The Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra is celebrating the arrival of the March equinox with its Essence of Spring concert.
The show features classical compositions and guest pianist Sarah Hagen.
Hagen has become known in Nanaimo for her performances during the Classical Coffee Series held at the Port Theatre.
Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year for the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2009. She was also the first prize winner in the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Her win meant she had the opportunity to for a solo performance at Carnegie Hall in 2013.
The evening performance will be held Saturday (March 19) at 7:30 p.m. at Brechin United Church, located at 1998 Estevan Rd., featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 and four other classical works. It includes Torelli’s Concerto Primo; Saint Saens Sarabande; and two Swedish folk melodies created in 1878 by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen.
The orchestra will also perform A Very English Music composed by Paul Carr in 2002. It was inspired by the English countryside in Sussex and Cornwall and a fox hunt in Wiltshire.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and the show is free for children 12 years old or younger.