Victoria Symphony Announces 2019/20 Season – “Beethoven 250”: 9 Symphonies in 3 Weeks!
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Symphony launched its 2019/20 season today, unveiling concert details for Maestro Christian Kluxen’s third season as Music Director. Kluxen will conduct all nine Beethoven Symphonies over the course of three consecutive weeks in March 2020. This “Beethoven 250” Festival celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday. Says Kluxen, “His music is a universal force. Every note must be a new creation, show a way, comment on its surroundings and show us the bigger picture. Beethoven is the purest example of human struggle and final triumph. Beethoven is humanity.”
The season opens with international sensation Georgy Tchaidze tackling Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 (one of the most challenging of the repertoire) and concludes with the triumphant and glorious Mahler Symphony No. 3. In between, audiences will see an incredible lineup of returning artists including Canadians Angela Cheng and Lorraine Min as well as international artists Tobias Ringborg, Eric Lu and Stefan Jackiw making their first appearances in Victoria.
This season also introduces the overarching theme of Under the Northern Lights; a collection of concerts that feature masterpieces from Scandinavian composers mirrored by popular works from the classical repertoire and cutting edge new music. “Naked Classics” animateur Paul Rissmann returns to undress Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Concertmaster Terence Tam performs Lindberg’s mesmerizing Violin Concerto No. 1 and Principal Cellist Brian Yoon brings us Lalo’s Concerto for Cello.
Fresh off of successful Star Wars and Wizard of Oz performances, Sean O’Loughlin returns as Principal Pops Conductor of the VS, bringing in concerts featuring music from Frank Sinatra, James Bond and other spies, Celtic fiddler Maria Millar and the return of Cirque de la symphonie in Cirque Goes to the Theatre.
Other highlights of the season include collaborations with Ballet Victoria and the Victoria Choral Society, the Canadian Brass, music from Frank Zappa and a concert featuring 3D graphics.
This season will again feature the VS performing over 60 concerts in our theatres and throughout our communities. Several of our main stage concert series are changing venues as Masterworks Saturday, Masterworks Sunday, holiday specials (Handel’s Messiah, Canadian Brass and A Viennese New Years) and Concerts for Kids move to the Farquhar at UVic. Masterworks Monday and the Pops Series will remain at the Royal Theatre. Our New Music Festival and Explorations concerts will once again return to the Dave Dunnet Theatre.