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Kluxen & Chooi – Barber Violin Concerto

November 17 @ 2:30 pm

Even as a fledgling conductor, a 16-year-old Christian Kluxen was already taken with Tchaikovsky’s music. Its mix of romantic beauty with bittersweet melancholy pairs well with Barber’s Violin Concerto, especially as interpreted by the internationally-renowned, Victoria-born violinist, Timothy Chooi. Rodney Sharman’s update of Scarlatti’s music provides a modern perspective of its easy-going virtuosity and surprising dissonances.

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Sundays at the Royal Series underwritten by Jill Gibson
Concert underwritten by Dr. Fritz & Dora Boehm
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer
Timothy Chooi underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer and Dr. Fritz & Dora Boehm

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.

Rodney Sharman (1958— )

Samuel Barber (1910—1981)
Violin Concerto, Op. 14
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto in moto perpetuo


Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893)
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
I. Andante – Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

Media links to come.


November 17
starts at 2:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St + Google Map

Concert Programme

  • Rodney Sharman
  • Barber
    Violin Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5