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Kluxen – Liszt & Lieder

November 24 @ 2:30 pm

Poetry, mystical texts, and an angelic altarpiece tie together this program of divine inspiration. Lyric tenor Josh Lovell returns home to Victoria to sing Finzi’s rhapsodic cantata and some of Strauss’s exquisite lieder in rich orchestral settings. Alongside the inspired ecstasy of Lizst’s tone poem and Hindemith’s imaginative symphonic portrait, their spiritual connections will be unveiled.

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
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer
Concert underwritten by Millingtons: Trustees of The Lou Williamson Scholarship Fund
Josh Lovell 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.

Franz Liszt (1811—1886)
Les Préludes, (Symphonic Poem No. 3)

Gerald Finzi (1901—1956)
Dies natalis, Op. 8
Intrada (strings)
Rhapsody (recitativo stromentato)
The Rapture (Danza)
Wonder (Arioso)
The Salutation (Aria)


R. Strauss (1864—1949)
Five orchestral songs
Heimliche Aufforderung (The Lovers’ Pledge) Op. 27 No. 3 ✝
Allerseelen (All Souls’ Day) Op. 10 No. 8 ✝
Morgen! (Tomorrow!) Op. 27 No. 4 *
Zueignung (Dedication) Op. 10 No. 1 ✝
Cæcilie (Cecilie) Op. 27 No. 2 *
*orch. R. Strauss ✝orch. Robert Heger

Paul Hindemith (1895—1945)
Mathis der Maler (Symphony)
I. Engelskonzert (Angelic Concert)
II. Die Grablegung (Entombment)
III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (Temptation of St. Anthony)

Tamino’s aria “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Performed by Josh Lovell, tenor



November 24
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

  • Liszt
    Les Préludes
  • Finzi
    Dies natalis
  • R. Strauss
    Five Orchestral Songs: Heimliche Aufforderung / Allerseelen / Morgen! / Zueignung / Cæcilie
  • Hindemith
    Symphony – Mathis der Maler