Watch a season preview interview video with new CEO Matthew White and Music Director Christian Kluxen and read Matthew’s update below.
Additional Victoria Symphony 20/21 Virtual Season concerts will be announced shortly.
This is the Victoria Symphony’s promise to our audience, musicians, donors, sponsors, and to the broader arts loving community as well. It is at the core of what we value as an organization. Despite the current constraints, we are passionately committed to finding new and exciting ways to deliver on this inspiring mission and to keep us all connected in the process.
The first half of our 2020/21 Virtual Season has been designed to reflect the vibrancy, diversity, and creativity of our beloved musicians, our Music Director Christian Kluxen, and our Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin. The season will launch on October 1st at 7:30 pm with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring Concertmaster Terence Tam as soloist. Our plan is to share several virtual concerts over the coming weeks and months: some larger-scale concerts featuring the whole symphony, socially distanced on stage, and some featuring quartets and quintets playing live together from local venues that you know and love.
This is a unique opportunity for you to enjoy the Victoria Symphony on your own terms. You and others all over the world will be able to enjoy these events for free in HD from your living rooms, on the bus, or anywhere else as long as you have an internet connection and a device. Even though most people agree that the live concert experience will never be replaced by virtual concerts, digital technology has become incredibly flexible. By providing you with intimate interviews, backstage access, enhanced program notes, and other innovative online tools, we are confident you will see things from a new and different perspective that may ironically bring you closer to the orchestra!
Thanks to the support of our donors and government partners, our virtual season will be available for free. Increasing people’s accessibility to extraordinary music is one of the key benefits of online offerings and we wanted to make it clear to our entire community how grateful we are for your 80 years of ongoing support. This said, with the longer-term health of the organization in mind, I ask you to consider, if possible, making a tax-deductible donation at each of these virtual concerts in lieu of purchasing tickets. It will go a long way to help us keep the music playing.
I am delighted to have been chosen as the new CEO of this internationally recognized organization and will look forward to seeing you on October 1st!
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