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Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Britten

20 March 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Concert underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer

A strings-only program includes musical echoes of an earlier era from Grieg, a tune that brought a tear to Tolstoy’s eye, and Britten’s playful look back at  his own  youthful works. VS Concertmaster Terence Tam leads this hour long event brimming with melody.

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Terence Tam, musical direction

Consistently praised for his intense musicality and impressive technique, Canadian violinist Terence Tam has performed in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Europe and Japan as a recitalist and chamber musician. Currently concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, he also previously held this prestigious position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada. Tam has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada including those in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.  An active chamber musician, Tam’s performances have taken him to many festivals including those presented by the  Montreal Symphony, Sitka, Pender Harbour, Sarasota, Ravinia, Meadowmount, Banff, Aspen, Encore, Hamptons, Scotiafest, Sweetwater, Music in the Morning and La Conner music festivals. Tam made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1994 and his Paris concerto debut in 2000 playing the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Academy of 20th Century Music Orchestra.  His CD recording of composer Wim Zwaag’s Violin Concerto with the Victoria Symphony was chosen as one of CBC In Concert’s best classical recordings of 2011.

Mr. Tam’s musical studies took place at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School, Baltimore’s Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Music School in Germany.

Edvard Grieg (1843—1907)
From Holberg’s Time – Suite in Olden Style,  Op. 40

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893)
Andante cantabile 
Arr.  from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11

Benjamin Britten (1913—1976)
Simple Symphony, Op. 4
Boisterous Bourée
Playful Pizzicato
Sentimental Sarabande
Frolicsome Finale

BRITTEN: Simple Symphony
Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Benjamin Britten


20 March 2024
starts at 7:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Denford Hall at Glenlyon Norfolk School
781 Richmond Avenue
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Concert Programme

  • Grieg
    Holberg Suite
  • Tchaikovsky
    Andante cantabile
  • Britten
    Simple Symphony