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Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra to perform in Ladysmith

Orchestra excited to be back after being unable to perform indoors early in pandemic
The Cowichan Camerata Orchestra will perform at Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith on Dec. Dec. 12. (Photo courtesy of the Cowichan Camerata Orchestra)

The Cowichan Camerata Orchestra has been performing throughout the Cowichan Valley since 2006 but COVID-19 kept the group from performing indoors. It is back and excited to announce two concerts to celebrate the holiday season.

The Camerata’s ‘Winter Serenade’ concert will be held Dec. 11 at St. Peter’s Church in Duncan and Dec. 12 at Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith.

The Camerata String Orchestra is a strings only orchestra, offering musicians of various ages and abilities an opportunity to gain experience playing in an orchestra and performing in public. It invites anyone interested in joining to connect through email, Facebook or its website for more information.

The program is diverse and includes pieces by Frederick Delius, Fritz Kreisler, J.S. Bach and Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. Guest harpist Lesley Hartford will join the orchestra for Vaughn William’s “Fantasia on Greensleeves.” Professional violist Chris Redsell, also the orchestra’s musical director, will join special guest accordion musician Elisabeth Jahren to play her arrangement of Bartok’s Romanian Dances. To round out the program, the Camerata will also perform some instrumental Christmas carols.

Both concerts will start at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult and children under 12 get in free. Tickets are available by emailing to reserve or from any orchestra member. Salamander Books in Ladysmith will have tickets available for purchase for the local performance.

“Capacity for our audience is limited by social distancing set by each venues’ requirements. Public health orders mandate that masks must be worn by everyone inside the concert hall,” reads a news release from the orchestra.

For those 12 and over, proof of full vaccine must be shown at the door with government-issued ID. The orchestra said it is working on the possibility of offering the concert on a virtual forum for those who would like to attend but can’t in person.



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