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VS Pops at the Cameron Bandshell

August 2 @ 5:00 pm

VS offers two free full orchestral concerts at the Cameron Bandshell in beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Take a bench seat, or bring a picnic, and enjoy an early evening concert featuring excerpts from our 2024/25 Pops Series including selections from The Sound of Music, E.T., The Mission, Wicked, and more!

Toot a trumpet! Visit a violin! Cuddle a cello! Arrive early to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 4 pm. The Instrument Petting Zoo gives children of all ages the opportunity to try a musical instrument. It’s a relaxing and fun way to spark a child’s interest in music and gives them a firsthand try at many different instruments. Our capable student volunteers will guide your child to the right way to hold, blow, or bow each instrument.

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.

Various, arr. Polster: That’s Entertainment
Horner: James Horner: Hollywood Blockbusters
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music
Lerner & Loewe: Camelot – Selections
Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe, from The Mission
Gershwin, arr. Sayre: I Got Rhythm
Portman: Emma: End Titles
Brooks, arr. Ricketts: The Producers
Korngold: The Sea Hawk – Suite
Loesser arr. Custer: Music from Guys and Dolls
Schwartz: Highlights from Wicked
Williams: Flying Theme, from E.T.

Media to come.


August 2
starts at 5:00 pm


Victoria Symphony


Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park
250 Bridge Way
Victoria, BC Canada
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Concert Programme

  • Various, arr. Polster
    That's Entertainment
  • Horner
    James Horner: Hollywood Blockbusters
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein
    The Sound of Music
  • Lerner & Loewe
    Camelot – Selections
  • Morricone
    Gabriel's Oboe, from The Mission
  • Gershwin, arr. Sayre
    I Got Rhythm
  • Portman
    Emma: End Titles
  • Brooks, arr. Ricketts
    The Producers
  • Korngold
    The Sea Hawk – Suite
  • Loesser, arr. Custer
    Music from Guys and Dolls
  • Schwartz
    Highlights from Wicked
  • Williams
    Flying Theme, from E.T.