Spectacular Spring Gala

Online Gala Auction is now Closed.

Looking for something unique? Our online Gala Auction features some very exclusive items and experiences, as well as gift cards to help support our local businesses. There are rare bottles of Scotch, vintage wines, trips, dining out, some once in a lifetime experiences with our celebrities and musicians, and more.
There is something to appeal to almost every taste!
Over 77 items, totaling over $32,000+ in value!

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm PST


On May 8th, the Victoria Symphony will host a virtual Spectacular Spring Gala, built around the theme of Transformation. It will showcase beautiful orchestral music, renowned celebrities sharing their personal stories of how music transformed their lives, an optional Gourmet Gala Box with wine delivered to your home, and more!

Proceeds from our Virtual Gala will benefit our musicians throughout the pandemic and our re-imagined Youth Education  Programs.

Co-hosted by CTV Vancouver Island’s Adam Sawatsky and the Victoria Symphony’s CEO, Matthew White, this evening is sure to be transformative!

Deadline to buy tickets is 5pm PST, May 7, 2021.

If you can’t attend, but would like to support this fundraiser, please consider making a gift.

World renowned artists

World renowned artists will share a personal story of how music transformed their lives.

Christian Kluxen

Sean O’Loughlin

Josh Groban

Sarah McLachlan

Angela Hewitt

Timothy Chooi


The musical program we have chosen for our Symphony Gala is a celebration of the versatility of the Victoria Symphony. As an orchestra that plays a wide variety of music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary periods and beyond, we are proud of our ability to play in these sometimes radically different sound worlds with equal energy and commitment to appropriate style. This program provides a taste of four very different types of music that we love to play.

Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba 

Rossini – La Cambiale di Matrimonio  

Delius – On Hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring 

Bernstein (arr. Longfield/O’Loughlin) – Tonight from West Side Story

Learn more about the Spectacular Spring Gala repertoire.


Sit back and enjoy an extraordinary experience with gourmet charcuterie, cheese and desserts & wine in the comfort of your own home, benefitting a very worthy cause.

A very generous tax receipt will be provided.

Tickets: $100

Your $100 ticket will include a private link to this exclusive virtual Gala, sent the day of the Gala.  The Gala will be available for viewing with your link from May 8 at 6:30 until midnight on May 9. One ticket per household. Enjoy for yourself or gift to someone else! Ticket order deadline is May 7th at 5:00pm PST.

Gourmet add-on – NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Gourmet Gala Box: $100

Your Gourmet Gala Box features a tantalizing wine chosen by VESSEL WINES to perfectly pair with TOQUE CATERING’S gourmet charcuterie, cheeses and dessert platter for two. The Gourmet Gala Box add-on will be delivered to your home in advance of the performance. Orders must be placed by May 3rd at 5pm to ensure timely delivery to your door ahead of the Gala.

Gourmet Gala Box (Dessert ): $100

Your Gourmet Gala Box (dessert) features a tantalizing wine chosen by VESSEL WINES to perfectly pair with TOQUE CATERING’S dessert charcuterie platter for two. The Gourmet Gala Box (Dessert)  will be delivered to your home in advance of the performance. Orders must be placed by May 3rd at 5pm to ensure timely delivery to your door ahead of the Gala.

Please note – Gala Gourmet Box and wine deliveries available only on Lower Vancouver Island. 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Odlum Brown Limited is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Victoria Symphony’s 2021 Spectacular Spring virtual Gala. The arts matter in our community, perhaps even more during this time of social and economic difficulty. They unify, amplify and inspire us by fostering creativity, relieving pressure and building bridges – ultimately creating stronger communities.

As one of the premier arts organizations in the region, the Victoria Symphony brings energy, inspiration and joy to its many audiences. Through world-class performances, diverse programing and community outreach, they elevate the arts and provide meaningful engagement.

At Odlum Brown, we invest for our clients’ futures. We also invest in the communities where our clients and team members live and work. Through our partnership with the Victoria Symphony, we are able to support the future of arts programming and foster a culture of giving and philanthropy in our community. We have witnessed first-hand the incredible work the Victoria Symphony does and their impact and contributions towards cultivating a vibrant cultural society, and we are honoured to be this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Peter Jando

Branch Manager, Director

Odlum Brown Limited

Gourmet Gala Boxes

Gourmet Gala Boxes (In-Kind)

Celebrity Sponsors

Michael Warren, Madrona Gallery

Linda Pendray

Concert Sponsor

Video Production Partner

Media Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Thank you to our Gala Chairs

Jean and Alan Hollingworth

Thank you to our Auction Committee

Valerie Raymond, Chair

Sheridan Scott

Wendy Clay

Tony Joe

John McLeod

Joanie Hesketh

Morgan Balderson

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.