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Kluxen – Brahms Symphony No. 3

23 March 2025 @ 2:30 pm

The product of a summer’s holiday in 1883, Brahms’s Third Symphony has been described as being “…artistically the most perfect.” A single movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 was the inspiration for Britten to present a musical posy: What the Wildflowers Tell Me. The poetry of Pablo Neruda moved Peter Lieberson to create a song cycle for his wife, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, “one of the most extraordinarily affecting artistic gifts ever created by one lover to another.”

Choose five (5) or more concerts and a 25% discount will apply to the entire order.

Sundays at the Farquhar Series underwritten by Julie & Harry Swain
Concert and Allyson McHardy underwritten by Dr. Fritz & Dora Boehm
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Now in his eighth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada, Christian Kluxen is also in his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, following a five-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

Kluxen has been described in the press as “a dynamic, charismatic figure” who “forms the music with an impressive vertical power of emotion and a focus on the grand form”, conducting “with exemplary clarity and a heavenly warmth”. He is recognized for his sincere and transparent leadership, innovative programming and his bold, imaginative and energetic interpretations, showcased both in his MD and guest work.

Alongside his many and varied commitments with the Victoria Symphony and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, recent and forthcoming guest engagements include Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Pacific Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, and Norrköping Symphony. A fruitful and inspiring relationship with the Arctic Philharmonic, whom Kluxen led for five years as Chief Conductor, resulted in numerous exhilarating performances of a wide variety of repertoire, as well as several acclaimed recordings.


Program notes to come.

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897)
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro


Gustav Mahler (1860—1911)
What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
(arr. Britten from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor, Mvt II

Peter Lieberson (1946—2011)
Neruda Songs
I. Si no fuera porque tus ojos tienen color de luna (“If your eyes were not the colour of the moon”)
II. Amor, amor, las nubes a la torre del cielo (“Love, love, the clouds went up the tower of the sky”)
III. No estés lejos de mí un solo día, porque cómo (“Don’t go far off, not even for a day”)
IV. Ya eres mía. Reposa con tu sueño en mi sueño (“And now you’re mine. Rest with your dream in my dream”)
V. Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres (“My love, if I die and you don’t”)


“What the wild flowers tell me” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, 2nd movement, arranged by Benjamin Britten. Played by the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ariane Matiakh.



23 March 2025
starts at 2:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Farquhar at UVic
University Farquhar Auditorium, Ring Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada
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Concert Programme

  • Brahms
    Symphony No. 3
  • Mahler (Arr. Britten)
    What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
  • Peter Lieberson
    Neruda Songs