Evening with Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra

Nanaimo Chamber OrchestraThe 29-member Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, now in its fifth season, performs its first Port Theatre concert on Sunday, November 30, 2008, thanks to support from the City of Nanaimo and the Cultural Capitals of Canada Fund for 2008. "We put a wish list together," explains musical director Karl Rainer. "The commissioned work by Nanaimo composer Patrick Carpenter was a huge part of that list along with performing at The Port Theatre."

The wish list was granted. Now Rainer has assembled a gentle and absorbing program that premieres Patrick Carpenter's Cityscape: A Divertimento for Strings, a musical expression of the spirit of Nanaimo. Rainer says, "Patrick has written a modern piece with melodic sections that have a Celtic feel to them. It is like a piece you may recognize and appreciate; it will feel familiar and yet new and exciting."

The mandate of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra includes providing an opportunity for local professional, amateur and student musicians to play classical music, and to provide mentorship, training and development for students. "It feels like we are building a bridge between the professional side of the music world and the community," says Rainer. "The NCO is a bit more informal than a symphony concert," adds Rainer. "I talk with the audience about the piece and the composer. We are not a suit and tie group, just basic black. There is a more intimate, personable, approachable feeling in keeping with what we feel our role is in our community."

The November 30 concert will feature soloist Greta Negrave on violin and guest artists from the Island Consort Chamber Choir. Tickets are adults $20 and students $10 from the box office of The Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, tel. 250-754-8550. This is a good opportunity to experience Nanaimo's top local talent in live classical music that is calming, intriguing, restful and yet invigorating.

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