Alice Haekyo Lee has carried off the first prize at this year’s Don Chrysler Concerto Competition. Saturday night at Philip Young Hall, at U Vic, she wowed the jury and the audience with a wonderful performance of Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3.
Alice Haekyo Lee shows her stuff Continue reading
Music for Midsummer
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Elspeth Poole, cello
Norman Nelson, conductor
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
June 26, 2010
By Deryk Barker
Before August 1914, the central feature of every English village green was its maypole. After 1918, it was the war memorial. The rest of Europe was, of course, similarly traumatised.
Although “The Great War” was to cast its shadow over the rest of the twentieth century – reading a history of the events of mid-1914 is a sobering experience, with its litany of all-too-familiar places: Serbia, Bosnia, Sarajevo. However, I can only think of a single great musical work which is clearly a reaction to that cataclysmic event: Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
The first half of Saturday evening’s concert closed with a stunning performance of what is, for me, the greatest of all concertante works for the instrument. Elspeth Poole gave a most eloquent and virtuosic account of the solo part, with immaculate intonation, fine tone and a maturity beyond her relatively tender years. From the dramatic opening gesture to its deeply poignant return at the work’s close she did not put a foot – of rather, a finger – wrong. 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
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
When I first heard a number of years ago that Sooke had a Philharmonic Orchestra I had to suppress a chuckle. Continue reading