ARTSMARTS – Janis La Couvée

No ordinary arts season

November may be wet and dreary, but the Victoria arts scene is full of intriguing possibilities in music, dance, theatre and art.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Jubilee Tribute Concert Nov. 1 featuring top Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi and friends. vcm.bc.ca

University of Victoria choirs (UVic Chorus, Chamber Singers and Philomela Women’s Choir) present a joint concert, United in Song, Nov. 2 at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church. Tickets at the door. Reservations: findsyoung@gmail.com

Tom Watson brings the inimitable music from the Golden Age of Radio to life in Pennies from Heaven at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel (Fridays/Saturdays until Nov. 21). He’s joined by rising star Christine Helene and a suave quartet of some of the city’s finest jazz musicians. oakbaybeachhotel.com

Emerging opera company Fear No Opera presents Nothing But the Music, a concert of opera favourites Nov. 9 at UVic’s Philip T Young Recital Hall. Tickets at Ivy’s, Munro’s or at the door. fearnoopera.com

I love Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and eagerly await Fran Gebhardt’s interpretation, set in 1970s Greenwich Village as punk rockers begin to usurp the flower-power children of the 1960s. UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. Nov. 6-22.

Ballet Étoile presents the original piece Red Shoes, asking“What is the price we must pay to pursue our dreams?” Nov. 7-8 at Berwick Royal Oak. ticketrocket.org

Four Seasons Musical Theatre brings the beloved children’s classic The Secret Garden to life in a story filled with wonder and magic, forgiveness and renewal. Nov. 14-22. fsmtheatre.ca

 

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