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  1. UVic School of Music

    UVic Faculty Concert: Lafayette String Quartet

    UVic’s Quartet-in-Residence performs a string quartet by American composer Amy Beach plus Mozart's String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K.516 with beloved Victoria violist Yariv Aloni. Since 1986, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet have divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Yariv Aloni is one of Victoria's most artistically involved musicians. He has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous stages in North America and Europe. Aloni is the Artistic Director of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver and has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Sooke Philharmonic. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, University of Victoria (Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/475100739668114/)
  2. Soile Stratkauskas

    Victoria Baroque: Trumpets shall sound

    A grand orchestral feast with trumpets, horns, winds and strings, played on historical instruments. Handel's Water Music Suites 2 and 3, and varied works by Telemann, Purcell, Biber, and Fasch. Victoria's professional baroque ensemble with special guest, British trumpet virtuoso Simon Munday. Church of St John the Divine Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child available three weeks prior at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books, and Long & McQuade more info: victoria-baroque.com victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; 250 590 9770
  3. Sooke Community Choir

    HITS!: with the Sooke Community Choir

    Audiences of The Sooke Community Choir have learned to expect the unexpected! From beautiful arrangements of well-known folk music to distinctly classical performances to hard-rockin’ guitar tunes with ‘The Band’, these singers love to perform and it shows! The “HITS!” show coming your way in May slams together fresh arrangements from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, with a distinctly popular flavour and rock band accompaniment. You can look forward to hearing chart-toppers made popular by Toto, Adele, Ed Sheeran, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Radiohead, Pentatonix and Stevie Nicks as well as Michael Buble, Moses Hogan and Neil Diamond. Soloists, ensembles, costuming and venue décor enhance the audience's enjoyment. All in all, a fabulous and fun repertoire completely new and different. Definitely not one to be missed!
  4. Victoria Jazz Society

    TD Victoria International JazzFest: GoGo Penguin

    “An exciting, exhilarating and original blend that freshens up its sources and takes them somewhere new.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ England’s Manchester-based GoGo Penguin is a unique piano trio noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral baselines and tidal rhythms. There’s a wave-like flow to their partially improvised music, which shifts between melodic inventiveness and trance-inducing patterns. Called “music for the heart, head, and feet,” GoGo Penguin were signed to iconic Blue Note Records in 2015 and their newest release, A Humdrum Star, was released to great acclaim in February. From ambient atmospherics to hypnotic beats, GoGo Penguin combines highbrow polish with music-festival populism. Hard to define but easy to groove to, this is one of the freshest bands on today’s scene. Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass, Rob Turner drums, Joe Reiser sound
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    “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” - Vogue Magazine A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer with a distinctive raspy style, Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner to name a few. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2001 for her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Her hit single, “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs today. This multi-talented artist has appeared as an actor in a number of films, including ‘Training Day’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Scary Movie 3’, and ‘For Colored Girls’, amongst others. In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to Chesky Records to create an audiophile album Stripped, her latest, which features Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, and Daryl Johns. Performing with jazz bands is how she got her start, and it’s what Gray returns to in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog, three new originals and two covers. This album successfully struck number three on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Gray was also recently featured in Ariana Grande’s song “Leave Me Lonely” from her third studio album Dangerous Woman. From jazz, to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note.