Duncan symphony show

Pure classics is the name and the game at the Nov. 14 Victoria Symphony concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

Pure classics is the name and the game at the Nov. 14 Victoria Symphony concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

This is the second in the Cowichan Symphony Society’s 60th anniversary season.

The orchestra, under maestro Jayce Ogren is also set to perform Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in E Flat, otherwise known as Dumbarton Oaks, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550.

Between these two works, solo cellist Desmond Hoebig, will join the musicians for Haydn’s Concerto in C for Cello and Orchestra.

The Stravinsky work was commissioned by a pair of wealthy American patrons of the arts and its nickname refers to their beautiful home in Washington, DC.

Written for a small number of instruments, it showcases the composer’s neo-classical period.

Haydn’s concerto is one of his early works, thought to be lost long ago, but discovered in Prague in 1961. It has proven to be popular with cellists as it gives them a chance to shine in a masterwork.

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, while not as romantic as those by later composers, is a true representative of the classical period.

Canadian cellist Hoebig has toured widely in North America as well as appearing in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Columbia. Many music lovers will have heard him performing with the Orford String Quartet and the Hoebig-Moroz Trio.

Conductor Ogren hails from nearby Washington State but his talents for conducting and composing have seen him studying and working at many exciting locations.

The performance starts at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Children get in for $5.

Call the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529 or go to cowichanpac.ca to book seats online.

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