Enjoy orchestral favourites from eight different European countries while you ‘spring forward’ towards daylight savings time.

Spring forward with the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra

Join the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the Native Sons Hall on Saturday, March 10 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, March 11 (2 p.m.) as they journey across the musical vistas of Europe.

Enjoy orchestral favourites from eight different European countries while you ‘spring forward’ towards daylight savings time on this bi-annual clock reset weekend.

SSO conductor, Dr. James Montgomery, will make sure everyone is right on time as he leads the orchestra to such exotic locales as the broad steppes of Central Asia.

The regal Procession of the Sardar by Russian composer Ippolitov-Ivanov will help create images of these Caucasus’ mountains and their varied landscapes. Orchestral selections from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite #2 and Verdi’s famous opera La Traviata, will musically transport everyone to the colourful streets and crowded theaters of 19th century Paris and Venice.

A brief stopover in Poland to hear a delightful Chopin march by the orchestra will be followed by an emotional tribute to Finland with the performance of Sibelius’s epic tone poem, Finlandia.

Composer Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo will encourage you to think of the warmer climates of early 20th century Spain, while the slow movement from Beethoven’s Symphony #1 may help you reflect back to 19th century Vienna.

Perhaps you will even have to suppress a smile during the performance of the well-known overture from HMS Pinafore, as you recall yourself or a loved one appearing in the chorus of a previous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta performance!

Tickets for European Favourites are available for purchase in advance at two locations: Huron Books in Comox and Benjamin House of Color in Courtenay. Tickets may also be purchased at the door before each concert. No passports are required.

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