Entries by Jill Smillie

Victoria Symphony Celebrates “Soundscapes and Landscapes” in New Music Festival

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Symphony celebrates the diverse beauty of Canada’s spectacular soundscapes and landscapes in the 2017 New Music Festival. Featuring a wide variety of spatialized orchestral and choral works including music from Pulitzer and Grammy winning composer John Luther Adams, the festival is curated by VS Composer in Residence Jared Miller. The […]

Triple ECMA Award Nominee to Record with 10 Symphonies in 3 Months For Upcoming True North: The Canadian Songbook 

TORONTO, March 9, 2016 /CNW/ – Eleanor McCain is about to make history. In an unparalleled and ambitious move to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday with her upcoming True North: The Canadian Songbook, the three-time East Coast Music Association Award nominee is traveling across Canada from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BCto record with 10 orchestras […]

Youth-focused Victoria Symphony Concert Features 23-Year-Old Guest Conductor and Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra

Victoria, BC – January 11, 2016 23-year-old prodigy Alexander Prior comes to Victoria January 23 & 24 to conduct a concert featuring teenaged guest musicians from the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. Though Alexander Prior is but 23, his experience in the orchestral world is already great. Initially known as a composer, he was recognized by […]

World Renowned Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Returns to His Roots to Help Victoria Symphony Celebrate 75th Anniversary Season

Victoria, BC –December 22, 2015 Making a rare guest appearance, internationally-acclaimed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead the Victoria Symphony at a one-night-only concert on January 9, 2016. If ever there were a Canadian superstar conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is it. His popularity began in 2000, when he was appointed Music […]

Victoria Symphony continues to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season with concert featuring James Ehnes and Mahler Symphony No. 5.

Victoria, BC – November 13, 2015 Canadian superstar violinist James Ehnes comes to Victoria to play Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on November 21 & 22. When Tania Miller and the music programming committee were planning the Victoria Symphony’s celebratory 75th anniversary season, James Ehnes […]

Ballet Meets Broadway

Victoria, BC – October 26, 2015 Ballet Meets Broadway pairs Ballet Victoria with the Victoria Symphony on the Pops stage for the first time, highlighting the music that has kept musical theatre audiences tapping their feet for more than fifty years. Performances takes place Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., with […]

Victoria Symphony to Premiere First Commissioned Piece, “Echoes of Autumn,” By Composer in Residence Jared Miller

Victoria, BC – October 22, 2015 Victoria Symphony is set to premiere the first commissioned work, “Echoes of Autumn,” by Composer in Residence Jared Miller at the November 2 Legacy Series concert. Pianist Orli Shaham will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme” and first-time guest conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the orchestra through Mendelssohn’s […]