Victoria Symphony Open Rehearsals

FREE for middle school and high school!

Victoria Symphony invites middle and high school classes to a rehearsal at the University of Victoria to give students a behind the scenes look at how a professional orchestra rehearses and hear the full orchestra up-close.  During the break, students will have a chance to meet some of the musicians of the orchestra for a Q & A.

January 18 & 19 at 10-12.30
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo, and Finale
Schafer: Adieu Robert Schumann
Schuber/arr.Berio: Rendering for Orchestra
Holly Mathieson conductor
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Robert Holliston, piano
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Feb 1 & 2 at 10-12.30
Mozart: Divertimento in D major
Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Christian Kluxen, conductor
David Jalbert, piano
Ryan Cole, trumpet
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Feb 29 & March 1 at 10-12.30
Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
Paganini: Violin concerto No.1
Lera Auerbach: Eterniday (Homage to Mozart)
Grieg: Symphony in C minor
Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Kevin Zhu violin
Rossini, Paganini, Auerbach, Grieg
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March 7 10-12.30
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
William Grant: Still Darker America
Deanna Tham, conductor
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April 11th 10-12.30 & April 12 10.30-1
Brahms: Symphony no.1
Schumann: Genoveva Overture
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Legends
Leo McFall conductor
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April 18 & April 19 10-12.30
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sceherazade
Borodin: Plovitsian Dances
Dinuk Wijeratne: Two pop songs on Antique Poems
Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor
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April 26 10-12.30
Brahms: Symphony No.4
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Stacey Brown: “When death takes something from you give it back”
Christian Kluzen, conductor
Mireille Lebel mezzo
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  • Not all the pieces listed are rehearsed at every rehearsal. We can confirm the rehearsal order a month in advance. If you’d like to hear a specific piece on the program, requests can sometimes be made.
  • If the class cannot stay for the whole rehearsal, it is possible to leave during the break, at c.90mins into the rehearsal.
  • COST: The suggested donation for attendance is $2.00 per student, and you may reserve a maximum of 125 seats. We understand that not all schools are in a financial position to contribute at this level.

Questions? Ready to book?

Please contact Soile Stratkauskas at soile@victoriasymphony.ca at least one month prior to the rehearsal’s date.

This program is underwritten in part by generous gifts from a private foundation, the John H. & Margery M. McEown Trust for the Performing Arts, and the Sunflower Fund, and supported in perpetuity by a gift from Beverly Unger.