April 6, 2016:: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
It’s a bittersweet feeling to write the last commentary on the Victoria Symphony tour. But it was a perfect climactic celebration of our 75th anniversary Legacy Tour to be home in our own city, in front of a full house of our own enthusiastic supporters on Monday night for the final concert of the tour. The concert showed that our orchestra saved their best for our home audience as they finished the tour with triumphant success.
April 5, 2016:: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
As you read this article, the Victoria Symphony will be back in their homes with their families and relaxing for the first moments after their intense, week-long tour to Central Canada. Presumably, they are all basking in the joy of sharing the tour’s final concert with their devoted Victoria audience. I assure you that I will be.
April 3, 2016:: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
Today’s story is about perseverance and dogged determination. It’s the story of how the musicians of the Victoria Symphony showed the world their indomitable spirit, both individually and collectively. You would have been so proud of them, as I am.
April 2, 2016:: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
When you are a musician, you are always fighting an inner battle. You need to have courage to put yourself out in front of the world, you need to believe in yourself to focus and have confidence, you need to worry and practise all of the time to have this confidence and, after all of that is done, you need to let go and trust yourself.
March 29, 2016 :: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
I awoke to the sounds of a flute playing Copland’s Appalachian Spring in a far-off room, and was it a violin shimmering in the distance as well? I think so.
“Surely there is something unusual going on in this hotel,” I heard a man say to his wife in the hallway as I made my way down to breakfast. (Highlight of breakfast being the large bowl of coffee that is a true latté.)
March 28, 2016 :: On the Road Blog with Maestra Miller
Dateline: On the bus, somewhere on the snowy highway between Montréal and Québec City
Today begins the exciting journey of an orchestra who has been working towards this moment for years, and especially throughout this special 75th anniversary season of celebration. With concerts in Québec City’s Palais Montcalm, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, and Vancouver’s Orpheum, plus an opening concert in Duncan’s Cowichan Theatre and final homecoming appearance in Victoria’s Royal Theatre, we are poised to display across Canada what Victoria has to be proud of in its orchestra, and indeed its entire music and arts community.
Piano Concerto, Grieg
Appalachian Spring, Copland
Firebird Suite (1919), Stravinsky
Tour dates include:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm/ Palais Montcalm, Québec City / Presenter: Orchestre Symponique de Québec
Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 2:00 pm / Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto / Presenter: Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Ticket information is available here.
Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm / National Arts Centre Southam Hall, Ottawa / Presenter: National Arts Centre Orchestra / Ticket information is available here.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm / Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver / Presenter: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Ticket information is available here.
Monday, April 4, 2016 @ 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre, Victoria / Ticket information is available here.
The first half of the concert features a premiere of a new work by composer Michael Oesterle (former Victoria Symphony Composer-in-Residence) and Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear playing Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto. The second half features two work that show off the versatility and virtuosity of the Victoria Symphony: Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
The tour is in celebration of the Victoria Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Season. The orchestra, under the helm of Maestra Tania Miller, is proud to connect with audience across Canada and share their love of extraordinary music with the country.