Chamber music this Sunday

I must write about the event to encourage everyone to attend this same program when it comes to Parksville this Sunday, Dec. 6.

I’ve just arrived home fresh from a concert with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra (NCO). While I’m exhausted from the thrill of performing, I must write about the event to encourage everyone to attend this same program when it comes to Parksville this Sunday, Dec. 6.

The NCO string players represent a spectrum ages and abilities that include professionals, students and skilled amateurs. Their mentoring program and annual Concerto Competition provide vital learning experiences for talented young musicians.

The NCO is also a huge asset to the local arts community. This fall they played for Vancouver Island Opera’s production of Norma (a first for each). Two choral concerts I sang at this fall had some accompaniment by musicians from the NCO. We’ve never had such access to string accompaniment in our community before.

The Prelude to Christmas is a very accessible program featuring some lovely pastoral-themed music (including the Scarlatti solo cantata that I’ll be singing). By accessible I mean that you don’t have to be a scholarly classical music aficionado to enjoy this event: you just have to like listening to sweet, relaxing string music.

The program is light and festive without being crammed full of the monotonous seasonal music we hear over and over at this time of year. Sitting in the front row, the power of the strings filled me with a lovely sense of fullness and peace. Musical Director Karl Rainer offers some brief, informative program notes.

If you are free Sunday, come for some delightful music while supporting the NCO. We’ll be at St. Edmund’s Anglican at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.nanaimochamberorchestra.com for more.

Skye DonaldErrington

Just Posted

Parksville recycling depot employees report verbal, physical harassment from members of public

Staff say some people are unaware they must sort their own items

Nanoose Bay carver goes all-in on projects

Bellis creates eight-foot totem as Christmas gift for wife

Oceanside RCMP auxiliary officer earns top honour for volunteer work

Dally presented special award by Island Commander

Regional District of Nanaimo to webcast board and committee meetings

Viewers can tune in to watch the regular meetings in real-time

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Vancouver Island man wanted after walking away from halfway house in Victoria

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

Vancouver Island teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students, parents

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

Tourism Nanaimo invites celebrities to sample ‘real’ Nanaimo bars

Tourism organization creates video, invites actors Seth Rogen and Dan Levy to visit

Most Read