The Coast Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert May 26 under the baton of conductor Jonathan Der. Der graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Music and earned his Master of Music in violin performance and conducting from Indiana University. He also is associate conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, and organist and music director for St. Anne’s Steveston Anglican Church, and he teaches violin and viola.
The concert opens with the iconic Symphony 104 composed in London by Joseph Haydn. The musical tour will move to Spain for Rossini’s overture, Barber of Seville, and continue east throughout Europe for a series of well known and loved operatic excerpts sung by Beth Buono. Buono grew up on the Sunshine Coast and graduated from the UBC School of Music in 2008. She has performed internationally and has held the prestigious soprano section lead and soloist at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. Buono is a versatile voice recitalist and the Orchestra is thrilled to have her as a soloist.
The tour will end in Russia with the grand romantic First Symphony by Vasily Kalinnikov. It is a powerful yet intricate work with snippets of folk melodies and instrument solos woven throughout.
The concert is at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 26 at Chatelech Secondary School Theatre. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, available at Laedeli in Gibsons, Strait Music in Sechelt and at the door.
– Submitted by Christa Morrison