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Classical Kids – Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery

14 October 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Vivaldi, Venice, and violins: all three are celebrated in Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, a compelling mystery story about an orphan girl in the early 1700s who is in search of her roots. Audiences will enjoy excerpts from Vivaldi’s most popular and important works, including the Four Seasons, the Violin Concerto in A minor, and the Guitar Concerto. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors solve a mystery built around the historic context of the composer’s real life and his school of the Pieta. This exciting concert and story performance is approximately 50 minutes in length.

Arrive early! Join us for an Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 2:00 pm in the Lobby. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get to know the cello and violin.

Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by

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

Concert underwritten by Sheridan Scott & David Zussman

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.

Click Here to read the Program Notes!

Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D Major
String Concerto
Spring, Mvmt. I
Piccolo Concerto
Autumn, Mvmt. I
Guitar Sonata
Concerto in A Minor
Winter, Mvmt. II
Guitar Concerto, Mvmt. II
Caldara Song
Guitar Concerto, Mvmt. III
Flute fragment from Il Gardellino
Double Violin Sonata
Trumpet Concert, Mvmt. I
Concerto Con Molti
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Mvmt. II
La Notte, Mvmt. I
Summer, Mvmt. III
Autumn, Mvmt. II
Winter Fragment
Summer, Mvmt. III
Il Gardellino, Mvmt. II
Caldara Song
Violin Sonata in F Major
Piccolo Concerto, Mvmt. I
Trumpet Concerto, Mvmt. III
Double Orchestra Concerto
Alla Rustica

[Synopsis from Classical Kids Music Education]

Read more here!



14 October 2023
starts at 3:00 pm


Victoria Symphony


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