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 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.