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2019/20 Season

2019/20 Season Brochure

Introducing the 19/20 Season

I am thrilled to present our new season which illustrates the Victoria Symphony as a leading force in our community, as well as our ability to reach across the world of great symphonic music.

Beethoven 250 is our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Playing all his symphonies in four consecutive weeks will be a tremendous event, representing the intimate bond that Beethoven’s music has created for us since the beginning of my tenure.

Under the Northern Lights will focus on music from my home of Scandinavia, mirrored by masterpieces from outside the Nordic region. In the Masterworks Series we proudly present our first overseas co-commission, introducing accordion phenomenon Bjarke Mogensen premiering a new concerto by legendary Danish composer Poul Ruders. We are visited by Swedish virtuoso Tobias Ringborg, acting as both violin soloist and conductor, in music by Grieg, Stenhammar and Dvorák. In our Explorations Series, Norway’s leading composer Rolf Wallin is featured with his breathtaking Manyworlds 3D, enhanced by three-dimensional video art by Boya Bøckman.

In our Classics Series, we present Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg’s exceptional Violin Concerto No. 1, which has already become a true “classic” within the repertoire. Our dynamic Pops Series will feature Ballet Victoria, the music of Frank Sinatra, Celtic music with violinist Maria Millar, and a stunning production with Cirque de la Symphonie. And we look forward to welcoming Canadian Brass as our Christmas Special.

Alongside a phenomenal lineup of Canadian artists, we’ve managed to attract some new exciting names, including winner of the German Conducting Prize and Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Leo McFall, as well as young American violinist Stefan Jackiw, who has already appeared with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.

Through Naked Classics, presented by award-winning music education animateur Paul Rissmann, we continue our commitment to innovating concert forms and building new audiences. This is the concert to bring along someone you’d like to introduce to the great world of symphonic music!

I am particularly looking forward to our grand season finale featuring Gustav Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 3. It will be a monumental conclusion to a season packed with remarkable programming and extraordinary music.

Welcome!

Christian Kluxen, Music Director

Browse by series…

Bellincampi Conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann

Saturday, October 5, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giordano Bellincampi, conductor / Stefan Jackiw, violin

Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz
Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin
Schumann, Symphony No. 2


Dvořák From the New World

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm /  Farquhar at UVic

Tobias Ringborg, conductor and violin

Grieg, Symphonic Dances
Stenhammar, Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra
Svendsen, Romance
Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 5 & 3

Saturday, March 7, 8:00 pm / Farqhuar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3


Yoon Plays Lalo

Saturday, April 4, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Bernhard Gueller, conductor / Brian Yoon, cello

de Falla, Three-Cornered Hat (Suite No. 1)
Lalo, Concerto for Cello
Franck, Symphony in D Minor


Mahler Symphony No. 3

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano / Women of the Victoria Choral Society / Victoria Children’s Choir

Mahler, Symphony No. 3

Bellincampi Conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann

Sunday, October 6, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giordano Bellincampi, conductor /  Stefan Jackiw, violin

Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz
Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin
Schumann, Symphony No. 2


Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Sunday, November 10, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Bjarke Mogensen, accordion

Danish String Quartet, Nordic Suite
Ruders, SOUND and SIMPLICITY, Seven Pillars of Music for Accordion and Orchestra
Sibelius, Symphony No. 5


Naked Classics: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Sunday, February 2, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Paul Rissmann, animateur

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 1 & 9

Sunday, March 22, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Alexandria Shiner, soprano / Megan Latham, mezzo-soprano / Andrew Haji, tenor / Dashon Burton, bass / Victoria Choral Society

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”


Mahler Symphony No. 3

Sunday, May 17, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano / Women of the Victoria Choral Society / Victoria Children’s Choir

Mahler, Symphony No. 3

Rachmaninoff & Brahms

Monday, September 23, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Georgy Tchaidze, piano

Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms, Symphony No. 1


Naked Classics: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Monday, February 3, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Paul Rissmann, animateur

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”


Beethoven 250: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 9

Monday, March 23, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Alexandria Shiner, soprano / Megan Latham, mezzo-soprano / Andrew Haji, tenor / Dashon Burton, bass / Victoria Choral Society

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”


Cheng Plays Beethoven

Monday, May 4, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Leo McFall, conductor / Angela Cheng, piano

Kulesha, Northern Lights Overture
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2
Schubert, Symphony No. 1


