Giuseppe Pietraroia, associate conductor with the Victoria Symphony, spoofs in Chinatown in this photo from the VSO’s new season brochure. Courtesy Victoria Symphony

Irish Tenors an early Christmas present for Victoria Symphony supporters

VSO announces its 2018/19 season highlights to appreciative crowd at UVic

The Victoria Symphony launched its 2018/19 season on Wednesday at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium, unveiling concert details for Maestro Christian Kluxen’s second season as music director.

The season’s lineup includes a cross-section of returning guest artists including Lorraine Min and Stewart Goodyear, as well as international artists Tasmin Little and Leonardo Colafelice making their first appearances in Victoria.

Kluxen and Symphony CEO Kathryn Laurin announced the season in front of hundreds of supporters, which elicited some oohs and aahs from the audience.

The announcement of the Irish Tenors as the Christmas special received plenty of applause.

In his second season as musical director, Kluxen will present a broad range of his favourite pieces alongside a lineup of phenomenal artists. The season opens with the dramatic Mahler Symphony No. 4 and closes with Wagner’s Lohengrin Act III complete with a cast of international soloists and the Victoria Choral Society.

Other musical highlights at the Royal Theatre include pianist Lorraine Min performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, animateur Paul Rissmann joining the VS to undress Berlioz in Naked Classics: Symphonie Fantastique and Israeli-Canadian cellist Daniel Hass performing Tchaikovsky.

Sean O’Loughlin will make his debut as Principal Pops Conductor of the VS, bringing in music from Star Wars, Super Heroes & Villains, Broadway, Bernstein, The Best of Queen and a VS first: The Wizard of Oz. The film will be screened at the Royal Theatre accompanied by live orchestra.

The Classics series features the return of Maestra Tania Miller, baroque star Monica Huggett leading a baroque concert, violinist Tasmin Little and pianists Charlie Albright and Lukas Geniušas. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi will all be performed.

This season will again feature the VS performing over 50 concerts in our theatres and throughout our communities. Our main stage concert series remain the same this year, and we are thrilled to present three spectacular Masterworks series at the Royal Theatre in addition to our Classics series at the University of Victoria. VS Pops and Concerts for Kids as well as our New Music Festival and Holiday presentations will round out another remarkable season for the Victoria Symphony.

Tickets for all 2018-19 season concerts are now available to those renewing or purchasing six or more tickets or a new subscription. Please call 250-385-6515 or visit victoriasymphony.ca for details.

– Courtesy Victoria Symphony Orchestra

Just Posted

Victoria Royals on a roll heading into WHL season opening weekend

Team looks to gain revenge on Prince George after pre-season loss to Cougars

Indian and Western music combine at the Mary Winspear

Harry Manx and Emily Carr String Quartet play Sept. 23

Trio of high-powered explorers unveiled for new NatGeo Live season

Royal and McPherson Theatres Society bringing next wave of presenters to town

Frankenstein in Fernwood: Theatre Inconnu mounts gothic horror story

Director Ian Case adding another Halloween thriller to his resume

Victoria Symphony opens new season with return of Mahler, Berg compositions

Monday’s performance will also feature internally acclaimed soprano Leslie Ann Bradley

Musicians take note at Victoria music industry conference

Emerging artists and industry professionals come together at Rifflandia Gathering

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

VIDEO: Young B.C. musician sings with the Foo Fighters

Stranger Than Fiction’s Madi Duncan from Port Alberni was invited up on stage at the Vancouver show

Victoria’s Ethiopian community welcomes in the year 2011

Area residents celebrate Ethiopian New Year on Sept. 12, based on the Julian calendar

Mansbridge: iconic Canadian newsman coming to Sidney

Former host of CBC’s The National part of Mary Winspear Centre speaker series

Could #MeToo lead to equal pay for actresses?

Salma Hyeck says these once-taboo topics are the talk of the town, leading to change both on- and off-screen

Ken Lavigne sings your favourites (and his) on Islands concert tour

Popular tenor performing seven concerts at six venues over six days

Drake apologizes to fans for TIFF no-show, but offers little explanation

Drake offered his apologizes to moviegoers at Toronto International Film Festival, but gave little explanation as to why he bailed on his opening night event in the first place.

Most Read