Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Yesterday we headed from Victoria up to Duncan to play at the Cowichan Valley Theatre presented by the Cowichan Symphony Society. As the bus drove over the rugged terrain, the orchestra enjoyed beautiful views of the Sidney peninsula and Saanich Inlet.
A view of Sidney Harbour
As we pulled up to the theatre in Duncan everyone was suitably impressed by the world’s largest hockey stick which graces the front of the Cowichan Theatre complex.
I had several family friends who came to the concert in Duncan and it was very nice to reconnect with everyone. After the concert in Duncan the rest of the orchestra went to a reception at the Dominion Observatory hosted by Dr. James Hesser while I departed from the group itinerary to go to a family gathering in Nanaimo. A wonderful time was had at both events and I am hoping that one of my colleagues will write a little bit about the Observatory for this blog in the next few days….stay tuned! (Ed. Note: Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the Observatory!)
The group at the Dominion Observatory, with Dr. James Hesser in the middle
Today we finally got to perform Galileo for my home town at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, presented by the Vancouver Island Symphony. I am very proud that back when the Port Theatre was just in the planning stages, my family became founding donors to the fundraising drive. Since it was built “the Port” has really become a cultural hub for the city hosting a variety of performing events throughout the year. The theatre also happens to be particularly well suited to showing off this program at its best, with lots of lighting equipment and opportunities for us to perform from different parts of the hall surrounded by the audience. The concert was a very special one for me and I enjoyed so much getting to talk to more of my family after the show. Growing up in Nanaimo, I received so much support for my violin studies from many local organizations and individuals … the Nanaimo Conservatory, the Upper Island Music Festival, the Rotary Club (to name just a few), as well as all of my relatives and many, many friends. It felt so wonderful for me to be able to demonstrate in this concert at least some of what they all helped me to achieve. I think we all know the expression “It takes a village to raise a child”; well in my mind that expression goes “It takes a village like Nanaimo to raise a professional violinist”. Thank you all.
A view of the Rocky Mountains, saying goodbye to British Columbia and headed to Saskatchewan