Entries by Jill Smillie

Young Canadian piano superstar Jan Lisiecki returns to Victoria to play Ravel’s Concerto in G

Victoria, BC – Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Jan Lisiecki returns to Victoria March 2 to play Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G in a concert that will feature conductor Andrew Grams in his Victoria debut. The evening concert also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” and Ana Sokolović’s Ringelspiel. When Calgary-born Jan Lisiecki was just […]

Pianist Stewart Goodyear Plays Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for the first time in Victoria

Victoria, BC – Wednesday, January 28, 2015 On January 31 and February 1, superstar pianist Stewart Goodyear returns to Victoria to play Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2. VS Music Director Tania Miller leads the concert, which also includes a recent composition by Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Stewart Goodyear was inspired […]

VS Principal Trumpet Ryal Cole to Debut as Soloist

Victoria, BC – Thursday, November 20, 2014 VS Principal Trumpet Player Ryan Cole will make his debut as a soloist December 1, 2014 playing Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto. Music Director Tania Miller will lead the tour-de-force concert that include Barber’s Adagio and Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony. In his third year as Principal Trumpet of the Victoria […]

VS Signature Series Opens with Tam Plays Bruch

Victoria, BC – Thursday, September 25, 2014 On October 4 and 5 at the Royal Theatre, Victoria Symphony Concertmaster Terence Tam will play audience favourite Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1. Conducted by Bernhard Gueller, the concert will conclude with Brahms’s Symphony no. 4 and “Spring” by Robert Rival. After leading the orchestra through a nearly […]

Replacement Pianist Steps in for Victoria Symphony Opening Night

Victoria, BC – Wednesday, September 17 With the Victoria Symphony’s opening night less than one week away, pianist Anna Fedorova has withdrawn for medical reasons, and Pavel Kolesnikov, Honens Prize Laureate, has stepped in to take her place performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto is widely acknowledged as one of the […]

Victoria Symphony’s 74th Season Opens Monday, September 22nd

Victoria, BC – Thursday, September 11 Rachmaninov 3rd with Fedorova will resonate at the Royal Theatre on Monday, September 22nd as the Victoria Symphony opens its 74th season with one of the most popular and thrilling piano concertos of all time. Up-and-coming pianist Anna Fedorova makes her Victoria Symphony debut tackling this tour-de-force piece made […]