Victoria Symphony 2021/22 Spring Season

Our SpringSeason has been designed to reflect the vibrancy, diversity, and creativity of our beloved musicians, our Music Director Christian Kluxen and our Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin.

Single Tickets are available. As permitted by  the Public Health Orders, we are seating these concerts at full capacity.

Bach to the Future - Concert for Kids, January 16, 2022

Bach to the Future

Sunday, January 16, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor

Platypus Theatre, performers

An accidental musical spell sends Corky whirling through time to an age she has only read about in books. Will she make it home?

Corky’s eccentric Uncle Siegfried is the obvious person to help her with her student project on classical music. While poking around in his peculiar workshop, she accidentally combines the ingredients of a magical musical spell making her tumble through time to meet some of the world’s most fascinating composers. Hopscotching through the ages of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Shostakovich; Corky must discover the secret musical formula that will bring her home. Will she be able to get back to the present and finish her schoolwork in time?

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3, January 22, 2022

Beethoven Symphonies No. 1 & 3

Saturday, January 22, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3

When VS had to cancel its “Beethoven 250 Celebration” mid-cycle in March, 2020 we vowed to recreate the opportunity as soon as possible. Under the baton of Maestro Kluxen, the orchestra explores the full range of Beethoven’s genius.

“Beethoven’s music has from the very beginning created a special bond between VS and myself. The week I was announced Music Director, I stepped in for a concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Prometheus Overture. Through the week, there was a certain electricity in the hall. Since then, it feels like we are able to come back to this same atmosphere, every time we play Beethoven. In other words, Beethoven has been a binding force for us. But his music is also a universal force. Every single one of his symphonies feels like they are both the beginning and the end; like all is new and as if every note is his last. This is how I believe that his music must be performed. Every note must be a new creation, show a way, comment on its surroundings and show us a bigger picture.  Most of all Beethoven is the purest example of human struggle and final triumph. Beethoven is humanity.” – Christian Kluxen

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5, January 23, 2022

Beethoven Symphonies No. 2 & 5

Sunday, January 23, 2:30 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

When VS had to cancel its “Beethoven 250 Celebration” mid-cycle in March, 2020 we vowed to recreate the opportunity as soon as possible. Under the baton of Maestro Kluxen, the orchestra explores the full range of Beethoven’s genius.

“Beethoven’s music has from the very beginning created a special bond between VS and myself. The week I was announced Music Director, I stepped in for a concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Prometheus Overture. Through the week, there was a certain electricity in the hall. Since then, it feels like we are able to come back to this same atmosphere, every time we play Beethoven. In other words, Beethoven has been a binding force for us. But his music is also a universal force. Every single one of his symphonies feels like they are both the beginning and the end; like all is new and as if every note is his last. This is how I believe that his music must be performed. Every note must be a new creation, show a way, comment on its surroundings and show us a bigger picture.  Most of all Beethoven is the purest example of human struggle and final triumph. Beethoven is humanity.” – Christian Kluxen

Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7, January 29, 2022.

Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7

Saturday, January 29, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 4

Beethoven, Symphony No. 7

When VS had to cancel its “Beethoven 250 Celebration” mid-cycle in March, 2020 we vowed to recreate the opportunity as soon as possible. Under the baton of Maestro Kluxen, the orchestra explores the full range of Beethoven’s genius.

“Beethoven’s music has from the very beginning created a special bond between VS and myself. The week I was announced Music Director, I stepped in for a concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Prometheus Overture. Through the week, there was a certain electricity in the hall. Since then, it feels like we are able to come back to this same atmosphere, every time we play Beethoven. In other words, Beethoven has been a binding force for us. But his music is also a universal force. Every single one of his symphonies feels like they are both the beginning and the end; like all is new and as if every note is his last. This is how I believe that his music must be performed. Every note must be a new creation, show a way, comment on its surroundings and show us a bigger picture.  Most of all Beethoven is the purest example of human struggle and final triumph. Beethoven is humanity.” – Christian Kluxen

Beethoven Symphonies No. 6 & 8, January 30, 2022

Beethoven Symphonies No. 6 & 8

Sunday, January 30, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6

Beethoven, Symphony No. 8

When VS had to cancel its “Beethoven 250 Celebration” mid-cycle in March, 2020 we vowed to recreate the opportunity as soon as possible. Under the baton of Maestro Kluxen, the orchestra explores the full range of Beethoven’s genius.

“Beethoven’s music has from the very beginning created a special bond between VS and myself. The week I was announced Music Director, I stepped in for a concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Prometheus Overture. Through the week, there was a certain electricity in the hall. Since then, it feels like we are able to come back to this same atmosphere, every time we play Beethoven. In other words, Beethoven has been a binding force for us. But his music is also a universal force. Every single one of his symphonies feels like they are both the beginning and the end; like all is new and as if every note is his last. This is how I believe that his music must be performed. Every note must be a new creation, show a way, comment on its surroundings and show us a bigger picture.  Most of all Beethoven is the purest example of human struggle and final triumph. Beethoven is humanity.” – Christian Kluxen

Mahler and Schumann - Being Robert Schumann, February 6, 2022

Mahler and Schumann – Being Robert Schuman Part III

Sunday, February 6, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Smith, Tableau (World Premiere)

Schumann, Symphony No. 2

Mahler, Rückert Songs

Schumann, Abendlied (Evening song) in D flat major

As the third event in our focus on Robert Schumann’s world, VS  music director Christian Kluxen conducts Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Described as being “overpowering in its wealth of expression” and of “balancing light and dark”, this work reveals the relationship in art between Schumann and Beethoven. Also on the program are Mahler’s Five songs for orchestra and mezzo-soprano based on poems written by Friedrich Rückert, and a new work by Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith commissioned by VS with the support of the Hugh Davidson Foundation and in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony. This is the first concert in a series that pairs works by four diverse Canadian composers with one of Schumann’s four symphonies.

