The Board of the Sooke Philharmonic Society is pleased to announce that Yariv Aloni has assumed the responsibilities of Music Director and Conductor of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aloni is eminently qualified to step into this role following the recent death of Norman Nelson. More than a year ago, Maestro Nelson selected Aloni as his successor and secured Aloni’s consent and willingness to take his place.
Aloni, well-known in the greater Victoria area as a violist and conductor, has almost 30 years experience leading area community orchestras. He is familiar to the Sooke Philharmonic musicians and audiences and has previously lead performances of the Sooke Philharmonic as guest conductor..
Nicholas Fairbank will continue to direct and conduct performances of the Philharmonic Chamber Players and Chorus and Mike Klazek will conduct the popular summer Fling concert. Jenny Nelson will also continue in her supporting and liaison roles with the orchestra.
Maestro Nelson’s presence and leadership will be missed but everyone associated with the Philharmonic looks forward to moving forward under Aloni’s direction as Maestro Nelson wished.
The 2017-18 concert program will continue as scheduled. 2018-19 musical programs and concert dates are also complete and will be announced later this summer.