The Best of Bond, courtesy of the Victoria Symphony

VS Pops Series continues with Shaken, Not Stirred, featuring music from legendary spy films

Modern symphony orchestras and their musical directors, when assembling their season schedule, make a point of mixing things up.

For every concert featuring the work of classic composers, there is a performance spotlighting contemporary music.

Sean O’Loughlin, the Victoria Symphony’s principal Pops Series conductor, is very familiar with the latter, having guided the orchestra for non-traditional shows with film-centric themes ranging from Star Wars and Wizard of Oz to last spring’s wildly popular The Best of Queen.

Fans of popular film theme music are in for a treat Jan. 25-26, when O’Loughlin and company take to the Royal Theatre stage to tackle Shaken, Not Stirred. The title, for those intimate with James Bond lore, is a direct reference to a line commonly quoted in bars by the fictional British Secret Service agent through that film anthology.

The orchestra will play the dramatic themes from such Bond favourites as Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Skyfall as well as the anthemic themes from the Mission Impossible and Pink Panther series. The performances will be buffeted by the addition of Toronto-based tenor David Curry, who Symphony regulars will remember from last season’s Pops Series opening concerts, Broadway and Bernstein.

The two shows run Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available online at rmts.bc.ca, by phone at 250-386-6121 or at the Royal Theatre box office.

If you enjoy the Pops Series, upcoming dates include:

• March 28-29, Music of the Emerald Isles – A concert featuring all things Irish, featuring Celtic fiddler and Riverdance alumna Maria Millar;

• May 9-10, Cirque Goes to the Theatre – An amazing combo of aerial and ground acrobatics from members of Cirque de la Symphonie, performed with the accompaniment of the orchestra playing classical and film music.

– Don Descoteau



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Live musicVictoria Symphony Orchestra

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Trudeau, Atwood say ‘happy birthday’ for Robert Bateman’s 90th

Famed Canadian artist and conservationist celebrated milestone this weekend

Vancouver Island man scores viral hit with stop-motion tribute to ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Todd Cameron used vintage Fisher Price toys to create one-minute music video

Colwood art centre shuts its doors indefinitely

Board members look for new location when feasible, continue online

Nanaimo drag queen organizes benefit show for hospitals and performers

Suga Honey Iced Tea to feature nine drag artists from Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver

Chris Lowther becomes Tofino’s second Poet Laureate

“It’s very encouraging and it’s motivating and that’s the greatest gift any writer can receive.”

Langford bartender hosts singalong livestream for seniors

Live Senior Singalong takes place daily at 1 p.m. on Facebook

Victoria dealer sells Batmobile replica at Arizona auction

Tim Quocksister sells Batmobile replica for $165,000 US at auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Cowichan Calligraphers mark 25 years of loving letters

For the past 25 years our group has worked regularly with the public.

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo releases 30-minute instrumental track

‘The Archaeus Cycle’ reflects on life during COVID-19 and the healing capability of music

Greater Victoria performer does ‘lawn tour’ for neighbourhood 7 p.m. shows

Stephanie Greaves started in Oak Bay and can’t keep up with requests

Most Read