Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra
Yariv Aloni, Music Director
February 9, 2020 Sunday 2:30 pm
The Farquhar at UVic
GVYO with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra & Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
SMETANA Má Vlast (My Homeland)
Bedřich Smetana created the very definition of Czech music with his iconic work Má Vlast, a cycle of six symphonic poems that capture the love and pride he felt for his homeland. Smetana began work on the composition in September 1874; by October, he was completely deaf, but he defied this condition and went on to complete the work by 1879. He was unable to hear its first performance, or its exultant reception. While its first two movements, Vyšehrad and Vltava (Moldau), are often performed individually, this concert presents a rare opportunity to hear the complete cycle, performed by three orchestras.
Tickets: Adult $25 Senior $22 Student/Child $10 UVic Ticket Centre: 250-721-8480 tickets.uvic.ca
For 34 years the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra has brought symphonic sounds to thousands of music lovers, young and old, in Victoria and beyond. Its 60 players explore centuries of symphonic style while developing ensemble and performance skills and building lasting friendships. The players of the GVYO bring music to life, orchestrating joy for themselves and their audience alike!
Founded in 1993, with the continuous leadership of Yariv Aloni, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its
25th anniversary this season. The musicians, both professional and amateur, are passionate about presenting a wide range of orchestral works to audiences on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The VCO is also committed to the support of developing young instrumentalists.
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra is a community orchestra of over 60 members founded by Norman Nelson in 1997. Now joined by the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus, they present six programs per year, including the ever-popular
“Tea and Symphony” in early spring and “Philharmonic Fling” each summer.
Yariv Aloni is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music Centre and a former member of the Aviv and Penderecki Quartets. As violist he has performed and recorded worldwide. Associate Music Director of GVYO since 2002, Mr. Aloni was appointed Music Director in July 2010. He is also music director of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra.