The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.
Enjoy monthly Victoria Symphony concerts on your own terms. You and others all over the world will be able to enjoy these events for free in HD from your living rooms, on the bus or anywhere you have an internet connection and a device. Even though most agree that the live concert experience will never be replaced by virtual concerts, digital technology has become incredibly flexible. By providing you with intimate interviews, backstage access and other innovative online tools, we are confident you will enjoy your virtual symphony experience.
Thanks to the support of our donors and government partners, our virtual season is available for free. Increasing people’s accessibility to extraordinary music is one of the key benefits of online offerings and we wanted to make it clear to our entire Victoria Symphony community how grateful we are for your 80 years of ongoing support.
2020/21 Virtual Season Highlights
September 23: 8:00 pm
Join Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia for highlights of the Victoria Symphony’s transformational 2020-21 Virtual Season.
Excerpts include music by Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Copland and others.
Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation
October 14, 8:00 pm
Felix Mendelssohn’s awe-inspiring Symphony No. 5 is otherwise known as The Reformation Symphony and is led in this performance by Quebec-based conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, it is performed here in the nave of Christ Church Cathedral Victoria accompanied by that church’s magnificent organ.
Schubert Symphony No. 9, The Great
November 18, 8:00 pm
For his long-awaited return, VS Music Director, Christian Kluxen leads Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. Known as The Great, this work is strongly linked to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Despite acknowledging Beethoven’s influence by quoting the famous Ode to Joy theme, Schubert’s own uniquely powerful voice demonstrates why he was daring enough to endure direct comparison with such a towering cultural figure.
December 22, 8:00 pm
Celebrate the season with VS’s traditional concert of yuletide cheer! Maestro Sean O’Loughlin and tenor David Curry return to delight you with sentimental favourites. Featuring such favorites as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Life, this is a must see of the Christmas Season and a sure way to get you into the holiday spirit.
Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
January 20, 8:00 pm
Canadian Guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni leads a sensual program of music for the strings of the Victoria Symphony featuring Vaughan Williams’ rhapsodic masterpiece, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Beethoven Symphony No. 2
February 17, 8:00 pm
Join Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony for the youthful energy of Symphony No. 2.
Haydn Symphonies, Morning, Noon, and Night
March 17, 8:00 pm
This trilogy of early Haydn symphonies is inspired by the different times of day – Morning, Noon, and Night. Regular VS collaborator and Music Director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann, leads from the harpsichord.
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
April 14, 8:00 pm
In its exceptional vigour and famous opening notes, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 remains one of the most significant symphonies in the classical canon.
Brahms Symphony No. 3
May 19, 8:00 pm
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.