The Sneak Peek Orchestra is back for a fun-filled evening of Symphonic Tales for the whole family! After our incredibly successful and spooky Halloween concert we are excited to bring you a fun and exciting programme of orchestral escapades. On Friday April 19th, 7:30 pm, get ready for adventure!
Lead by Conductor Victor Cheng, we’ll begin with Jared Miller’s 2010 Traffic Jam, written for the Vancouver Olympics and the inevitable chaos that surrounded them. Next, we will be joined by actor J. Adam Brown, who will narrate Prokofiev’s famous tale, Peter and the Wolf. This classic story also features some fantastic orchestral soloists portraying the bird, the cat, the duck, the grandfather, Peter, and the wolf!
Our audience is also sure to enjoy Kevin Lau’s Gooby Suite, a piece based on his score for the 2009 Canadian children’s film, “Gooby,” (co-composed with Ronald Royer), about a lovable teddy bear that comes to life. Finally, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a symphonic suite based on the celebrated story One Thousand and One Nights, and features our concertmaster Tanya Charles as the title legendary Persian Queen weaving her tale.
The concert will take place at St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish (670 Sheppard Ave. East, near Bessarion Subway Station). Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students. Click here to purchase tickets!
Clockwise from top left: Emily Klassen, Blythwood Winds, Andrew Ascenzo, Ton Beau String Quartet. (Yes, we look as good as we sound.)
With a big orchestral concert behind us, we are quickly getting ready for our joint fundraiser at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. We are thrilled to have our friends at Ton Beau String Quartet, Blythwood Wind Quintet, cellist Andrew Ascenzo and colouratura Soprano Emily Klassen joining us in a program that will have the classics, the popular, the well loved, and the surprises.
If you missed SPO conductor Victor Cheng perform on the organ with the orchestra this last Friday, you will have a chance to see his jazz performance chops with his trio.
Ticket prices are $25/$20 for adults and students. Online tickets are now available!
Here’s another update just before the concert on Friday that will get you amped up for SPO co-founder Victor Cheng’s debut on the organ!
Most talk surrounding Victor’s organ playing is hush-hush in order to make the greatest impact on the audience at the concert, so I had to tread carefully in writing this. What I can tell you is that SPO will be playing Stokowski’s arrangement of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue. I can also tell you that this is not an easy task. If you’re a lay person to music like me, you’ll be awed at the complexity of this stereotypically gothic instrument and the crazy concentration required to play it well.
Click here to read more on the thrill of hearing an organ perform with an orchestra.
I sat down with Kevin Lau to talk about a special concert piece which will debut at SPO’s upcoming performance, less than a week away. Victor Cheng, whose interview I will post in a couple of days, joined us with some great input.
The piece was born when the SPO team came up with the idea of calling audiences back into the concert hall after intermission by playing a specific theme. With repeat renditions at different concerts people could eventually begin to associate the theme with SPO–kind of like the musical equivalent of a logo. Victor and Kevin both believed the theme would serve its purpose best if it was composed as a Fanfare, one grand enough (and loud enough!) to attract the attention of a bustling audience at intermission. The Fanfare would then be incorporated into a longer, overture-style piece that would form the full version of the SPO theme.
Read on about Lau’s approach to writing this piece.