The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches its 2019-2020 concert season with Celebrating the Concerto on Oct. 27.
Celebrating the Concerto begins with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (London), the last of 12 symphonies the composer wrote for English audiences and a fitting capstone to his prolific career-long contribution to the symphonic tradition he helped build.
First performed in London in May 1795 to great acclaim, this monumental piece in four movements is thought by many to surpass in its fullness, richness and majesty all his other symphonic compositions.
The program continues with Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D, Op.77, considered to be one of the four great German violin concerto.
Jeanel Liang performs the violin solo, she is the winner of the 2019 Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, part of the Sooke Philharmonic Society’s commitment to encourage the musical development of young musicians from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
“It’s an amazing tribute to the dedicated musicians and enthusiastic supporters of the Sooke Philharmonic that we are beginning the 22nd consecutive season of bringing a variety of classical music to the area communities,” said Yariv Aloni, the SPO’s music director.
Seven different musical concerts are planned between October and July. Several combine the talents of the orchestra and the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus.
The popular and less formal Tea and Symphony and Philharmonic Fling! are also scheduled again.
“I am quite excited that in February 2020 I will have the honour of conducting a rare combined performance of the SPO with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra,” Aloni said.
The full season program is available online at www.sookephil.ca.
Celebrating the Concerto is set for Sooke Community Hall on Oct. 27, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, and available online at Eventbrite, Little Vienna Bakery, Shoppers Drug Mart, South Shore Gallery, or at the door.