Celebrating John Williams, February 12 and 13, 2022.

Celebrating John Williams!

Saturday, February 12, 8:00 pm / Sunday, February 13, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Celebrate the Maestro of the Movies himself, John Williams, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. John’s music has been the soundtrack of our lives and the Victoria Symphony will present some of his favorites like Star Wars, Harry Potter and E.T. along with some hidden gems from his vast catalog. Get ready to run away from dinosaurs, swim to safety from sharks and raise the Olympic torch in this unforgettable evening of music.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs, March 6, 2022.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Sunday, March 6, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor

Classical Kids Live, performers

Life gets a little noisy and a whole lot more interesting for young Christopher after a crabby, eccentric old man named Beethoven moves in upstairs. Young listeners will be touched by history, drama, music and fun as they come to understand the genius of Beethoven and the beauty of his music. Don’t miss this famous take by the one and only Classical Kids.

Richard-Hamelin Plays Beethoven, March 12, 2022.

Richard-Hamelin Plays Beethoven

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giordano Bellincampi, conductor

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Respighi, Trittico Botticelliano

Schubert, Symphony No. 4

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4

VS Audience favourite Maestro Bellincampi is back with a program of music featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 and a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Described as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), Charles Richard-Hamelin’s playing is recognized as “fluent, multifaceted, and tonally seductive” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2015, Charles received the Silver Medal at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata.

Music of the Emerald Isles, March 26, 27, 2022.

Music of the Emerald Isles

Saturday, March 26, 8:00 pm / Sunday, March 27, 2:30 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Maria Millar, violin

A Juilliard trained violinist and Riverdance alumni, Maria Millar joins VS for a tour through the Emerald Isles with all things Irish. Ramble through misty moors and ancient castles of Ireland with foot-stomping ceilidhs of your favourite Celtic tunes including O’Danny Boy, Scotland the Brave and more.

Goodyear Plays Shostakovich, April 4, 2022.

Goodyear Plays Shostakovich

Monday, April 4 , 8:00 pm /  Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Barber, Souvenirs

Shostakovich, The Assault on Beautiful Gorky

R. Strauss, Adriadne auf Naxos: Overture and Dance Scene

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro: Overture

Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2

The gifted Canadian pianist, Stewart Goodyear, has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Victoria Symphony. For this next collaboration with VS, he and music director Christian Kluxen offer an intriguing program including music by Barber, R. Strauss and Mozart that culminates in a performance of Shostakovich’s light-hearted and charming Piano Concerto No. 2. Written in 1957, four years after the death of Stalin. This work almost stands alone in Shostakovich’s output in its unrestrained joy and exuberance.

Chooi Plays Korngold, April 9, 10, 2022.

Chooi Plays Korngold

Saturday, April 9 , 8:00 pm /  Sunday, April 10, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Timothy Chooi, violin

Schrecker, Ein Tanzspiel

Korngold,  Violin Concerto in D Major

Brahms Symphony No. 3

Strauss, An der Schönen blauen Donau

Brahms Symphony No. 3 has long been considered by critics and other composers as a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire. A balance of unifying form and romance, this symphony is Brahms at the summit of his expressive powers.  Also included in this program is an opportunity to welcome Victoria trained and now internationally acclaimed violinist, Timothy Chooi, for a performance of Korngold’s wildly virtuosic and enthralling Violin Concerto in D major.

Handel Coronation Anthems, April 30, 2022.

Handel Coronation Anthems

Saturday, April 30 , 8:00 pm / Christ Church Cathedral

Kathleen Allen, conductor

Victoria Children’s Choir

Handel, Coronation Anthems

Parry, I Was Glad

Elgar, Sursum corda for strings, brass and organ

VS joins forces with guest conductor, Kathleen Allan, the Victoria Children’s Choir, the Choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, and four vocal soloists for a thrilling performance of music written to celebrate British monarchs. Including Sir Charles H.H.Parry’s I Was Glad,  that was most recently performed at the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, and Handel’s majestic and joyful Coronation Anthems, this is music that will send a tingle down your spine.

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Abbey Road, May 7, 8, 2022.

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Abbey Road

Saturday, May 7,  8:00 pm / Sunday, May 8, 2:30 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Classical Mystery Tour Artists

The four musicians in “Classical Mystery Tour” look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert! The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear Penny Lane with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of Yesterday with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on I Am the Walrus and relish the cascading crescendos on A Day in the Life. From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them before.

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, May 14, 15, 2022.

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Saturday, May 14,  8:00 pm / Sunday, May 15, 2:30 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Alexandria Shiner, soprano

Meghan Latham, alto

Andrew Haji, tenor

James Westman, baritone

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 remains an unquestioned masterpiece for the ages, perhaps the most famous of the entire classical repertoire, celebrating humankind’s potential through a message of praise, passion and glory. A majestic season-ending celebration of music.