Victoria Symphony Splash
On Sunday, August 2nd 2015, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 26th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the Symphony and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
Splash Young Soloist
We’re looking for the next rising star in the music world to join VS musicians on stage for this year’s Splash. Applicants must be 18 years or younger on August 2, 2015 and live on Vancouver Island. Download the application here. Completed applications must be received by Thursday, April 2, 2015.
What is Victoria Symphony Splash?
Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracing up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.
What kind of music does the orchestra play?
The music performed is a mix of classical and popular selections and one (or two) talented young soloists are featured each year. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with cannons, and fireworks.
What time does Splash begin?
Many people arrive early to ensure they have a good view of the barch for the orchestra performance at 7:30 PM. The Family Zone opens from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, and the opening act (2014 opening act features The Timebenders) begins at 4:00 PM. Splash concludes at approximately 10:00 PM.
What is the admission?
Victoria Symphony Splash is produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony and supported by generous sponsors. We ask that you donate $5 per person to make this event a reality. Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. You’ll find volunteers with donation buckets roaming the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony.
What should I bring?
You may want to bring a folding chair, or a blanket if you plan to sit on the Legislature lawn. If you do bring a chair, please observe all posted signs and roped-off areas. The wind off the water can be chilly after sunset, so bring a sweater or wrap. Please be advised that sunscreen and hats are recommended for sun protection.Chairs will not be allowed to be set up before 8:00 AM on August 3.
What amenities are available?
Food and beverage vendors are located on Government Street next to the Royal BC Museum. A percentage of sales is donated to the Victoria Symphony. Portable washrooms are located in easily identified areas and St. John’s Ambulance staff several first-aid stations. Seats on the Grandstand (bleecher-style seating) are available for purchase in advance through the Victoria Symphony Box Office (250.385.6515). Grandstand seats remaining on Splash Day can be purchased through the Informatoin and Merchandise tent on site. Blankets, sweatshirts, cooler bags, and other items are also available for purchase a tth emerchandise tent on site.
What should I do if I have a physical disability?
We’ve reserved a special area for people using wheelchairs. Call 250.385.6515 for more information.
Is it possible to come by boat?
Yes! Small craft owners (kayakers, canoeists) can moor their craft near the barge to listen to the music from the water. The Harbour Master will let you know if your watercraft is too close to the barge.
Concert Program & Soloists
August 3, 2014 7:30 pmTania Miller, Conductor
Erik Lin, Piano
Capricicio Espagnol – Rimsky Korsakov
Dance Bacchanale – Saint Saëns
Piano Concerto in C– Haydn
William Tell Overture – Rossini
Radetsky March – Strauss
Suite from Video Game Live – arr. Ralph Ford
Finale from Symphony No. 4 – Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake Waltz – Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake Scene Finale – Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 9 – Beethoven
The Unknown Warrior – Miller
1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky
Amazing Graceony Splash 2014 is coming soon!
Erik Lin, Piano
Erik Lin is 9 years old and started lessons at age 5 with his current teacher Ingrid L. Henderson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Erik excelled at a remarkable rate and after only 4 months of piano study, he made his solo debut performance at the Union Club Enchanted Keys for a Summer’s Eve concert July 2010. In December 2010 he was invited to perform for the Peoples Piano Gala in the presence of His Honour, Steven L. Point OBC, Lieutenant Governor of B.C in celebration of the new Steinway grand piano donated to Government House.
In June 2012, Erik made his debut with the Sidney Classical Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Brown performing the complete Haydn concerto in C major. He performs frequently throughout the community for several high profile events to standing ovations, most recently, the Magical Music of Mozart, An Unforgettable Charman Gala April 2014, Fairmont Empress Hotel; Christ Church Cathedral Summer Recital Series, Union Club of BC Enchanted Keys for a Summer’s Eve, Victoria Conservatory of Music fundraising events including the annual Crescendo Circle donor events, Garden Tour, Harmonious Celebration concert, and the Bay Centre David Foster foundation presentation.
In May 2013, Erik was invited to perform at the opening of the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and made an impression to a captive audience and David Foster. He also performed at the Encore Society presentation for the Victoria Conservatory of Music and received 2nd place at the Serious About Music competition presented by Tom Lee Music. In April 2014, Erik performed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival winning many awards including the Intermediate Classical, Romantic, 20th /21st Centuries, the Intermediate Concerto Trophy and Nathan Geminiano Memorial Cup for outstanding musicianship. As a result, Erik was selected to represent Victoria in the BC Provincial Performing Arts Festival in June 2014 and received the runner-up award.
The Victoria Symphony launches its first Symphony Splash in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Thousands of people showed up at the Inner Harbour to watch the orchestra play on a barge moored off shore. And they have been coming ever since, in greater and greater numbers.
The leaders of the organization at the time were Board President Murry Glazier, General Manager C. Stephen Smith and Music Director Peter McCoppin.
The following year donation barrels were set up and staffed by volunteers. In 1992 organizers arranged for a larger barge and a better sound system and, by 1993, concrete pilings were installed in the harbour to provide permament moorage for the Splash barge.
Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America. The event attracts up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors, and over 400 volunteers contribute to its goal of brining the symphony to the people.
Each year a young soloist is chosen to perform with the Victoria Symphony, a tradition that began in 1994 and to this day is supported by the Keslie and Murray Glazier Young Musicians Fund.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of this great community event. Throughout the years, the event has continued to grow and improve. There have been a myriad of sensational acts, countless successes and overwhelmong support from the generous community of Victoria.
Moments in History
1994 – The tradition of the Splash young soloist is commenced with violinist Timothy Haig through the support of the Leslie and Murray Glazier Young Musician’s Fund.
