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.
Christian Kluxen, Music Director