A Fantasia of Dance

Saturday, September 28, 8:00 pm / Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Ballet Victoria, (Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director)


Old Blue Eyes: Music of Frank Sinatra

Saturday, November 2, 8:00 pm / Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Tony DeSare, entertainer


Magic of the Holidays

Saturday, December 14, 8:00 pm / Sunday, December 15, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Betty Waynne Allison, soprano / Vox Humana Chamber Choir


Shaken, Not Stirred: Music from James Bond and Other Spies

Saturday, January 25, 8:00 pm / Sunday, January 26, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / David Curry, tenor


Music of the Emerald Isles

Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm / Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Maria Millar, violin/fiddle


Cirque Goes to the Theatre

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 pm / Sunday, May 10, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Cirque de la Symphonie

Haydn & Beethoven

Sunday, October 20, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Eric Lu, piano

Gluck, Dance of the Furies & Chaconne from Orphée et Euridice
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4
Haydn, Symphony No. 101


Tam Plays Lindberg

Sunday, November 17, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Terence Tam, violin

Larson, Pastoral Suite
Lindberg, Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart, Symphony No. 40


Min Plays Schumann

Sunday, February 23, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Jean-Claude Picard, conductor / Lorraine Min, piano

Haydn, L’isola Disabilata
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
Bizet, Symphony in C


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 2, 4 & 7

Thursday, March 12, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4
Beethoven, Symphony No. 7


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 6 & 8

Sunday, March 15, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8


Fortunata Sings Mozart

Sunday, April 19, 2:30 pm / Farqhuar at UVic

Stilian Kirov, conductor / Aviva Fortunata, soprano

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro: Overture; Porgi, amor; Dove sono
Mozart, Così Fan Tutte: Overture, Come scoglio
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Overture; Non mi dir
Mozart, Idomeneo: D’Oreste D’ajace
Mozart, Symphony No. 36 “Linz”

The Snowman         

Sunday, December 8, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor


Wall to Wall Percussion

Sunday, February 16, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor / Vern Griffiths, solo percussion


Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Sunday, April 5, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor / Classical Kids

Magic of the Holidays

Saturday, December 14, 8:00 pm / Sunday, December 15, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Betty Waynne Allison, soprano / Vox Humana Chamber Choir


Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 20, 8:00 pm / Sunday, December 22, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at Uvic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano / Andrea Hill, alto / Josh Lovell, tenor / Brett Polegato, baritone / Victoria Choral Society


Canadian Brass

Saturday, December 21, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic


A Viennese New Years

Wednesday, January 1, 2:30 pm  / Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Adam Luther, tenor / Ballet Victoria

Manyworlds 3D

Saturday, November 23, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Bill Linwood, conductor

Mayo, Strangely Elated
Goddard, Thirst (World Premiere)
Butler, Under Bleak Skies
Wallin, Manyworlds 3D


Kluxen Confronts Zappa

Saturday, February 8, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Varèse, Intégrales
Zappa, The Dog Breath Variations: Uncle Meat/Dog Meat
Lizée, 8-bit Urbex
Zappa, Be-Bop Tango
Varèse, Déserts (with live video)


Other Echoes

Saturday, April 25, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Bill Linwood, conductor

 

de Castro-Robinson (NZ), Other echoes
Llugdar, (ARG/CDN) El canto del viento
Palmer (NZ/CDN) Swerve
Höstman (CDN), Snow Variations
Holmes (NZ), Aquae Sulis

Browse by date…

Rachmaninoff & Brahms

Monday, September 23, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Georgy Tchaidze, piano

Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms, Symphony No. 1


A Fantasia of Dance

Saturday, September 28, 8:00 pm / Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Ballet Victoria, (Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director)

Bellincampi Conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann

Saturday, October 5, 8:00 pm / Sunday, October 6, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giordano Bellincampi, conductor / Stefan Jackiw, violin

Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz
Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin
Schumann, Symphony No. 2


Haydn & Beethoven

Sunday, October 20, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Eric Lu, piano

Gluck, Dance of the Furies & Chaconne from Orphée et Euridice
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4
Haydn, Symphony No. 101


Old Blue Eyes: Music of Frank Sinatra

Saturday, November 2, 8:00 pm / Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Tony DeSare, entertainer


Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Sunday, November 10, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Bjarke Mogensen, accordion

Danish String Quartet, Nordic Suite
Ruders, SOUND and SIMPLICITY, Seven Pillars of Music for Accordion and Orchestra
Sibelius, Symphony No. 5


