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The Orchestra joins forces with the students of Oak Bay High School Performing Arts Department to celebrate music, dance and musical theatre through the generations. We welcome the students of today to share the music of yesterday!

April 4, 2019
Sidney 2:00 pm

April 5, 2019
Oak Bay 2:00 pm

2018-19 Season Schedule


Silver Jubilee  1987-2012
Celebrating 25 years
of light music
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Charles JobConductor’s Corner

Welcome to the 2018/19 Season of the Palm Court Light Orchestra. This is our 32nd season and we have now reached the point of having to repeat some of the tunes from our huge library. Over the years I estimate we have played close to 600 separate pieces of music from Allan Macbeth’s Forget Me Nut (1882) to the Theme from Downton Abbey (2006).

Our first concert in October celebrates The Great Caruso, a 1950 film starring Mario Lanza as the Italian icon Enrique Coruso, the first supper star of  opera. We also celebrate the return of our own favourite tenor Sidney’s Sunny Shams. Sunny will sing arias from Puccini’s La Boheme, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Matinatta, Donzetti’s Elixir of Love and Bizet’s Carmen. He will also sing the popular songs of the times  including Come Back to Sorrento and You Are My Hearts Delight. October’s  concert is really a “double bill” because we shall be performing the music of Vancouver composer  Michael Conway Baker in celebration of his 80th birthday.

February sees our annual Valentine concert and Sunny Shams is joined by Mexican soprano Shadan Saul. They make a wonderful couple and they will sing some romantic  operetta duets by Franz Lehar and musical theatre from Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon and My Fair Lady. The Orchestra will perform the rarely heard overture to Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer and selections from Sigmund Romberg’s 1923 Nina Rosa.

Our April concert is something entirely new for us. We have invited the students from Oak Bay School to perform with us. They are resident at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre and they excel in their dance, choir and musical theatre programmes. This is an educational opportunity to share our music with the younger generation. Perhaps we will see some grandparents joining our audience.

Another fine season from the Palm Court Light Orchestra
Charles Job, Conductor


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What is Palm Court Music?

Palm Court music brings forth images of potted palms, gracious grand hotels and ballroom dancers in elegant evening dress. The Palm Court Light Orchestra typically plays popular light classics from the early 1900s as well as marches, ragtime, and musical gems from the early days of cinema, between the two world wars. It is best described as light-hearted music that sends you home smiling!

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