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Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Fling Concert July 19th

Ed Macgregor Park

Ed Macgregor Park

Some people would think that a tiny town like Sooke – with a population of around 10,000 – wouldn’t have much of an arts and culture scene. Those people would be very, very wrong! Since moving to Sooke four years ago, I’ve come to appreciate and take pride in our thriving arts community – from photographers and painters, to potters and glassworkers, Sooke’s art and culture scene is really first-rate.

One of the true gems of our small Island town is the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. That’s right, a symphony, in Sooke. This wonderful group of performers was formed in 1997 and, led by Norman Nelson, now performs 12 concerts per year in the region, plus their ever-popular summer Fling concert, held every July in Ed Macgregor Park.

This year’s event, the eighth annual, will be held on July 19th at the park, beginning at 2:30. The gates will be open at 1:00 to allow concertgoers to arrive early to stake out a good spot on the lawn at the park.

I attended for the first time last year and was really moved. You definitely don’t want to miss this fantastic free family event. It’s a pops concert, so there will be something for everyone and you will probably recognize most of the music, even if you’re not a huge classical music fan.

See my post about last year’s event here, including some video of the event.

More information about the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra can be found on their website (which doesn’t appear to have been updated in some time).

Parking can be a bit of an issue, so try and walk or carpool. A reminder that you can walk from downtown Sooke to Ed Macgregor Park along the Sooke Marine Boardwalk, which has an easy ramp from the water up to the park, so you may choose to park at the opposite end and walk there (about 10-15 minutes walk). My office (Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty) will also offer up our parking lot for concertgoers.

Here is a map showing the concert, parking, and boardwalk:

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Fling Concert a Real Treat [Video]

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra put on a simply amazing concert in Ed Macgregor Park this Sunday. Since hearing about the Sooke Philharmonic, I’d always meant to attend one of their concerts, and now I know what I’ve been missing. I don’t pretend to know the first thing about classical music. I don’t know my Wagners from my Mozarts or Verdis. But I can say with absolute certainty that I was truly and deeply moved by the performances witnessed yesterday.

The sun was high in the sky and a cool ocean breeze from the Strait of Juan De Fuca was keeping everyone refreshed on an absolutely crystal-clear summer day in Sooke. The three hour free concert is a fundraising and promotional event, in its seventh year, held by the Philharmonic.

Maestro Christopher Taber was animated and very entertaining to watch, as he led the orchestra through two sets of wonderful classics, Broadway tunes, and opera selections. Classical selections included Overture to the Barber of Seville by Rossini, The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, and the concert finished with Overture to William Tell by Rossini. Musical selections included Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver!

Soloists Allison Ward (soprano) and Stephen Barradell (bass/baritone) were nothing short of incredible. Again, I can’t profess to know the first thing about opera (or what the hell they are singing about, for that matter), but concert M.C. David Paulson prefaced each musical selection with a short history of the piece, including explaining what the opera selections were about – most helpful.

A special appearance by the Sooke Pipes and Drums band included highland dance, and a cross-composition of Amazing Grace with the orchestra – truly amazing!

Watch the video below to see what I mean. I’m going to make a point of going to as many Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra concerts as I can this upcoming season. You can get Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra ticket information here.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Events: Symphony Fling

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing their very popular annual “Fling” open-air pops concert on Sunday, July 13th, 2008 at 2:30. This free summer event is always very well attended and takes place in beautiful Ed Macgregor Park.

I’m willing to bet that many readers out there didn’t know we even had an orchestra in Sooke, and I’m not surprised. A small community of less than 10,000, Sooke has enjoyed this cultural treat for 10 years now.

Led by conductor and musical director Norman Nelson (also the founder of the orchestra), the S.P.O. gets great reviews and has come a long way since its first concert in 1998. The orchestra plays 12 concerts per season in addition to the summer Fling show.

If you go:

  • Concert starts at 2:30 – arrive early, as parking (next to the park entrance) is limited.
  • Additional parking available behind Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty’s new office, just a few steps from the park
  • There are bus stops along the way. Your best bet if coming from Victoria is to get off at Sooke Rd and Otter Point road. It’s a short walk from there.
  • Ed Macgregor Park is wheelchair friendly.


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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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The Big Rock Show – In Sooke!

Last Saturday night was a real treat for our town.

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about a rock concert in our little community. But 70’s and 80’s Canadian rockers PrismPrism put on an energetic show at the Sooke Community Hall.

Mark Anderson of KB Productions put the show together in an effort to bring more entertainment to Sooke. With any luck, there will be more of it.

Admission prices were reasonable, with a $20 advance ticket getting you in the doors, which opened at 7:30, with music playing until at least 12:30. Available was pizza from Sooke’s famous Pizzability, pop, water, and a bar service featuring beer and cider/coolers for $4. Very reasonable indeed! There had to have been 1000 or so concertgoers enjoying the show.

I thought that having the tables set up on the floor was a little strange – were we going to play BINGO during the break or something? Chairs alone would have sufficed. The hall is a big place, and there was plenty of room for dancing near the stage.

Opener Kin Basket left a little to be desired, to be frank, but all was forgotten when Prism hit the stage and opened with one of their classics, Spaceship Superstar. Their set included all their classics, and some new material from their upcoming album. Lead singer Al Harlow brought a lot of energy (and several costume changes) and his vocals were spot-on. Their hour-and-a-half long set ended rather abruptly (no encore) with the classic radio hit Armageddon. Promoter Mark Anderson thanked everyone for coming, and persuaded everyone to behave themselves on the way out so the R.C.M.P. would allow more shows at the hall. He mentioned Harlequin and the Headpins as possible future entertainment.

In conclusion, this is what we need more of in this town. Hat-tip to KB productions and everyone else who made the show possible, keep it up!

Here’s Prism in their heyday in the late 70s (nice hair!)

<a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=kgijhaJeyOg">http://youtube.com/watch?v=kgijhaJeyOg</a>

Tim Ayres

 


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