Giuseppe Pietraroia, associate conductor with the Victoria Symphony, spoofs in Chinatown. He’ll get down to business, with a little fun included, during the symphony’s annual Beer and Beethoven event on the Breakwater Barge, July 27. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony

Enjoy a scintillating summer with the Symphony

Variety of events and venues allow you to take in the best in classical music

By Rae Porter

Monday Magazine contributor

Could there be a more idyllic way to pass time than to stroll along the Ogden Point Breakwater; sea breeze warm against your face, sunbeams bouncing off the ocean waves, all framed by the impressive outline of the Olympic Mountains.

What if you added the soaring melodies of some of the great classical composers; Beethoven, Handel, Strauss, performed by the talented musicians of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Add to that a cold beer or sweet, summer cider, and well, that’s damn near paradise.

Now in its third year, the VSO’s wildly successful Beer & Beethoven event, and it’s sister concert Mozart & Martinis, are a dab hand at creating such moments of magic, as well as introducing a whole new audience to the work of the orchestra and the realm of classical music in general.

“We have some familiar faces, but plenty of new ones too,” says Jill Smillie, VSO director of marketing. “It’s a very different concert experience and very accessible to everyone, even if they aren’t familiar with classical music. To watch a cruise ship dock as you listen to Beethoven is a pretty incredible experience!”

Thanks to sponsor Island Savings, the VSO has been able to add a second performance to this year’s sure-to-sell-out event on Saturday, July 27. Led by conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia and taking place on The Breakwater Barge, the concerts start at 2:30 and 5:00 p.m., respectively, and feature classic compositions such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (mvt. 4) and Handel’s Water Music (mvt. 1 & 6).

Of course, majestic waterfront performances are not the only thing lined up for the orchestra this summer.

Their multi-event Symphony in the Summer festival will also see them perform at Butchart Gardens on July 24, followed by an appearance at Christ Church Cathedral on the 31st. Closing out their summer series on Aug. 4 in the Inner Harbour is the always magnificent Victoria Symphony Splash, now in its 30th year.

“What I like about summer is the variety in venues,” Smillie says. “It’s a great opportunity for the Symphony to get out into the community and share the experience of extraordinary live music.”

We’re lucky enough to live in a pretty awe-inspiring place, so it seems only fair that there should be an equally awe-inspiring soundtrack to accompany it, and that’s something the VSO is more than happy to provide.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Victoria Symphony musical director Christian Kluxen gets ready for the annual Victoria Symphony Splash, happening this year Aug. 4 in the Inner Harbour. Photo contributed

Just Posted

Get the funky seasonal spirit with The Funk Hunters

Fifth annual Funk the Halls extravaganza plays two shows at Capital Ballroom, Dec. 6-7

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus presents Christmas in Bohemia

Annual holiday concert set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Sooke and Colwood

Get pampered while supporting mental health initiatives at Unwrap the Glam Gala

Hudson’s Bay raises funds at glamourous annual event

’Tis the season for holiday cheer with a Ken Lavigne Christmas

Enjoy the magic of the season with the region’s largest indoor snowball fight

Free De-Stress Fest at UVic open to students, community

Friday event features performances by spoken word artists, prizes, food and more

We Are One! celebrates solidarity, inclusion with song and dance

Nov. 30 performance includes performers from across Greater Victoria

Disney Plus streaming service hits Canada with tech hurdles

Service costs $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, in Canada

Remembrance Day services: where to pay your respects in Greater Victoria

Memorial events happening around the region on Nov. 11

Most Read