2020/21 Season

2020/21 Season Brochure

Introducing the 2020/21 Season

I am excited to present the Victoria Symphony 20/21 season, which I see as the most dynamic and vigorous season so far during my time as Music Director. Since the beginning of my tenure, it has been wonderful to experience our audiences embracing adventurous directions in programming and sharing our enthusiasm in exploring new ways to communicate great symphonic music to everyone in our community. It is beyond any doubt that the Victoria Symphony is an orchestra in rapid development, and we remain committed to always giving you the highest level of music making.

This season we focus on telling a unique musical story in every concert. We open with The Big Picture featuring Canadian star violinist Timothy Chooi in Korngold’s Violin Concerto alongside Mussorgsky’s showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Naked Classics returns with Paul Rissmann presenting Stravinsky’s Petrushka and later in the season treasured guest conductor David Danzmayr brings us one of the greatest Scandinavian masterpieces: Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2.

In our Classics Series, we shall encounter some true Austrian Schwung! With our own Brian Yoon playing Gulda’s frantically swinging Concerto for Cello and Wind Band and we end the series with a personal highlight for me this season: Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Our Explorations Series continues to break the borders for symphonic storytelling and we are thrilled to present Canadian composer John Estacio’s Aurora Triptych with live video by Emmy nominated astronomer/visual artist Dr. Jose Salgado.

Finally, I couldn’t resist it anymore, and simply had to share with you, music of the composer that is closest to my heart: Richard Strauss. His epic tone poem A Hero’s Life will stand as the ultimate conclusion to a season that truly dares to move, inspire and innovate.

Welcome!

Christian Kluxen, Music Director

Browse by series:

Naked Classics: Stravinsky’s Petrushka

Saturday, October 3 , 8:00 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Paul Rissmann, presenter

Stravinsky, Petrushka (1947 version)


Thunderous Passions: Sibelius Symphony No. 1

Saturday, November 28, 8:00 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Janáček, The Fiddler’s Child

Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major

Sibelius, Symphony No. 1 in E Minor


Horizons: Musical Vistas to Delight

Saturday, March 20, 8:00 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Kari Postma, soprano

Barber, Horizon
Ligeti, Romanian Concerto
Barber, Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Copland, Quiet City
Grieg & Sibelius, Orchestral Songs
Kodály, Dances of Galánta 


Bellincampi is Back: Mendelssohn, Schubert & Bruch

Saturday, April 24, 8:00 pm

Giordano Bellincampi, conductor

Chloë Hanslip, violin

Schubert, Overture in C Major (In the Italian style)

Bruch, Violin Concerto No.3 in D Minor

Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)


Kluxen Conducts A Hero’s Life

Saturday, May 15, 8:00 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Liszt, Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3

Khachaturian, Suite No. 1 from Spartacus

Strauss, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

The Big Picture: Chooi Plays Korngold

Sunday, September 20, 2:30 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Timothy Chooi, violin

Hatzis, The Isle is Full of Noises

Korngold, Violin Concerto

Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel), Pictures at an Exhibition


Scheherazade: 1001 Nights

Sunday, November 8, 2:30 pm / Royal Theatre

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Alexei Volodin, piano

Borodin, Polovtsian Dances

Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major

Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade


Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Sunday, January 31, 2:30 pm

David Danzmayr, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin

Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major

Stenhammar, Symphony No. 2 in G Minor


Horizons: Musical Vistas to Delight

Sunday, March 21, 2:30 pm
Christian Kluxen, conductor
Kari Postma, soprano

Barber, Horizon
Ligeti, Romanian Concerto
Barber, Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Copland, Quiet City
Grieg & Sibelius, Orchestral Songs
Kodály, Dances of Galánta 


Kluxen Conducts A Hero’s Life

Sunday, May 16, 2:30 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Liszt, Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3

Khachaturian, Suite No. 1 from Spartacus

Strauss, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)

 

The Big Picture: Chooi Plays Korngold

Monday, September 21, 8:00 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Timothy Chooi, violin

Hatzis, The Isle is Full of Noises

Korngold, Violin Concerto

Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel), Pictures at an Exhibition


Scheherazade: 1001 Nights

Monday, November 9, 8:00 pm

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Alexei Volodin, piano

Borodin, Polovtsian Dances

Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major

Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade


Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Monday, February 1, 8:00 pm

David Danzmayr, conductor

Alexandra Soumm, violin

Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major

Stenhammar, Symphony No. 2 in G Minor


Reveries: French Masters and American Minimalism

Monday, March 1, 8:00 pm

Jean-Claude Picard, conductor

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Roussel, Symphonic Fragments from The Spider’s Feast

