As the third event in our focus on Robert Schumann’s world, VS music director Christian Kluxen conducts Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Described as being “overpowering in its wealth of expression” and of “balancing light and dark”, this work reveals the relationship in art between Schumann and Beethoven. Also on the program are Mahler’s Five songs for orchestra and mezzo-soprano based on poems written by Friedrich Rückert, and a new work by Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith commissioned by VS with the support of the Hugh Davidson Foundation and in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony. This is the first concert in a series that pairs works by four diverse Canadian composers with one of Schumann’s four symphonies.
The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.