SOTK 2023-2024 Season now on sale
Join the Symphony of the Kootenays for our 2023-2024 series of performances, Symphonic Seasons. Music director Jeff Faragher and our roster of players will present programs of variety and joy featuring our continuing collaboration with our community.
2023-2024 marks ten years of the leadership of Jeff Faragher as music director of the Symphony of the Kootenays. The past decade of music has featured performances of great masterpieces, invigorating popular programs, and a variety of unusual and Canadian music for our audiences. Our programs this season celebrate the partnership between our players and conductor and look forward to future achievements.
Four Seasons Recomposed: Vivaldi/Richter
Max Richter is one of the most popular composers working today, writing music both for the concert hall and for TV and films. His piece “On the Nature of Daylight” was filmed by the SOTK in 2021 and was also recently featured on the hit Canadian TV series “The Last of Us.”
In 2012 Richter created a work for strings inspired by Vivaldi's famous The Four Seasons. Richter has taken ideas and bits of this baroque era masterwork and recomposed them into a modern rhythmic, and compelling new creation. As the seasons turn here in Cranbrook, our programs will feature these new musical seasons.
Audiences will have the opportunity this season to take in a variety of guests performing alongside our symphony players. We start by continuing our tradition of featuring members of the orchestra with Principal bassoonist Jonathan Gresl performaning Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in October. We will collaborate with Sun Valley Song and feature local soloists to present Christmas selections from Messiah! for our holiday season program. Mount Baker's Vocal Jazz will join us in February. We honour Jeff Faragher’s instrument, the cello, featuring a solo turn by his student Garron Stuart.
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Classical Greatness – October 14th and 15th (TBD)
Joseph Haydn, “Father of the Symphony” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were the leading lights in the historical era that gave classical music its name. SOTK's Principal Bassoon, Jonathan Gresl performs Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Jeff Faragher leads our musicians in the drama and joy of Haydn’s final symphony — his 104th(!) More info
Messiah! with Sun Valley Song – November 25th
The Cranbrook tradition returns as the SOTK presents highlights of Handel’s Messiah. Take advantage of a rare chance to experience this work with orchestra. This is your first chance since 2010 to see our take on this famous work. We welcome local choir Sun Valley Song and local soloists: Jocelyn Molnar, Amanda Weatherall and Justin Swanson. More info
Broadway – February 24th
Our tribute to the great romantic music of Broadway will feature favourite songs, alongside numbers featuring our symphony players. Take your place for this “Enchanting Evening!” More info
Symphonie Fantastique – April 20th and 21st (Creston)
Hector Berlioz was, in many ways, the prototypical tortured artist that exemplified the romantic era. His Symphonie Fantastique tells a story of an obsessed artist and is filled with dramatic and macabre events. The music stunned its first audiences in 1830 and remains a virtuosic showpiece for orchestras today. More info
Images from our April 15, 2023 concert celebrating sunrise. The highlight was 100+ voice chorus performing Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass.
Thank you to our choirs: Mount Baker Secondary School, Selkirk Secondary School, Fernie Community Choir and Cranbrook Community Choir. All your hard work and talent is greatly appreciated.
Also on the program: Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite and R. Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra
Photos by Lyle Grisedale