Maestra Tania Miller served as music director for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra for 14 years. Photo contributed

Maestra Tania Miller makes triumphant return to Victoria Symphony

Longtime music director guides orchestra accompanying Juno-winning pianist Alain Lefevre

After 14 seasons as music director of the Victoria Symphony, Tania Miller returns to the Royal Theatre this Saturday (March 3) to conduct Juno-award winning pianist Alain Lefevre and the Victoria Symphony in an all-Rachmaninoff program.

“I am so excited to be back in Victoria for the beautiful, expressive and soaring music of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2,” said Maestra Miller.

“I’ve never conducted this work with the Victoria Symphony before and I think it will reflect every emotion that I have about being back and conducting this beloved orchestra. Always I have loved working with Alain Lefevre, and I think it will be incredibly interesting for all of us to experience our first live performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and to finish the cycle of all four of his piano concerti (the First concerto opening last year). I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful people of Victoria!”

Lefevre tackles Rachmaninoff’s fourth Piano Concerto, a virtuosic gem incorporating the orchestra into the musical fabric of the piece. An international star, Lefevre has been a guest soloist of great orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, China Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony. Last seen in Victoria in September 2013, he has performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti No. 2 and No. 3 with the VS, but No. 4 is a first for the Victoria Symphony audience.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 will be performed for the first time in 30 years at the Royal Theatre. The symphony represents a turning point in Rachmaninoff’s career: he moved from being a concert pianist to a composer. The beautifully crafted work creates emotional impact for the listener; it’s an epic symphony that never loses momentum, culminating in a decisive and powerful conclusion.

Limited tickets are still available for Maestra Miller’s return.

Call 250-385-6515 for details.

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