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Kluxen – Strauss’ Four Last Songs

September 15 @ 2:30 pm

In a time of darkness, beauty can still emerge. In the landscape of mid-century politics, war and oppression, Strauss and Shostakovich were both victims of circumstance. In the twilight of his years, Strauss reflected on our walk through life towards death, and beyond. Shostakovich’s Tenth mirrors the terror he experienced under Stalin’s rule, but ultimately his triumph at simply outliving the dictator. Humanity can prevail – a reflection as relevant today as it was 70+ years ago.

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

Sundays at the Royal Series underwritten by Jill Gibson
Concert underwritten by Commodore & Mrs. Jan Drent and Dr. Fritz & Dora Boehm
Christian Kluxen underwritten by Sandra Lackenbauer
Aviva Fortunata underwritten by Julie & Harry Swain

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.

Richard Strauss (1864—1949)
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)

“Frühling” (Spring)
“September” (September)
“Beim Schlafengehen” (Going to Sleep)
“Im Abendrot” (In the glow of evening)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906—1975)
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Andante; Allegro

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10
Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski



September 15
starts at 2:30 pm


Victoria Symphony


Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St + Google Map

Concert Programme

  • R. Strauss
    Four Last Songs
  • Shostakovich
    Symphony No. 10