Victoria Symphony fills the stage with holiday magic this winter season

Victoria B.C. – Victoria Symphony (VS) is back with holiday programming for all this December and January. Festive hits, annual favourites, and seasonal overtures are only the tip of the iceberg. Holiday concerts, running from December 9 to January 1, boast an all-star lineup that includes the first classical brass soloist ever to receive the Order of Canada, Jens Lindemann, and founding member of The Canadian Tenors, Ken Lavigne.

Holiday Concert Schedule:

Jens Lindemann – Christmas Pops: December 9, 7:30 pm & December 10, 2:30 pm | Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor
Jens Lindemann, trumpet

The holidays shimmer and shine with the Victoria Symphony and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann. As one of the pre-eminent performers of our time, Jens Lindemann brings his signature style and showmanship to our annual holiday tradition. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed as we bring Christmas Pops to brassy new heights.

Handel’s Messiah: December 15, 7:30 pm & December 17, 2:30 pm | Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Simona Genga, alto
Andrew Haji, tenor
Stephen Hegedus, baritone
Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Peter Butterfield, chorus master

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” Beginning with those simple words, one of the best-loved musical works continues to inspire, year over year. With the Victoria Symphony led by Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia and featuring four leading Canadian soloists as well as the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Handel’s sublime seasonal masterpiece Messiah delivers dramatic choruses and sublime solos. Hallelujah!

Ken Lavigne – We Need a Little Christmas: December 16, 7:30 pm, Royal Theatre | December 18, 7:30 pm, Dogwood Auditorium at Royal Roads University

Juliane Gallant, conductor, appearing courtesy of Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership Program
Ken Lavigne, vocalist

Vocalist Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. From show tunes and popular favourites to arias and Christmas classics, Ken’s lyric tenor voice spreads holiday cheer. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and Ken Lavigne will be sharing his musical gifts in concert with the Victoria Symphony

New Year’s Day Celebration: January 1, 2:30 pm | Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Lauren Margison, soprano
Members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus
Dancers from Ballet Victoria

It’s a resolution worth keeping! Revel with Giuseppe Pietraroia, the Victoria Symphony, and guests for our special New Year’s Day event. You’ll be welcomed with a sumptuous musical banquet of arias and choruses, glamorous dances, and much-loved instrumentals. So break out the bubbly and raise your glass!


Victoria Symphony (VS) is one of British Columbia’s largest performing arts organizations with nearly 60 main season concerts, education concerts, summer concerts, and performances in Duncan and Qualicum Beach. A medium-sized orchestra in size and scope, Victoria Symphony is recognized as a leader in the promotion of Canadian new music. Throughout the years, audiences have discovered the joy and exhilaration of an extraordinary symphonic experience, as we continue to grow artistically and our musicians perform with pride and passion.

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