Northern Orchestra comes back to Vanderhoof

e Northern Orchestra is presenting A European Vacation with magical musical highlights from well loved masters. Matinee concerts play Prince George (May 28) and Vanderhoof (May 29). Music director/maestro/composer Gordon Lucas told the Free Press Thursday the orchestra’s musicians will “test the mettle” with the concert’s repertoire.

  • May. 27, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Teresa Mallam

Prince George Free Press

 

 

The Northern Orchestra is presenting A European Vacation with magical musical highlights from well loved masters. Matinee concerts play Prince George (May 28) and Vanderhoof (May 29). Music director/maestro/composer Gordon Lucas told the Free Press Thursday the orchestra’s musicians will “test the mettle” with the concert’s repertoire.

“This is an extremely challenging concert – I would think the most technically difficult we’ve ever attempted,” he said. “This fits our slogan that we are the premiere teaching, learning and performing group in the region.”

Some pieces are especially difficult.

“The Mendelssohn (piece) is just frightful, for the violins especially, and the Rodrigo in some areas borders on Neo-Impressionism and is difficult for the entire orchestra,” said Lucas. The Northern Orchestra will perform three dances by Joaquin Rodrigo, a blind Spanish composer.

“Rodrigo’s lack of sight led him to develop a sound world that is very unique, almost like Spanish impressionism in some respects, with Spanish rhythms,” said Lucas noting that amateur musicians usually don’t get to play this level of repertoire.

“I try to challenge the players every concert. Amateur music making is not only about participation but about growth. And I always think it’s a good idea to expand the horizons of the audience, too, so that each concert we perform is something outside the box.”

In addition to featured orchestral work, the program includes an appearance by soloist Larry Skaggs, principal cellist for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and one of Canada’s finest cellists.

“Larry is retiring this year so this performance with Northern Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for people to come and hear him.

He’s not only a superb technical cellist, he’s a communicator par excellence. He has a habit of drawing you into the music,” said Lucas.

Skaggs will play the popular St. Saens A Minor Concerto. He will also be featured in recital context.

“Two of us will be playing music for cello and piano. We’ll be highlighting Anton Webern’s Three Little Pieces for Cello, an avant garde work, and shortest piece ever written for the instrument,” said Lucas.”

Also on the  program is Northern Orchestra’s version of Capriol Suite by British/Welsh composer Peter Warlock who changed his name to appear he was in league with the devil to draw attention to his music. Capriol Suite with its six movements is one of Warlock’s most popular with audiences around the world.

The concert also introduces guest community artist Michelle Miller playing Tchaikovsky’s Opus 39 (Children’s Album) which completes the orchestra’s European theme of the  weekend concerts.

“Michelle is a fine young player with a knack for delivering the ‘magic moment’ and her talents are ideally suite to the Tchaikovsky miniatures I’ve asked her to play.”

 

Just Posted

Vanderhoof commemorates Orange Shirt Day with beading workshop

Participants can learn a traditional Métis craft at CNC Sept. 26

College of New Caledonia offers new automotive glass technician program

The program is offered mainly online, allowing more students to take part from across the north

Local business wins snow removal award

K. Leigh Precision Earthworks picked up Rookie of the Year from Western Canadian company

Todd Doherty was recognized today for his life-saving actions during a flight home

Todd Doherty, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, was recognized today for… Continue reading

Decision on Burns Lake’s workforce camp “pending very soon”: Coastal GasLink

Meetings to discuss new camp location postponed due to wildfire situation

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

Most Read