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Music By The Sea

Unique festival runs January 11 to 16 at Victoria International Marina

  • Jan. 11, 2022 11:25 a.m.

Where else can you hear a world-class string quartet, one of Canada’s most-loved jazz singer/pianists, a solo baritone guitarist, a jazz trio, a classical piano trio, a jazz quartet and a quintet all on the same concert in luxury seating, in a luxury venue, looking at Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour by the sea?

Music By The Sea, a unique festival of classical and jazz chamber music concerts—presented by a company of some of Canada’s most innovative and interesting musicians—is set to run January 11 to 16 at Victoria International Marina, located at 1 Cooperage Place.

Artistic director Christopher Donison’s vision is that “good, listenable music transcends genres—and need not be presented separately.”

Each concert in Music By The Sea’s January 2022 festival therefore features both classical and jazz music performances.

Music By The Sea will present, among others, the Borealis String Quartet, a Canadian top-tier string quartet; the Aurora Trio, a dynamic piano/violin/cello trio; Louise Rose, a treasured Canadian gospel-tinged jazz singer and pianist, with her Great American Songbook Trio; and such acclaimed Canadian jazz musicians as trumpeter Brad Turner, pianist Attila Fias, saxophonist Ryan Oliver, bassist Neil Swainson, drummer Joe Poole and baritone guitarist Elliot Freedman.

With its directors having previously run major festivals, Music By The Sea will diligently adhere to provincial COVID-19 directives and guidelines—and indeed, out of an abundance of caution, this Victoria concert series was deferred from August 2021 to January 2022. Music By The Sea is thrilled that audiences and musicians responded positively, that ticket sales suggest near-full attendance, and that there will be six nights of very special “music by the sea” from January 11 to 16.

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