Cowichan Consort concert highlights youth

Some of Cowichan’s top young musical talents perform this weekend with the Cowichan Consort orchestra. - Andrew Leong/file
Some of Cowichan’s top young musical talents perform this weekend with the Cowichan Consort orchestra.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

This month's Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir concert features this year's top achievers in its annual concerto competition and taps renowned composers Rossini and Mozart to open and close the program.

Concerto competition winner Nathan Bomans - also a recent winner in the Cowichan Music Festival - will play the violin with the orchestra in Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens.

Bomans played with the orchestra for several years in the second violin section.

Competition runner-up baritone Richard Cunningham will sing Si tra i ceppa from Handel's Berenice with the orchestra.

"The 19-year-old concerto competition is hosted each year by Judith and Scott McIvor and encourages youth by giving them a chance to perform with the 40-member orchestra," wrote Cowichan Consort's Marion Prestley.

The evening's program "Featuring our Youth" begins with Rossini's famous Overture to the Barber of Seville and ends with Mozart's majestic choral Coronation Mass with soloists Jennifer Lang, Erin Ronningen, Joshua Lovell and Paul Boughen.

Also featured is the Cowichan Valley Youth Choir directed by Sheila Johnson. They'll join the Consort Choir and Orchestra in Conway Baker's A Psalm for our Time and Eleanor Daley's The Dream Ship.

"Vancouver-based composer Baker is a three time Genie Awards winner whose work includes concert pieces and scores for film and television," explained Priestley.

Canadian composer Daley has written choral works, many for youth choirs.

Your ticket

What: Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir "Featuring Our Youth"

Where: Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan

When: May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: from Consort members, Volume One Bookstore and at the door. Adults $15, children 12 and under, $12.




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