Victoria Arts Guide
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Making harmony — naturally
Mozart’s sparkling ‘Cosi fan tutte’ Overture and Handel’s glorious ‘Messiah’ are just two of the popular musical works the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform during its 2018-19 concert season.

Yariv Aloni, well-known conductor and now Music Director of the Sooke Philharmonic, said, “Our season offers something for everyone— from a contemporary composition by Leonard Bernstein to traditional works by Mozart and Schubert. I invite classical music fans from throughout the Victoria region to join us for this exciting and diverse program”.

The season opens Oct. 27 and 28 with Young Masters, featuring violist Danielle Tsao, winner of the Don Chrysler Concerto Composition. The program includes the ‘Cosi fan tutte Overture’ as well as works by Hindemith and Bizet’s ebullient ‘Symphony No.1’.

Dec. 1, 2 and 16, the Sooke Orchestra and Chorus present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in Colwood, Sooke and Sidney. “To meet expected demand for this popular holiday music, we scheduled a rare third performance and one beyond the West Shore,” said Aloni. He added, “We want to give every area resident a convenient opportunity to experience the skill and artistry of our musicians and choristers.

Feb. 10 brings the annual Tea & Symphony—a program of familiar music performed in the informal atmosphere of an afternoon “tea room”. Apr. 6 and 7 concerts feature Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear My Prayer’, one of the best-loved choral works. Jun. 15 and 16, the Orchestra presents ‘Winds of Summer’ with works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert.

The season ends Jul. 7 with the traditional Philharmonic Fling!—a pops open-air family concert Nicholas Fairbank and Michael Klazek, well-known area conductors, will again lead individual concerts during the season.

Afternoon and evening concerts are planned. For details about program concert dates, times, venues and ticket sales, check out: sookephil.ca