Victoria Symphony kicks off the festive season with Magic of the Holidays featuring soprano Betty Waynne Allison and the Vox Humana Chamber Choir
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Symphony is joined by soprano Betty Waynne Allison and the Vox Humana Chamber Choir for a magical concert to kick off the Christmas season. Featuring favourite carols and familiar orchestral selections, the Victoria Symphony bundles the sentiment and the excitement of the season into Magic of the Holidays. Performances take place Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.
Vox Humana is a chamber choir of approximately twenty-four singers that frequently collaborates with soloists, small groups of instruments, other choirs, and full orchestras. Vox Humana joined the Victoria Symphony for the first time in a 2004 Christmas Pops concert where the singers displayed their versatility, performing everything from Praetorius to Britten to popular Christmas standards. The choir has been a frequent and popular guest of the Victoria Symphony since then with collaborations such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and Britten’s powerful War Requiem.
Canadian soprano, Betty Waynne Allison is a singer who “combines it all — voice, acting ability, presence and beauty — in one highly impressive package” (Toronto Sun). Based out of her home in the Cowichan Valley, Ms. Allison is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble and has appeared in leading roles with opera companies across Canada. She is equally comfortable on the concert stage, with her rich and florid interpretation of pieces such as Symphony VIII by Mahler and Brahms’ Requiem.
Conducted by Giuseppe Pietraroia, Magic of the Holidays will delight and inspire with selections such as the Polonaise from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite, Fraser’s This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol), Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, and Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. A touch of additional magic is provided with selections from John Williams’ score for Harry Potter.
Magic of the Holidays is presented December 14, 2019 at 8 pm with matinée December 15, at 2 pm, at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street. Tickets are $33 – $85 and are available from the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250-385-6815 or www.victoriasymphony.ca