At its spring concert of May 28, the Coast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of José Ceron-Ortega, earned a standing ovation for a two-hour program that culminated in an ebullient performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The group performed for the first time in the lobby of Chatelech Secondary School, with mezzanine seating on the second storey.
“Cannon! Cannon! Cannon!” shouted Ceron-Ortega as the bass drum replicated the sound of Napoleon’s fusillades.
The orchestra’s program included a riveting performance of two movements of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”), with exquisite woodwind solos evoking Black American freedom songs.
The orchestra is seeking new members (“and fans!” added Ceron-Ortega) — opportunities for involvement are detailed online at sunshinecoastorchestra.ca.
Speaker’s insights guaranteed to stick
The Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild is holding a special meeting on Saturday, June 3 at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre Auditorium.
The speaker, Jenifer Love, will deliver a talk titled, “From Stitch to Glue: My Surface Design Journey.”
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Love’s talk begins at noon; the cost for non-members is $10.