Youth orchestra performs Easter show in Alberni

Natasha Galitzine plays the viola with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and music director and conductor Yariv Aloni will present their Symphonic Celebration concert in Port Alberni, as a part of their Silver Season Anniversary Tour.

The community benefit concert will take place on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 24 at Trinity Anglican-Lutheran Church, beginning at 2.30 p.m.

These talented musicians, aged 12 to 28, come from throughout southern Vancouver Island to prepare and perform masterworks of the symphonic repertoire, thrilling audiences and critics alike.

Symphonic Celebration pays tribute to the orchestra’s solid foundation and looks forward to a bright future. Such Sweet Sorrow, by Canadian composer John Estacio, honours former music director János Sándor, who died in May 2010 after guiding the GVYO for 15 years.

Galanta Dances, by Sándor’s fellow Hungarian Zoltan Kodály, embraces the Maestro’s unparalleled enthusiasm for music and for life.

Also on the program is Mozart’s overture to The Magic Flute, Benjamin Britten’s charming Soirées Musicales and two ebullient marches by Sir Edward Elgar.

Proceeds from the concert will be shared between A.V. Community Arts Council, Trinity Neighbourhood Projects and Trinity Organ Fund. Tickets, $15 or $5 for students and children, are available at Rollin Arts Centre, at Trinity and at the door.

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