Victoria Symphony

Victoria Symphony explores light and darkness in 2022/23 season

Single tickets now on sale for first full season since the pandemic

  • Oct. 19, 2022 7:30 a.m.

The Victoria Symphony (VS) proudly launched its 2022/23 season with Schubert Unfinished on Sunday, September 18 at 2:30 pm at the Royal Theatre.

Following two years of cancelled plans and shifting waves, the programming of the Austrian composer’s incomplete symphony was a tribute to work interrupted.

Single tickets are on sale now for all programs in the VS 2022/23 season.

“Our season ahead is an exploration of light and darkness. From exuberant joy to exquisite melancholy, from shimmering radiance to moody shadow, we will delve into music that reflects the full spectrum of human experience,” says Christian Kluxen, VS music director. “In our opening concert, we shared Firebird Suite, which celebrates the drive and courage that overcome strife and guide us through darkness. We will close with Mozart’s Requiem—the ultimate tale of light and darkness, life and death, as equal, inseparable and inescapable forces. In between, we will strive to offer every facet of the human experience that can be expressed through music.”

Following the opening program, the expansive VS season will play over six series across two main venues (Royal Theatre and Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria).

Season highlights include:

• Return of Music Director Emerita Tania Miller in a program entitled Tania Miller: Science and Symphony, a multi-media blend of music, photography and storytelling;

• Handel’s Messiah led by VS Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia and including four internationally renowned soloists;

• The Hockey Sweater and The Snowman, a multi-media special holiday event that brings these uniquely Canadian stories to life with live musical accompaniment;

• The continuation of Being Robert Schumann, three eclectic programs exploring the life and times of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. These concerts include the debuts of two new works commissioned from Canadian composers Ian Cusson and Cassandra Miller as responses to symphonic works by Robert Schumann;

• Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 played by Lorraine Min;

• Canadian icon Angela Hewitt playing Bach Concerti;

The VS debut of American pianist Jeffrey Kahane in a performance of Ravel’s jazz-influenced Concerto in G Major;

The VS debut of Quebec-based cellist Stéphane Tétreault in Schumann’s Cello Concerto;

The VS debut of American star soprano Amanda Forsythe in a program of Mozart and Handel arias;

The Canadian debut of Gary Kulesha’s Oboe Concerto played by Canadian oboist Bede Hanley, who also makes his debut with VS;

A first time co-presentation with Dance Victoria including new choreographies by Wen Wei Wang set to live orchestral music and danced by Ballet Edmonton;

• The Nat King Cole Songbook—beloved Canadian jazz artist Denzal Sinclaire brings his superlative voice and engaging rapport to an evening of Nat’s greatest hits;

• The Doo Wop Project, featuring stars of Broadway smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project revisits and recreates some of the greatest music in pop history.

• And more…

Single Tickets for the 2022/23 season are on sale now. View the full season and purchase tickets online at:

Subscription sales for the 2022/23 season continue to be available throughout the season. Regular concertgoers are invited to plan their attendance of five or more concerts and receive a 25 per cent discount on their total purchase.

For more information and to purchase a subscription please call the VS box office at 250-385-6515.