Glass, Piano Concerto No. 3

Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune (The Afternoon of a Faun)

Ravel, Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)


Tam Plays Brahms

Monday, April 19, 8:00 pm

Jean-Michel Malouf, conductor

Terence Tam, violin

Sokolovic, Uvertira

Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major

Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 in G Major

 

 

Movies Meet the Masters

Saturday, September 26, 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 27, 2:00 pm

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Lisa Dondlinger, violin and voice


Music That Goes Bump in the Night

Saturday, October 31, 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor


Christmas Pops

Saturday, December 12, 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 13, 2:00 pm

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

David Curry, tenor

Members of the Pacific Opera Chorus


Classical Mystery Tour: Best of the Beatles

Saturday, January 23, 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 24, 2:00 pm

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Classical Mystery Tour, performers


Symphonic Sci-Fi!

Saturday, March 27, 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 28, 2:00 pm

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor


Doo Wop Project

Saturday, May 1, 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 2, 2:00 pm

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Doo Wop Project, performers

Mozart in Paris

Mozart Symphony No. 31
Sunday, October 25, 2:30 pm

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Valerie Muzzolini, harp

Fauré, Masques et bergamasques
Pierné, Concert Piece for Harp and Orchestra
Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane
Mozart, Symphony No. 31 (Paris)


Lisiecki Plays Mendelssohn

Sunday, November 22, 2:30 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Richter, Symphony No. 53 in D Major (Trumpet)
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Major
Schnittke, Moz-Art à la Haydn
Weber, Symphony No. 2 in C Major


Min Plays Beethoven

Sunday, February 14, 2:30 pm

Mélanie Léonard, conductor
Lorraine Min, piano

Svendsen, Romeo and Juliet
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
Schumann, Symphony No. 4 in D Minor


Austrian Schwung: Kluxen Conducts Mozart

Sunday, March 14, 2:30 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor
Brian Yoon, cello

Beethoven, Yorckscher Marsch
Gulda, Concerto for Cello and Wind Band
Strauss, Perpetuum mobile (A Musical Joke)
Strauss/Gruber, Charivari
Mozart, Symphony No. 35 (Haffner)


Brahms Requiem

Sunday, May 9, 2:30 pm

Christian Kluxen, conductor
Tracy Cantin, soprano
Peter Barrett, baritone

Victoria Choral Society and Members of the Pacific Opera Chorus

Brahms, Ein deutches Requiem (German Requiem)

Orchestra from Planet X

Sunday, November 15, 2:30 pm

Maestro Joey, conductor

Magic Circle Mime Co., performers


The Composer is Dead

Sunday, February 7, 2:30 pm

Maestro Joey, conductor


Bach to the Future

Sunday, April 11, 2:30 pm

Maestro Joey, conductor

Platypus Theatre, performers

Christmas Pops

Saturday, December 12, 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 13, 2:00 pm

Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

David Curry, tenor

Members of the Pacific Opera Chorus
 


Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 18, 8 PM & Sunday, December 20, 2:30 PM / Farquhar @ UVic

Alex Weimann, conductor

Yulia Doren, soprano

Krisztina Szabo, mezzo soprano

Isaiah Bell, tenor

Andrew Mahon, bass-baritone

Vox Humana Chamber Choir and Members of the Pacific Opera Chorus


Christmas with Heather Rankin

Saturday, December 20, 8 PM / Farquhar @ UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Heather Rankin & Friends

Vox Humana Chamber Choir
 


A Viennese New Years

Friday, January 1, 2:30 PM / Farquhar @ UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano

Owen McCausland, tenor

Ballet Victoria

 

Aurora Triptych

Saturday, November 14, 8:00 pm

Dave Dunnet Community Theatre

Gordon Gerard, conductor

Dr. Jose Salgado, KV 265 “Science through Art”, performers

Missy Mazzoli, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

Dinuk Wijerante, First Winter

John Estacio, Aurora Triptych for orchestra and video


Perxploitation

Saturday, March 6, 8:00 pm

Alex Goolden Performance Hall

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Vern Griffiths, soloist, percussion

Marcus Goddard, Live Wire (premiere)

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja, Gusto

Nicole Lizée, Perxploitation