Symphony concert stimulates senses

Martin Chalifour performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony. - Photo contributed
Martin Chalifour performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony.
— image credit: Photo contributed

A concert by the Vancouver Island Symphony pays tribute to water’s important place in the Nanaimo community.

On March 17 the symphony presents Wave, the sixth concert of the season, at the Port Theatre.

Artistic director Pierre Simard aims to satisfy six senses – hearing, touch, sight, smell, taste and balance – as he leads the concert which honours the waterfront community.

“We are linking the symphony to this community where we depend so much on water,” Simard said. “So, we are book-ending this performance with two water-related pieces of music.”

The concert opens with Chant of Water and Sky, mentally impressing the sound, sight, touch and smell of the ocean.

“This is a very evocative piece by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr,” Simard said. “In the second half of the concert we are performing the entire Water Music as composed by George Frideric Handel for King George I, and initially performed on a barge on the River Thames.”

Between the two water pieces, the audience will be hearing a performance of Mozart’s technically challenging Violin Concerto No. 4 played by Martin Chalifour.

“Martin is the concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and he is an incredible virtuoso,” Simard said.

To accompany and complement Water Music, its themes, movements and transitions,  Nanaimo photographer Dirk Heydemann, of Heydemann Art of Photography, will present a stunning visual backdrop of original and historic images about water and how it affects lives on the Island.

And linking Water Music to royalty, the symphony will be honouring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special cake in the lobby for everyone to enjoy.

Like the perfect wave that requires balance from a skilled surfer to be ridden successfully to shore, the concert is impeccably programmed, from the music and mastery of musicianship through to the astounding photographic images to make a balanced evening in which to celebrate the port city and Vancouver Island.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $52; $49/seniors; $20/students. Please call 250-754-8550.

For more information, please visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com.

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