The Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra is presenting its third concert of the 2009-2010 Season with guest artist Jessica Law, a fourteen-year old pianist and winner of the NCO 2010 Concerto Competition. Other soloists are Jessica Semper, Lesley Krull, and Diana Kim. Two performances are scheduled, the first at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 11, 2010, at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, and the second at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Aggie Hall, 1st Ave. and Symonds St., Ladysmith.
Titled Summer’s Coming In, and like smooth, luscious ice-cream, this performance is full of delectable tastes – cool and refreshing music for an early summer’s evening. “We are covering all the eras of music,” says musical director Karl Rainer. “Baroque. Romantic. Classical. You can taste the difference in feeling and mood with each piece.”
There’s the delicate and romantic Italian flavour of Concerto Grosso by Arcangelo Corelli; the simple and clean English vanilla with Symphony No. 1 by William Boyce; and delicious strawberry ice-cream with the heart-wrenching and heart-pleasing Piano Concerto in C by Joseph Haydn, here played by Law. The virtuosic Sonata in C for Strings, a beautiful musical painting by Gioacchino Rossini, is like a Neapolitan ripple. “You can build scenes and an opera in your mind,” explains Rainer of this composition in which, like smooth melting chocolate, “The double basses have some very tricky solos.” Felix Mendelssohn was just 12 when he penned Sinfonia No. 3 in E Minor and though youthful, as in chocolate-mint, it shows the genius he would become. Finally, the 1926 Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock, while sounding a lot like the 2003 theme for Pirates of the Caribbean, gives a mix of jolly Elizabethan and Jacobean melodies and resembles a juicy sherbet – a total surprise, and like the whole concert, is to be relished with gusto!
Tickets are $20, Students $10, and under 12 are free, and are available for the Nanaimo concert at the Port Theatre Ticket Centre (tel. 250-754-8550) and for the Ladysmith concert at Salamander Books, 535 1st Avenue, Ladysmith (tel. 250-245-4726). For more information call Rol Morris at 250-245-7276.