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  1. Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present the first concert of the its 2019-2020 International Concert Series! For our first concert, "Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet", the Orontes Quartet, hailing from Syria, will be joined by guest artists BC writer Deborah Campbell, guitar and rythm master Celso Machado and oud stylist Bèro Saker for a multimedia stage show featuring Syrian poetry, prose, solo and ensemble guitar, percussion and oud. Orontes Quartet has been performing together since 2015 when they were brought together in Beirut by US guitarist Susan McDonald. They have performed several times in Damascus at the Opera House in concerts with the singing and guitar divisions of the Higher Institute of Music as well as with the Syrian State National Orchestra. They have taught and performed at several festivals in Lebanon and Syria and released their first CD "The Clock" in 2016. Since coming to Canada to do a fellowship with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria, the quartet has performed in several major Canadian cities. In Canada under the auspices of the Institute for International Education - Artist Protection Fund, Orontes is excited to play at Victoria's venerated Alix Goolden Hall on October 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-30 and available at Ivy’s Books, Long & McQuade, Good Earth Coffee House Oak Bay, Tanners and www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca
  2. Straight out of Havana… A blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo and “a groove as intense as a runaway train.” – NPR Havana’s top musicians join forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene to create Orquesta Akokán. This big band collective reinvigorates the sound of Cuban’s golden era mambo with a bold new energy reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940's and 50's. In spring 2018, their self-titled first album released with Daptone Records. The album boasts all original songs recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez, produced by Chulo Records' Jacob Plasse, with incendiary arrangements by Michael Eckroth. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in July 2018, which included a date at Lincoln Center, and continues their tour to Victoria, BC, to showcase the magnitude of their soulful, captivating music and myriad of rhythmic styles. Thursday, November 14 – 8:00pm ~ $65.00/$53.00 (tax and service charge included) Orquesta Akokán: https://www.orquestaakokan.com/ Ticket exclusively available through: Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca).
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    Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Remaining concert schedule: Saturday, August 3 Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm BC Day, Monday, August 5 Mt. Tolmie Reservoir 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, August 8 Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9 Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10 Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11 Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
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    Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Remaining concert schedule: Saturday, August 3, Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm BC Day, Monday, August 5, Mt. Tolmie Reservoir 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, August 8, Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9, Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10, Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11, Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
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  6. Hermann’s re-opens with Summer Funk Series Tuesday, July 16, starting at 7:30 pm, the Phatfunks offer the first live performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, under the management of Arts On View. The Phatfunks a dynamic young band of emerging musicians, are kicking off a new, bi-weekly summer funk series every other Tuesday night at Hermann’s all-ages venue. The Phatfunks are a collective of funky musicians Victoria. The band can be seen in multiple forms, such as a 4 piece busking group in the summers performing downtown, or the full band, a 6 piece with 2 horns and rhythm section. They play funk, soul and R&B, with rock, jazz, and fusion influences. “We are delighted to take this essential step in our journey,” said interim executive director Nichola Walkden. “Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-operating jazz club in Canada and we are thankful that the community’s generosity has kept Hermann’s alive, vibrant and growing.” Hermann’s was voted “Best Nightclub” by Times Colonist readers earlier this year. In addition to making improvements to the two clubs, Arts On View is working to open the upstairs venues for its vision of a non-profit owned performing and visual arts centre. The Arts On View Society (AOV) was founded to save Hermann’s Jazz Club and open up the whole, purpose-built, downtown building for live performances and rehearsals, performer and student workshops, visual arts displays, arts incubation and office space for smaller arts groups that can’t afford Victoria’s steep rents. Information: hermannsjazz.com artsonview.ca
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    Baroque Meets ABBA The Victoria Summer Choir presents “Baroque Meets ABBA” directed by Maestro Simon Leung with guests, Die Mahler Quartet. Tickets: $20 each available at Russell Books, Victoria, Ivy’s Bookshop, Oak Bay, Tanner’s Books, S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney and at the door. Saturday, August 17 @ 3:00 pm St. John the Divine Church 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria and Sunday, August 18 @ 3:00 pm The S.H.O.A.L Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney During the first half of the concert you will hear music by Handel and Vivaldi, accompanied by ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’. After an intermission, we will present a medley of popular music written and performed by the very successful Swedish group ABBA, and heard more recently in the film and musical ‘Mamma Mia’. The Victoria Summer Choir is sponsored by the Victoria Mendelssohn Choir Society.
