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Bach, Rameau, and Respighi

October 25 @ 7:30 pm

Concert underwritten by Matthew White & Catherine Webster

A three-concert series of smaller scale orchestral programs presented in the intimate setting of Denford Hall at Glenlyon Norfolk School. Ticket price includes wine tastings and a post-concert after party with artists on stage. Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia kicks off this new series with a selection of Baroque and Baroque-inspired favourites. Join the Victoria Symphony for a unique and intimate exploration.

VS Onstage @ Denford Hall concerts are not included in subscription purchase discount.

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for both the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Thunder Bay Symphony.

His extensive opera engagements with Pacific Opera include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Tosca, and Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep. In addition, he has conducted productions for l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Québec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Brunswick, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal.

With Victoria Choral Society, where he was Music Director for seven seasons, Maestro Pietraroia conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Victoria Symphony, a choreographed production of Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems.

Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l’Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l’ADISQ and was also nominated for a JUNO award.

Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council’s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.

Ottorino Respighi (1879—1936)
Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1 (16’)
Balletto detto “Il conte Orlando”
Passo mezzo e mascherada

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683—1764)
Dardanus Suite No. 1 & 2 (SELECTIONS)
Tambourins  (adding tenor drum)
Air grave
Rondeau du Sommeil
Rondeau gai

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) 
Orchestral Suite No. 4  BWV 1069 
Bourée I & II 

BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4
Performed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra


RAMEAU:  Les Boréades, Suite
Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Minasi


October 25
starts at 7:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Denford Hall at Glenlyon Norfolk School
781 Richmond Avenue
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Concert Programme

  • Respighi
    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1
  • Rameau
    Dardanus Suite
  • Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 4