Candles of Christmas

James Mark, Violin Soloist

James Mark, Violin Soloist

Music has such power; to imagine, to sense, and to feel a time and a place. Welcome to a banquet hall set in a magnificent Baroque palace. While in reality you sit in Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, in your mind take a trip back a few centuries and imagine above you flickering and sparkling chandeliers hanging majestically from an ornately designed ceiling, and before you is a huge polished table set for the Christmas Season, adorned with candles, decorations, china, and silverware fit for a king or queen, all awaiting a feast.

The date: Friday, November 27, 2009, at 7:30 pm. The menu: inspiring, cheerful music! The chef: Musical Director Karl Rainer. The sous-chefs: Musicians of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. First, served by the chef, is a little appetiser (juicy titbits of information about the composers and their music), followed by the delicious main course, Christmas Concertos by two Italian-born Baroque composers, Giuseppe Torelli and Giuseppe Sammartini. The tantalising, delightful musical dessert (sweet) comes with the Little Suite by German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann and the Denbigh Suite by contemporary composer Gordon Jacob. After-dinner relaxation is provided by Mozart’s ever popular, familiar and delightful Sinfonia Concertante featuring James Mark, violin, and Karl Rainer, viola, as soloists

This feast of Baroque music, provided by Nanaimo’s very own community orchestra, is perfect for heralding in the Christmas Season with all its festivities. Take a seat and enjoy the feast! Reservations for these delicious concertos and suites on a musical table set for the festive season can be made through the Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550. Tickets are $20 ($10 students, under 12 free). For more information, call Rol Morris at 250-245-7276.