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Mozart and Martinis

July 26 @ 5:00 pm

Start your weekend right with a cocktail, appetizers, and the excellence of the VS in the most intimate and informal of settings. One of our signature events, this highly social gathering takes the music you love outside the concert hall, offering an entirely different VS experience.

Doors open at 5:00 pm
Cocktail hour from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
VS Orchestra at 6:00 pm

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for the Victoria Symphony and newly appointed Principal Conductor of Pacific Opera Victoria. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Thunder Bay Symphony.

His extensive opera engagements with Pacific Opera Victoria include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Tosca, and Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep. In addition, he has conducted productions for l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Opéra de Québec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Brunswick, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal.

With Victoria Choral Society, where he was Music Director for seven seasons, Maestro Pietraroia conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Victoria Symphony, a choreographed production of Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems.

Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l’Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l’ADISQ and was also nominated for a JUNO award.

Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council’s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.

Mozart: Don Giovanni: Overture
Haydn: Symphony No. 73 – Mvt. IV
Mozart: Three German Dances
Salieri: Sinfonia in D “La Venziana” – Mvt. I
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” – Mvt. IV
Handel: Royal Fireworks Music – Mvt. III-V
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian” – Mvt. I

Don Giovanni Overture


July 26
starts at 5:00 pm


Victoria Symphony


The Atrium
800 Yates Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1L8 Canada
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Concert Programme

  • Mozart
    Don Giovanni: Overture
  • Haydn
    Symphony No. 73 – Mvt. IV
  • Mozart
    Three German Dances
  • Salieri
    Sinfonia in D "La Venziana" – Mvt. IV
  • Mozart
    Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" – Mvt. IV
  • Handel
    Royal Fireworks Music – Mvt. III-V
  • Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 4 "Italian" – Mvt. I