  8. PURCELL - HAIL BRIGHT CECILIA Saturday, August 10 2019 at 7:30PM - Christ Church Cathedra PERFORMERS Alexander Weimann, music director Pacific Baroque Orchestra Suzie LeBlanc, soprano Dorothee Mields, soprano Alex Potter, counter-tenor Samuel Boden, tenor Sumner Thompson, baritone Matthew Brook, bass-baritone PROGRAMME Matthew Locke (1621-1677): EXCERPTS FROM THE TEMPEST Introduction Galliard, Gavot, Sarabrand, Lilk Curtain Tune John Blow (1649-1708): Welcome, Every Guest Matthew Locke: EXCERPTS FROM THE TEMPEST Rustick Air, A Martial Jigge Conclusion Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Hail, Bright Cecilia “Collegial, collaborative music-making of the highest level.” – The Vancouver Sun A Gentleman’s Journal The person of Saint Cecilia and her association with music is shrouded in mystery. She had been venerated among the saints since the fifth century, but only began to be regularly identified as patroness of music in the sixteenth century. The first documented music festival held in her honour occurred in Normandy in 1570. In 1585, Sixtus V established one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, issuing a papal bull invoking Gregory the Great and Saint Cecilia as the two saints most prominent in the history of western music. Yet, it was in Protestant Restoration England that the celebration of Saint Cecilia flourished especially colourfully. Between the years 1683 and 1703, the Musical Society of London hosted annual festivities including a service at St. Bride’s Church featuring an anthem for choir and orchestra and a sermon in defense of music, followed by a performance at Stationer’s Hall of a newly composed ode in praise of music. The celebratory ode, a genre of formal lyric poetry borrowed from antiquity, had become extremely popular in the court of Charles II. The times were unsettled; the monarchy newly re-established amid persistent conflicts over succession and religion. The ode served to express political power and loyalty, linking the security of the developing British nation to the king and his divinely ordained authority. Ancient Greece and Rome were often elevated as models for the modern state. Odes written in praise of Saint Cecilia similarly connected English artistic achievement with Cecilia’s patronage and with divine blessing. She became a secular figurehead, conflated with the muses of antiquity. Further, the texts of the Cecilian odes, always commissioned from Britain’s greatest poets, elevated music, particularly the collaborative process of music-making, as a model for the creation of a healthy civil society. Music unified the arts and sciences, involving diverse disciplines from poetry to instrument technology. Ensemble music harmonized the varied timbres and abilities of instruments and voices. Musical composition knit together a range of influences – music theories traced from antiquity, traditions of musical genre and style, the composer’s own inspiration… Emulating, adapting, reworking, or enriching existing music and text was, in fact, privileged over conspicuous originality. Artists situated themselves and their work within community. So, Nicholas Brady’s text Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692) reworks John Dryden’s famous poem A Song for St. Cecilia’sDay (1687), and Henry Purcell’s setting of Brady’s text dialogues with the Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (1691) composed by his teacher John Blow. Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692) is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the power of music to move the emotions. Purcell uses an exceptionally large orchestra and all sorts of combinations of vocal solos, duets, trios, and choruses to paint the purported universal power and cosmic significance of music and the characters associated with different instruments and musical genres. The piece concludes with a bass duet and chorus encouraging the unity of disparate instruments and human voices with the music of Saint Cecilia and her heavenly ensemble. Matthew Locke’s incidental music for The Tempest formed part of a similarly exemplary collaborative project. During the 1650s, the Commonwealth government forbade spoken theatre, though musical performances remained permissible. Lovers of Shakespeare “operatized” his plays as a way of circumventing the restrictions, and the new genre proved a winning combination of excellent spoken drama with music and spectacle. The most successful of these pieces was the reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, premiered in 1674. Poet John Dryden and playwright William Davenant revised the play line by line, modernizing the language and incorporating references to contemporary politics and recent scientific discoveries. Matthew Locke provided instrumental music, including the Curtain Tune, a realistic depiction of the storm so central the play’s plot, while Pelham Humphrey, Pietro Reggio, and John Banister all contributed vocal music. Perhaps, amid the fantasy and myth associated with the Cecilia Day celebrations of the seventeenth century, there is a timely reminder for us too about music’s potential to model unity and to create links across the span of history. The hope that Nicholas Brady expressed in his sermon for St. Cecilia’s Day of 1697 remains rather poignant. “Peace then is restored to us within our Walls, Peace, that Banisher of Discord, that Mother of Harmony, that Band of Union to consenting Minds, that Nurse and Patroness of useful Arts and Sciences. And O! That all the several parties in this kingdom, however formerly divided by interest or design, would Resemble the Trumpeters and Singers in the Text! That they were as one!” — Notes by Christina Hutten PURCHASING TICKETS Tickets for the Pacific Baroque Series concerts at the Cathedral can be purchased: Online Here By calling the Ticket Rocket Box Office: 1.855.842.7575 In person: At the Ticket Rocket Box Office (1050 Meares Street) Or at the Cathedral Office (930 Burdett Avenue) And at the following outlets: Ivy’s Bookshop: 2188 Oak Bay Ave Munro’s Books: 1108 Government St
