Victoria and The Sea (November 2013-February 2014)

The Victoria Symphony leads a collaboration with Naden Band, The Maritime Museum and Pacific Opera Victoria to bring together a wide variety of performances and exhibits to celebrate the special connection of our community to the ocean around us; its art, history and how it influences our lives.


Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm @ McPherson Theatre

Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark, CD, Commanding Officer, Director of Music

Join the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band for a tribute to the sea. 35 talented musicians will delight audiences in a concert with a playlist ranging from Out to Sea and Shark Cage from Jaws to Shostakovich, Carmen and Grainger.Tickets are $20.

Sunday, November 10, 2:30 pm @ Uvic Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Tania Miller, conductor / Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie / Victoria Philharmonic Choir

A fitting work for the Remembrance Day period, Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield’s Convoy PQ-17 commemorates the tragic near destruction of an Allied convoy by German forces in July 1942. This sensational requiem features renowned dance troupe Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, the Victoria Philharmonic Choir and a stunning set.

Tickets are $20.

Saturday, November 16, 8:00 pm, Sunday, November 17, 2:30 pm @ Royal Theatre

Tania Miller, conductor / Lorraine Min, piano

Back by popular demand, Victoria pianist Lorraine Min returns to perform the powerful Saint-Saëns Piano Concert No. 4. This program also features Tania Miller conducting Debussy’s thrilling impression of the sea, La Mer, and other works including the magical sea interludes from Peter Grimes and the Overture to the Flying Dutchman.

Tickets are $35 – $80.

Saturday, November 23, 8:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2:30 pm @ Royal Theatre

Timothy Vernon, conductor / Victoria Symphony / Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus / Lara Ciekiewicz / Jason Howard / Adam Fisher / Lynne McMurtry

In an exciting collaboration, the Victoria Symhony and Pacific Opera Victoria join forces to produce a semi-staged production of the much beloved Rodgers and Hammerstien Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. Come hear a stellar cast perfomring all the songs you know and love including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”

Tickets are $40-$85.


October 18, 2013 to February 28, 2014 @ Maritime Museum

The Art of History will explore the artistic process behind the Convoy PQ-17 requiem as conceived by Choreographer Bill Coleman and Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield.

Tickets are available at the Museum.

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm @ Maritime Museum

Jan Drent will discuss the historical context behind the arctic convoys and the incredible survival story these merchants marines endured as a result of the tragic maritime disaster.