Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vancouver Island Symphony - Paris, Romance

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
Paris - Romance
Guest Artist: Alexandre Da Costa, Violin
Conductor: Pierre Simard
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Tickets: 250-754-8550

Paris – Romance and Alexandre Da Costa

Come to Paris, city of romance, on Saturday, October 26, as Alexandre Da Costa, international violinist, joins the Vancouver Island Symphony as they embark upon their 19th season Passport to Great Entertainment, a symphonic journey to some of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The renowned Pierre Simard conducts the dedicated and talented professional musicians of Vancouver Island’s virtuosic orchestra in a program of exquisite, refined and romantic French music – with the gentlest of intimacy and the fieriest of passion. This first concert of the season is also the first of the VI Symphony’s Timeless Treasures classical series designed for the connoisseur and the novice giving it a casual ‘first go’. Says Simard, “Our Timeless Treasures series displays both the familiar and the unexpected, famous masterworks, compelling orchestral gems, and jaw-dropping soloists.”

The music: True to his word, Simard will raise his baton poignantly as the audience sits in silent anticipation of the opening bars of music for a brand new season. A single gesture and so begins Gabriel Fauré’s very familiar, haunting and melodic Pavane (made popular by artists like Barbra Streisand and Jethro Tull, and many a movie and TV show). Jean Sibelius’ passionate, dreamy and spine-tingling Violin Concerto in D minor is played with delicacy and passion by Da Costa, Juno Award winning violinist and a magnificent artist. Then, like dancing slowly, sensuously and rhythmically along the banks of the River Seine, the orchestra performs Maurice Ravel’s tender and nostalgic Pavane pour une infante défunte followed by Georges Bizet’s joyful and frolicsome Symphony in C Major.

Alexandre Da Costa: Young, dynamic, (drop-dead gorgeous) and intense, Da Costa is known musically for his sensuality, irreproachable technique, sensitivity and temperament. He was born in Montreal in 1979 to an artistic family, in a household filled with music, and started playing the violin and piano at a very young age. By age nine he was hailed as a musical prodigy and began performing with professional orchestras. So began his illustrious career of over a thousand concerts and recitals throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia. Da Costa has recorded live performances for the BBC, CBC and radio in Germany, Spain, Austria, USA and Japan and has 12 CDs. In 2012 he received the Juno Award for “Classical Album of the Year”. Now he comes to Nanaimo to thrill the audience with his soaring, passionate, sensitive and powerful violin for Sibelius challenging concerto in which the virtuosic parts are like flashes of lightning in the clouds - quick and brilliant!

Tickets: Season and individual concert tickets are available by calling the Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550. For more information about the music and composers come to the Pre-and Post-concert talks.
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