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New Westminster Symphony returns to the stage

It’s been two years since the orchestra performed for an audience, and it’s getting set to return in style.
The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, seen here in a past concert, returns to the stage with an April 30 concert.

The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra is getting set to return to the stage for the first time in more than two years.

The orchestra is offering up a concert on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in its new venue: Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave.

The concert, I Must Go Down to the Sea Again, encompasses music on the theme of sea voyages.

Its centrepiece is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade, based on the pictures from the Arabian Nights, a press release notes.

Audiences will also be able to enjoy Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, an orchestral concert overture by Felix Mendelssohn that was inspired by a pair of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

You’ll also hear the premiere of a work by a contemporary composer, Brad Howland, the principal trombonist with the Victoria Symphony.

Seagulls Rising features some novel special effects that will truly have you thinking that it’s time to ‘follow the birds to Vancouver Island,’ as in the promotions of BC Ferries from the past,’” the press release promises.

Those who drive can find free parking on Queens Avenue and other side streets.

Admission to the concert is by donation.