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Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra revisits spring favourites at autumn concerts

Multi-instrumentalist Nick Ross will perform with the orchestra Nov. 26-27 in Nanaimo and Ladysmith
Nick Ross rehearses with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra in preparation for the upcoming ‘Sounds of Spring Revisited’ concerts in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, Nov. 26-27. (Submitted photo)

This fall, the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra will present an engaging and eclectic program originally slated to debut over two years ago.

Not only is the ‘Sounds of Spring Revisited’ concert composed of Baroque, classical and modern works, it will also feature multi-instrumentalist Nick Ross as the guest artist.

Ross, who hails from Ottawa and recently moved to Nanaimo, is the music director of the Nanaimo Youth Orchestra, regularly performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony and maintains a busy teaching studio, noted a press release. Having studied both the violin and trumpet at the University of Ottawa, Ross has extensive experience playing in orchestras in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

In the upcoming chamber orchestra concerts, he will play the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2 in the first half and will solo in Alan Hovhaness’s Prayer of St. Gregory for trumpet and strings in the second half. According to the release, the program will begin with a concerto by Charles Avison, an English Baroque composer renowned for a strong sense of melody. A Nocturne in B Major by Anton Dvořak will follow.

The concert will finish with the orchestra playing Czech composer Leoš Janacek’s Suite for Strings, a suite with six movements that “bears influences of Janacek’s native Moravian folk tunes.”

Ross and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra will perform two matinee concerts, first in Nanaimo at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m., and then at St. Mary’s Parish, 1135 Fourth Ave., in Ladysmith on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the same time.

Admission for both shows are priced at $25 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 13 years old. Tickets can be purchased either online at or at the door with cash.

More information about the orchestra can be found at

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