March 21 & 22, 2020 Sounds of Spring Featuring Nick Ross on Trumpet & Violin POSTPONED
To hear an excerpt from Mozart's Violin Concerto click HERE
This spring the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra presents “Sounds of Spring”, an engaging and eclectic program of Baroque, Classical and Modern works. The NCO features multi-talented guest artist, Nick Ross, a native of Ottawa, who studied both violin and trumpet at the University of Ottawa. Since recently moving to Nanaimo, he maintains a busy teaching studio, performs regularly with the Vancouver Island Symphony and is Music Director of the Nanaimo Youth Orchestra. Nick has had extensive experience playing in Canadian orchestras in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. He will play the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.211; and will solo in Alan Hovhaness’ Prayer of St. Gregory, for trumpet and strings.
The program starts with Concerto in A, Opus 9, No. 11 by Charles Avison (1709-1770), an English Baroque composer reputed to have a strong sense of melody in his works. Then, Nocturne in B Major by Anton Dvořak, published in 1883, adapted from the slow movement of an earlier string quartet. The first half finishes with the Mozart Concerto and violinist, Nick Ross. This concerto is from 1775 when the 19-year old Mozart composed 5 violin concertos for the Archbishop’s court orchestra in Saltzburg.
The 2nd half opens with a beautifully meditative homage to St. Gregory (The Illuminator) who, at the beginning of the 4th Century, brought Christianity to Armenia. Prayer for St. Gregory was composed in the mid-1940’s by American, Alan Hovhaness (1911- 2000). To finish, the NCO will play Suite for Strings, by Czech composer, Leoš Janacek (1854 – 1928). This Suite has 6 movements and bears influences of Janacek’s native Moravian folk tunes.
To hear The Prayer of St. Gregory for Trumpet click HERE
Saturday, March 21, 2020 Nanaimo Concert VIU Theatre Building Building 310, 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo MAP TIME: 7:30 pm Use parking lots G and H. $2.50 parking fee. Volunteers will be on hand for directions to parking and theatre Campus Map-Theatre and Parking POSTPONED
Sunday, March 22, 2020 Oceanside Concert Knox United Church 345 Pym St, Parksville Map TIME: 2:30 pm
TICKETS Season's Pass: 3 concerts for $55 Single Tickets: Adults $20, Students $5, Children (12 and under) FREE Available at the door on the day of each concert (cash only) OR Online using the Online TICKIT service