contributed by Sonja DeWit of Sooke Phil High Notes
May 1st is the annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, always an exciting time for young musicians, the orchestra and our audiences alike. Of course, the winner will be our October/November concert soloist. We talked to Norman Nelson, SPO conductor, and Paula Kiffner, the teacher of last year’s winner, Rylan Gajek, for a little background. Continue reading
A Sonic Celebration
Civic Orchestra of Victoria
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Victoria Chamber Orchestra
Yariv Aloni, George Corwin, Norman Nelson: conductors
University Centre Auditorium
April 17, 2010
By Deryk Barker
“When you play music, when you are a musician, you have to realise that the great high of playing a wonderful piece with a full orchestra is temporary and so make the most of it at the time.” Continue reading
Well – the feast is over and what a feast…. There was more than strength in numbers last Saturday night – there was considerable magic, not to mention sleight of fingers and tongues.
In the Chiefs’ dressing-room after the fray, we three were honestly amazed and not a little awed at what had taken place under our very noses, and that from non (or semi in very few instances) professional players – and those poor souls jammed tighter than in any self-respecting Tokyo subway car. There was more glorious sound than we could have hoped for, but as well came copious amounts of the most memorable pianissimos which personally I would certainly have wagered against achieving – the hardest side to playing any instrument.
I do so hope that most of the people on stage left the building feeling as I did, which was immensely proud – no other word for it – of what we had all achieved together with the very minimum of rehearsal as a complete orchestra, so to speak.
All I can say to the Berlin Phil is eat your heart out. My enormous admiration to everyone, and very sincere thanks for an Enigma which I shall remember with fondness.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Elgar was MAGNIFICENT. It is still soaring/whispering in my head. I have tried to find the precise adjective to describe my experience–but there isn’t a word. Continue reading
by email: Superb Sonic Celebration BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!
Words cannot express the admiration and inspiration I experienced last night. One could easily run into hyperbole without even trying. It was truly a Sonic Celebration – we all need more of that uplift. Continue reading
Bryan Potter’s photos of the Sonic celebration Concert.
Sonic Gala Orchestra
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The 3 Maestros
thanks to Bryan Potter for the great photos!
by email – Sunday April 19,2010
From Yariv Aloni, conductor of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra
Dear committee members and ‘sonic’ orchestra players.
I wanted to thank you all for last night.
Committee members; your incredible support, enthusiasm, willing to pull through, work hard and even take risks was the only reason this concert went so well. Continue reading