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Event Archive - Galiano Ensemble Performs "Russian Reverie": The Galiano Ensemble of Victoria

Wed. June 1st 2016 Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (Uvic) (All Ages)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm doors at 7:30 pm
$33 ($30 seniors)
Tickets at: Ivy's Books, Munro's Books,
You are warmly invited to join the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria for their final concert of the 2015-16 season as they celebrate composers from Russia. The Ensemble will perform works by Tchaikovsky and two other contemporaries.

Nikolai Myaskovsky was born in Poland in 1881 but lived his life in Russia. His music was influenced by the Bolshevik revolution and then years under Stalinist rule. Myaskovsky’s Sinfonietta for string orchestra No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 68 was completed in 1946, four years before his death.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a major Russian composer of the late 19th century known for soaring melodies, brilliant orchestration and his identifiable style. Tchaikovsky’s Andante, Op. 30 (arranged by Aleksandr Glazunov) comes from the third movement of his last string quartet, where it formed the core of a work written to honour the memory of a violinist friend. The emotional depth of this movement made it highly appropriate for expansion into a work for string orchestra.

Anton Arensky is a little-known Russian composer who wrote most of his major works before the age of 35. In Memory of Tchaikovsky (String Quartet, No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35a) was written two years after Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893, as a tribute to his long-time friend and mentor. The second movement comprises variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky (from 16 Children’s Songs, Op.54) and has become his most well known work. The final movement is decidedly Russian in its requiem and folk song-inspired themes, ending in an energetic and triumphant conclusion.

Conductor Yariv Aloni and the orchestra are sure to provide an entertaining evening of chamber music so be certain to put this in your calendar and tell your friends!

Advance tickets available at Ivy's Books and Munro's Books or online at


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The Galiano Ensemble of Victoria (Chamber Orchestra)

The Galiano Ensemble of Victoria is one of Canada's premier chamber orchestras, dedicated to giving virtuosic performances of music of the great chamber music masterworks. The Ensemble is large enough to produce a full and brilliant sound, yet small enough to play with great precision and close communication among the players and conductor. ... more info