VS Closes Season with Brahms Requiem

Victoria, BC – May 1, 2014

The Victoria Symphony closes the 2013/14 season with the Brahms Requiem, May 10 & 11.

The Symphony’s 73rd season come to a close with 160 voices joining the Victoria Symphony for the powerful Brahms Requiem, a monumental and moving spiritual work that is a distillation of Brahms’ thoughts on life and death and designed as consolation for the living. Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley and baritone Vasil Garvanliev join Maestra Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony, the Victoria Choral Society and Victoria Philharmonic Choir to bring this compelling work to life.

Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, fresh from her performance as Countess Almaviva in POV’s The Marriage of Figaro, has been praised as a ‘vocal and dramatic powerhouse’ and appears on stage with Vancouver Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Orchestra symphonique de Québec and more. BaritoneVasil Garvanliev makes his debut with the VS after performing with the Calgary Opera and Royal Opera House in Versailles.

Victoria’s premiere symphonic choirs, the Victoria Choral Society, under the direction of Brian Wismath and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, directed by Peter Butterfield combine their voices to fill the Royal Theatre with the powerful message of this epic requiem.

The concert begins with the fourth chapter in composer-in-residence Michael Oesterle’s New World Symphony: Home. This is the premier of the final movement of his symphony exploring the immigrant experience in Canada which depicts a time when life is rich with memory, regret and nostalgia.

May 10 and 11 are your final opportunities to enjoy your Victoria Symphony until our summer season (July 23 – August 3). Subscriptions for our spectacular 2014/15 season are currently available. Please call our box office at 250.385.6515 for more information. Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on July 21.