1995 – Splash is postponed due to torrential rain showers and is rescheduled for a later show in August on Belleville Street.
2003 – Tania Miller’s debut as Splash conductor.
2005 – Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia steps in to save Splash when an expectant Maestra Tania Miller delivers her first child a few days earlier than anticipated!
2006 – The only year anyone actually made a ‘splash.” One of the pipers, in full regalia, accidentally stepped off the barge at the end of the show. Although he was pulled quickly out of the water, the band still jokes about the “piper down!” cries that were heard from the crowd!
2009 – The orchestra parade is added giving Tania Miller, the young soloist, and the musiians the grand entrance they deserve.
Past Young Soloists
2013: Eric Manning, piano, Carter Johnson, piano
2012: Eehjoon Kwon, violin
2011: Alice Haekyo Lee, violin
2010: Grace Ma, piano, Phillip Manning, violin
2009: Christine Wong, piano, Josh Lovell, tenor
2008: Hugo Wong, piano
2007: Carolyn Tsao, piano, Sahara Sloan, voice, Timmy Chooi, violin
2006: Kevin O’Riordon, violin
2005: Heather Mcleod, voice
2004: Jordan Ofiesh, violin
2003:Justin Chiu, piano
2002: Chika Card, piano
2001: Nikki Chooi, violin
2000: Margit Juhasz, piano
1999: Caitlin Tully, violin
1998: Samuel Seong, piano
1997: Audrey Bild, piano
1996: Anthony Dolhai, piano
1995: Anthony Dolhai, piano (scheduled, but didn’t play)
1994: Timothy Haig, violin
Open 1:00 – 4:00 PM, the Victoria Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities for the entire family and will include:
Face painting • instrument petting zoo • art activities by RBCM and the Robert Bateman Centre & Parks Canada • games and activities with Sportball including a bouncy castle • clowns • colouring contest and more!
Open 1:00 – 4:00 PM, the Victoria Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities for the entire family and will include:
Premium SponsorsThe Allen and Loreen Vendekerkhove Family Foundation, Band of Heroes
Community Sponsors: Splashes, Thrifty Foods, Ralmax, Tourism Victoria, Seaspan, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Island Paving Company
Event Partners: Chateau Victoria, Driftwood Brewery, Everything Wine, Ocean River Sports, Robert Bateman Centre & Parks Canada, Salt Spring Tours, Slegg Lumber, Sportball, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
Media Partners: CTV2, 103.1 Jack FM, Ocean 98.5, Times Colonist
Government Partners: British Columcia Arts Council, Province of BC, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, CRD, City of Victoria
Band of Heroes
The Victoria Symphony Splash Band of Heroes is a group of Victoria business leaders and community minded people who believe that Victoria Symphony Splash is an event that not only provides an incredible day of music and fun for 40,000 people but is an event that is uniquely Victoria and enriches our community.
On August 3rd 2014, the Victoria Symphony will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary of Splash! As part of the 25th theme, we wish to form a group of 25 of our most dedicated Splash Band of Heroes to help us make this Splash the most amazing yet.
The benefits of our Splash Silver Anniversary Band of Heroes for 2014 will include:
•NEW: Shared display tent on-site, to be professionally designed to highlight partner businesses.
•NEW: Silver Anniversary Sponsorship status, including a limited edition pin and certificate.
•Recognition on the Band of Heroes webpage on the Victoria Symphony website.
•Stand on the Barge Stage and be recognized for your contribution to Victoria Symphony Splash 2014.
•Discounted seat price for the coveted Grandstand seats.
•Receive two tickets to the Opening Night Tam Plays Bruch Signature Saturday concert and reception October 4th, or receive two complimentary tickets to any Victoria Symphony regular season concert.
•Invitation to the Symphony Splash Launch event date is July 10.
Thank you page in House Program I September 2014.
Thank you to the following organizations who have already joined Band of Heroes for 2014:
Black Ball Ferry Line
Brown, Henderson, Melbye
Cindy and Dale Hogg
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Hotel Grand Pacific
Lady Elizabeth Chatfield, in memory of Murray Glazier
Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Consulting and Management Ltd.
Milestones Grill & Bar
Monk Office Supplies Ltd.
Pescatores Fish House & Oyster Bar
Robbins Parking Services Ltd.
Ron Neal & The Neal Estate Team
Royal Roads University
Stewart Johnston Law Corporation
Union Club of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
West End Galleries
Please join us today!
Please contact Sandy Grayson for more information.
250.412.1977: [email protected]
Splash simply cannot happen without its team of wonderful volunteers, each year we recruit over 300 volunteers to help ensure that our event runs smoothly. We need you for a variety of tasks leading up to and during the day. Benefits of Volunteering at Symphony Splash – Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events! – Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team! – Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization – Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting – Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August – Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2014/2015 season Thank you for supporting the arts in your community!
Splash simply cannot happen without its team of wonderful volunteers, each year we recruit over 300 volunteers to help ensure that our event runs smoothly. We need you for a variety of tasks leading up to and during the day.
Benefits of Volunteering at Symphony Splash
– Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
– Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
– Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
– Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
– Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August
– Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2014/2015 season
Thank you for supporting the arts in your community!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Victoria Symphony Splash on August 3! We couldn’t make this event happen without the dedication and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteer team!
If you’d like to join us, please fill in this Volunteer Application Form , and our Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Brinkman, will be in touch soon.
The minimum age for volunteering at Splash is 16. If you are younger than 18, we’ll need permission from a parent or guardian before we can let you volunteer. Some volunteer positions require a criminal record check – Ian will let you know if your position requires this.
All volunteers are required to attend a brief orientation meeting during the last week in July. Once we know which team you’ll be working with, we can let you know when your orientation session will be.
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