The Victoria Symphony has a varied schedule of concerts planned for January 2019, including a Pops Series performance Jan. 19 at the Royal Theatre featuring music from Star Wars and other science fiction movies and TV series. Courtesy Victoria Symphony

Symphony in Space: Star Wars themes pack a punch for Pops

Sci-fi concerts Jan. 19 part of busy month for the Victoria Symphony at the Royal Theatre

The various themes running through the soundtrack to Star Wars (original 1977 movie poster, right) have long been appreciated by Victoria Symphony fans of all ages.

The orchestra, under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin, helps audiences relive some of those dramatic Star Wars moments during two concerts Jan. 19 (2 and 8 p.m.) at the Royal Theatre. You’ll also hear dramatic excerpts from the themes that helped make other other sci-fi TV shows and films fan favourites, such as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

The VS kicks off 2019 on Tuesday, Jan. 1 (2:30 p.m.) with A Viennese New Years, featuring the music of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries. Vocal soloists Miriam Khalil and Benjamin Butterfield join dancers from Ballet Victoria for this afternoon of music, dance and song.

The Concerts for Kids series continues at the Royal on Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. with Big Bongo, featuring the symphony’s percussion section, who bring out their big instruments and demonstrate the variety of noises and sounds that can be recreated in music. An instrument petting zoo happens in the lobby at 1:30.

The orchestra rounds out the month with Hass plays Tchaikovsky , featuring cellist Daniel Hass on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

More information can be found at victoriasymphony.ca and tickets are available online at rmts.bc.ca.

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