Tam Plays Lindberg

Sunday, November 17, 2:30 pm / Farquhar At UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Terence Tam, violin

Larson, Pastoral Suite
Lindberg, Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart, Symphony No. 40


Manyworlds 3D

Saturday, November 23, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Bill Linwood, conductor

Mayo, Strangely Elated
Goddard, Thirst (World Premiere)
Butler, Under Bleak Skies
Wallin, Manyworlds 3D

Dvořák From the New World

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Tobias Ringborg, conductor and violin

Grieg, Symphonic Dances
Stenhammar, Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra
Svendsen, Romance
Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)


The Snowman

Sunday, December 8, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor


Magic of the Holidays

Saturday, December 14, 8:00 pm / Sunday, December 15, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Betty Waynne Allison, soprano / Vox Humana Chamber Choir


Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 20, 8:00 pm / Sunday, December 22, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano / Andrea Hill, alto / Josh Lovell, tenor / Brett Polegato, baritone /  Victoria Choral Society


Canadian Brass

Saturday, December 21, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic


A Viennese New Years

Wednesday, January 1, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor / Adam Luther, tenor / Ballet Victoria

Shaken, Not Stirred: Music from James Bond and Other Spies

Saturday, January 25, 8:00 pm / Sunday, January 26, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / David Curry, tenor


Naked Classics: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Sunday, February 2, 2:30 pm (Farquhar at UVic) / Monday, February 3, 8:00 pm (Royal Theatre)

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Paul Rissmann, animateur

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”


Kluxen Confronts Zappa

Saturday, February 8, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Varèse, Intégrales
Zappa, The Dog Breath Variations: Uncle Meat/Dog Meat
Lizée, 8-bit Urbex
Zappa, Be-Bop Tango
Varèse, Déserts (with live video)


Wall to Wall Percussion

Sunday, February 16, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor / Vern Griffiths, solo percussion


Min Plays Schumann

Sunday, February 23, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Jean-Claude Picard, conductor / Lorraine Min, piano

Haydn, L’isola Disabilata
Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor
Bizet, Symphony in C

Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 5 & 3

Saturday, March 7, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 2, 4 & 7

Thursday, March 12, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4
Beethoven, Symphony No. 7


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 6 & 8

Sunday, March 15, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8


Beethoven 250: Symphonies No. 1 & 9

Sunday, March 22, 2:30 pm (Farquhar at UVic) / Monday, March 23, 8:00 pm (Royal Theatre)

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Alexandria Shiner, soprano / Megan Latham, mezzo-soprano / Andrew Haji, tenor / Dashon Burton, bass / Victoria Choral Society

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”


Music of the Emerald Isles

Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm / Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Maria Millar, violin/fiddle

Yoon Plays Lalo

Saturday, April 4, 8:00 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Bernhard Gueller, conductor / Brian Yoon, cello

de Falla, Three-Cornered Hat (Suite No. 1)
Lalo, Concerto for Cello
Franck, Symphony in D Minor


Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Sunday, April 5, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Maestro Joey, conductor / Classical Kids


Fortunata Sings Mozart

Sunday, April 19, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Stilian Kirov, conductor / Aviva Fortunata, soprano

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro: Overture; Porgi, amor; Dove sono
Mozart, Così Fan Tutte: Overture, Come scoglio
Mozart, Don Giovanni: Overture; Non mi dir
Mozart, Idomeneo: D’Oreste D’ajace
Mozart, Symphony No. 36 “Linz”


Other Echoes

Saturday, April 25, 8:00 pm / Dave Dunnet Theatre

Bill Linwood, conductor

de Castro-Robinson (NZ), Other echoes
Llugdar, (ARG/CDN) El canto del viento
Palmer (NZ/CDN) Swerve
Höstman (CDN), Snow Variations
Holmes (NZ), Aquae Sulis

Cheng Plays Beethoven

Monday, May 4, 8:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Leo McFall, conductor / Angela Cheng, piano

Kulesha, Northern Lights Overture
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2
Schubert, Symphony No. 1


 Cirque Goes to the Theatre

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 pm / Sunday, May 10, 2:00 pm / Royal Theatre

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor / Cirque de la Symphonie


Mahler Symphony No. 3

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 pm / Sunday, May 17, 2:30 pm / Farquhar at UVic

Christian Kluxen, conductor / Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano / Women of the Victoria Choral Society / Victoria Children’s Choir

Mahler, Symphony No. 3