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.

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria School District adopts new dress code policy

Two years in the making, SD61 moves to more inclusionary guidelines

Esquimalt council green-lights first mass-timber building on Vancouver Island

Mayor appreciates 12-storey structure’s proximity to naval base, graving dock and Seaspan

Legal action against B.C. specualtion tax a last resort

Group of Arizona home owners feel they’ve been swept up in an attack on land speculators

Sooke makes call for regional fire dispatch

Some municipalities decide to take service off-Island

Rock the Rink gives youth once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Winning band will get to play a set at Rock the Shores

Parents call for change to health laws after Oak Bay teen’s death

Accidental overdose has Elliot Eurchuk’s parents seeking change to B.C Infants Act

Amalgamation Yes hosting citizen’s assembly info meeting Wednesday at Vic High

Mayors of Victoria and Saanich will be on hand to give updates to residents

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

UPDATE: Saanich cracks down on owners of unsightly property

Council’s decision came despite public pleas from affected owners

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of April 24

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Public can weigh in on Cordova Bay Local Area Plan

The District of Saanich is in the process of updating the Cordova… Continue reading

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

Most Read