Tonight at the Proms is the Jan. 28 Prince George Symphony Orchestra concert at Vanier Hall.
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, guest conductor Dr. Calvin Dyck will direct the evening, joined by the Prince George Cantata Singers and other VIP guests, in a wonderful collage of traditional and patriotic nostalgia.
“On the Canadian side of the pond, we’ll bring you the recognizable Royal Fanfare for Expo 86 written for the opening of the world exposition by Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second,” said PGSO general manager Ruth Langner.
“There will be a lovely piece written by the famous Canadian composer Michael Conway Baker, Through the Lions Gate,” she added.
Langner lists some of the evening’s many highlights.
“How about our national anthem, Oh Canada, blended with our unofficial anthem, Hockey Night in Canada? And to herald the true Canadian spirit, the PG Cantata Singers will present Four Strong Winds and Farewell to Nova Scotia. Special guest, all the way from Kelly Road Senior Secondary, is Mark Whalley who will make his debut with the PGSO.”
She suggests audience members bring their Canadian flags.
“The Proms wouldn’t be the Proms without Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Arne/Sargant’s Rule Britannia and Parry’s Jerusalem. We can’t take you to Buckingham Palace but the festivities extend beyond Royal Albert Hall.
” We have just learned that the Foreign Commonwealth Press has announced the Privy Purse has been loosened and Queen E.’ (Odelia Kranz of ECRA Drama Club) will be on hand to open the concert escorted by the Rocky Mountain Ranger Cadet Corps.”
Guest conductor and candidate for the position of music director of the PGSO, Dyck has played a number of seasons with the PGSO. He has also acted as adjudicator for the Prince George Music Festival and has performed in recitals.
Tickets for the Jan. 28 performance of Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s Tonight at the Proms are available at Studio 2880 and the PGSO offices.
Call 250-562-0800 for more information. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Vanier Hall.