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Kluxen & Pouliot – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

2 February 2025 @ 2:30 pm

“Oh, how difficult it is to make anyone see and feel in music what we see and feel ourselves.” Early, temperamental reactions to his Violin Concerto must have stung Tchaikovsky, but it’s now a firm favourite of countless violinists, including Canada’s Blake Pouliot. A set of comic portraits of personality types, or temperaments, triggered Nielsen to recreate them in musical form, from the introverted (melancholic and phlegmatic) to the extroverted (choleric and sanguine). Composer Missy Mazzoli’s mesmeric Sinfonia is music ‘in the shape of the solar system,’ weaving and coiling itself in a sequence of pulsing loops.

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 underwritten by Natexa Verbrugge
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer
Blake Pouliot underwritten by George Lovick

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Now in his eighth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony, 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.

Missy Mazzoli (1980— )
Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo


Carl Nielsen (1865—1931)
Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 “The Four Temperaments”
I. Allegro collerico (Choleric)
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico (Phlegmatic)
III. Andante malincolico (Melancholic)
IV. Allegro sanguineo (Sanguine)

Blake Pouliot performs Sibelius Violin Concerto



2 February 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

  • Missy Mazzoli
    Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
  • Tchaikovsky
    Violin Concerto in D major
  • Nielsen
    Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”