Upcoming Strathcona Symphony Orchestra concert
The Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is proud to present music from the world’s most beloved operatic works by classical composers Mozart, Bizet and Rossini.
Vancouver Island opera singers Jennifer Rasor (soprano), Shanté Van Horlick (mezzo-soprano) and Michael MacKinnon (bass-baritone) will perform with symphonic selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozard), Carmen (Bizet) and The Barber of Seville (Rossini). The soloists graced the Canadian, American and European stages, and the SSO is honored to accompany their voices for “Opera Night”.
“I’m so excited that the SSO is able to expand its musical capabilities by taking on some of the world’s operatic favorites,” said Helena Jung, SSO’s Music Director. “We are thrilled to have three renowned guest soloists sharing their talent, giving Comox Valley audiences the opportunity to experience such a wonderful genre without traveling too far from home.
“While a full opera would include elaborate makeup, sets and costumes, I hope attendees will enjoy our concert selections and be inspired to explore this genre and experience a full opera by companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria or the Vancouver Opera House.”
While many music lovers today associate opera with a historical style tied to the aristocracy, the form was originally created and developed as a musical spectacle for the masses.
“Historically, royalty commissioned an opera, and it was considered a great achievement for the composer. At the time, this style of music was often considered the pinnacle of a composer’s career and more so than a symphony,” Jung said.
Tickets for the Symphony’s “Opera Soiree” can be purchased at https://strathcona-symphony-orchestra.tickit.ca/, or at the door, if available.
Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
Performances will take place on December 10 at 7 p.m. and December 11 at 2 p.m. The concerts will take place at Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.
For more information about the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, visit www.strathconasymphony.ca.