Entries by Jill Smillie

VS Welcomes new Principal Pops Conductor

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Symphony’s new principal pops conductor, Sean O’Loughlin, launches the orchestra’s 2018-19 season of pops concerts on September 22 and 23 with a salute to Broadway and Bernstein. Concerts are presented Saturday, September 22 from 8pm to 10pm, and Sunday, September 23 from 2pm to 4pm, at the Royal Theatre, 805 […]

$1,000,000 donation

Victoria, BC – CEO Kathryn Laurin announced the largest private donation in the Victoria Symphony’s history today, $1,000,000 gifted by Len Chapple and his late wife Dallas. “Dallas and Len Chapple’s gift is unprecedented in the arts community and creates an extraordinary legacy for the Victoria Symphony,” said Laurin. “It’s a leadership gift and the largest […]

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 […]