Russell Bajer will perform an Albinoni concert  at St. Elizabeth’s on Friday

Russell Bajer will perform an Albinoni concert at St. Elizabeth’s on Friday

Sidney Classical Orchestra welcomes six soloists for winter concert

Soloists play classics by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Grieg at St. Elizabeth's church in Sidney

No fewer than six musicians approached conductor Stephen Brown in hopes of making the solo roster for the Sidney Classical Orchestra’s winter concert. All six are on the bill.

“I thought we can fit all this in and it will be a real potpourri, interesting evening,” the artistic director said. “They’re all good players, they’re all virtuosic on their instruments.”

Sidney Concert Society offers a four concerto evening at St. Elizabeth’s later this month.

The Sidney Classical Orchestra will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Guitars” with soloists Bradford Werner and Michael Dias. They’ll also perform Vivaldi’s “Concert for Two Cellos” with cellists Joyce Ellwood and Laura Backstrom; Tomaso Albinoni’s “Concerto for Oboe” with Russell Bajer and Edvard Grieg’s “Norwegian Dance No. 1” with Eugene Dowling on the tuba.

“They’ve all got a different flavour,” Brown said.

The concert is Friday, Jan. 13 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 10030 Third St., Sidney, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“I’ve always found 13 myself a lucky number. I like Friday the 13th. Maybe it’ll make it better,” Brown said.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for student. Tickets are available at Tanners Books in Sidney, Russell Nursery in North Saanich, City Scribe in Brentwood Bay, as well as the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Long and McQuade in Victoria.

Visit sidneyclassicalorchestra.ca for details.

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