Joanna Lee

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra coming to Parksville

The June 5 concert will feature Concerto Competition for Young Musicians winner Joanna Lee

As spring turns to summer, the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra turns to youth once again ending its season of concerts featuring the winner of the annual Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.

This year’s winner, Joanna Lee – who is also a regular member of the NCO, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, a work in three movements written when the composer was just 13 years old.

The program, titled Vive le Concerto, also includes Serenade for Strings in E Minor written by a Edward Elgar.

The third and final work on the program is African Suite, written in 1955 by Nigerian Fela Sowande.  This Suite consists of five pieces for string orchestra and harp, representing five varying moods.

The NCO, directed by violinist Karl Rainer, presents Vive le Concerto Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Edmund Anglican Church, Parksville.

Bruce Farquarson, who spoke on behalf of the NCO, said the orchestra has regular gigs in the area.

Tickets are $20, adults; $5 students (children under 12 can attend for free) at the Port Theatre Box Office or at the door.  For more information, visit www.nanaimochamberorchestra.com.

— submitted by the NCO

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