills, and build lasting friendships. In the rehearsal hall and on the concert stage, the GVYO brings music to life as only young people can, with verve, enthusiasm and inexhaustible energy, orchestrating joy for themselves and their audience alike.

Yariv Aloni is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music Centre and a former member of the Aviv and Penderecki Quartets. As violist he has performed and recorded worldwide.

Associate Music Director of GVYO since 2002, Mr. Aloni was appointed Music Director in July 2010. He is also Artistic Director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra.

Monday Magazine staff

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