SCUGOG: "Spring is in the Air." It is also the theme of the upcoming Durham Chamber Orchestra (DCO) concert. The orchestra is excited to feature the Spring Concerto for Solo Violin and String Orchestra, from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, at the Port Perry United Church, on June 4th, at 2 p.m.
The featured violin soloist is David Baik, who was featured on the CBC's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30".
David Bail studied with internationally renowned musicians and is the recipient of numerous first prizes at competitions. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Baik was invited to perform as a soloist and musician with a range of arts organizations and orchestras. Currently, based in Montreal, Baik is a fellowship recipient at the Schulich School of Music.
The orchestra will feature other musical favourites such as Swan Lake – Scene from the Ballet; Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" in F Major; Johann Strauss's Radetzky March; Antonin Dvorak's American Site, op. 98B; and other selections.
As a not-for-profit charity status community orchestra, the DCO is the only one of its kind in the Durham Region. Concerts are held for audiences in South and North Durham. Its musicians come from diverse backgrounds, including working and retired professionals in various careers, as well as promising young musical talent. They are all bound together by a shared passion for music, and their performances aim to open the door to a new musical experience for audiences young and old.
The goal of a DCO concert is to bring the experience of a real orchestra to the local areas within the Durham Region. For many, it is their first opportunity to experience the unique music created by a range of musical instruments, such as violin, cello, flute, trumpet, keyboard, and percussion. The orchestra plays a large variety of music, structured around a theme. The theme for this Spring Concert is from the iconic Vivaldi's Four Seasons. After a long Canadian winter, there is nothing better than the "Spring" concerto to bring in the warm weather and the cheerful spring feeling.
The Music Director for the DCO is Felipe Luzuriaga, who has conducted numerous ensembles and orchestras internationally, and has written and arranged music of different genres, for studio recordings, films, theatre, and dance. He brings his extensive experience and degrees from the University of Toronto, Boston Conservatory, and the University of San Francisco de Quito to the DCO, where he is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Toronto.
The DCO believes strongly in the importance of giving back to the community and being able to share the gift of music with audiences, musicians, and enthusiasts from all walks of life.
So, mark your calendars, for Sunday, June 4th, and don't miss this exciting concert which is sure to delight all movie music lovers!
Tickets are $25 and available in advance, at durhamchamberorchestra.com, and at the door on the day of the concert. Look forward to seeing you there!