Youth orchestra opens season at Farquhar

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra opens its 30th anniversary season Nov. 1 at UVic

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra opens its 30th anniversary season with a sparkling collection of musical treasures.

The opening performance goes Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium with a salute to composers Humperdinck, Debussy and Tchaikovsky.

Humperdinck evokes a dreamy atmosphere in the Prelude to Hänsel & Gretel.  Opening with Evening Prayer – one of the most gorgeous chorales for French horns ever written – this overture hints at the dangers and delights in the famous fairy tale before concluding in elegant counterpoint. Debussy’s very French Petite Suite brings to life a serene ride En bateau, a comic Cortège, a dainty Menuet, and a boisterous Ballet.  Tchaikovsky began work on his Symphony No. 2 in the summer of 1872 while vacationing in Ukraine – then nicknamed “Little Russia”.  Folk songs of the region shine throughout the symphony, regarded as one of Tchaikovsky’s most carefree and celebratory works.

For 30 years the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra has brought symphonic sounds to thousands of music lovers, young and old, in communities from Bamfield to Whitehorse and Haida Gwaii.  In rehearsals, sectionals and workshops, the orchestra’s 60 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.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $10 for students and children. Call 250-721-8480 or visit tickets.uvic.ca.