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    Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Concert Schedule: Thursday, August 8 Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9 Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10 Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11 Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
  10. Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Concert Schedule: Friday, July 5 Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Saturday, July 6 Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Friday, July 12 Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Saturday, July 13 Market Square 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Saturday, August 3 Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm BC Day, Monday, August 5 Mt. Tolmie Reservoir 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, August 8 Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9 Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10 Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11 Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
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    26th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash At the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, 900 block of Wharf St) and at Hermann’s Upstairs (751 View St, above Hermann’s Jazz Club) this Labour Day Weekend! Featured Ticketed Shows at Ship Point (on sale Monday, July 8): Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few Saturday, August 31 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.) “There aren’t many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris.” – Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter Magazine From Nashville, Tennessee, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mike Farris blends blues, gospel and Stax-style soul. A musical renaissance man, Farris toured as lead singer for rock band Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and, for a time, fronted blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. After his 2015 Grammy win, “Best Roots Gospel Album” for Shine For All The People, Farris maintains a distinct blues-rock, soul-tinged flavour with his 2018 record Silver & Stone. Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for “Best New Emerging Artist”, a Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year”, and was featured with Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few played Victoria in September 2018 and now return to rock the Blues Bash outdoor stage. Kevin Burt and Big Medicine Sunday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.) “Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one delivers this brand of music better than he does…this guy is a real winner.”– Living Blues For more than 25 years, the harmonica wizard from Coralville, Iowa, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest. His soul-inspired stage presence and ability to build an audience rapport consistently gets him likened to artists such as Bill Withers, Aaron Neville, and B.B. King. This self-taught master of vocals, harmonica, and guitar provides smooth, blues-rich vocals to an audience that always cheers for more. Burt was named one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which he won for “Best Solo/Duo,” “Solo/Duo Guitar,” and “Harmonica” in 2018. His 2018 album Heartland And Soul was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Don’t miss the Victoria debut of this rising star, whose sheer feel for the blues guarantees to captivate crowds from all walks of life. Ticket Combo: *Save big on ticketed evening performances with a Ticket Combo for only $49! Includes one ticket to Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few and one ticket to Kevin Burt and Big Medicine. Featured Ticketed Show at Hermann’s Upstairs (on sale Monday, July 😎: Lindsay Beaver plus Blue Moon Marquee Saturday, August 31 – 10:00pm ~ $18 (tax incl.) Former co-leader of the 24th St. Wailers blues-rocking, soul-singing stand-up drummer Lindsay Beaver ascends to staggering heights with her first CD under her own name, Tough As Love, with the prestigious blues record label, Alligator Records. This 2018 album was nominated for the 2019 Blues Music Award “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Beaver has exceeded the expectations of the blues world by melding both striking originals with impeccably selected covers. Though drawing inspiration from Amy Winehouse to Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, her style is solely limited by her boundless confidence and originality. She last played Victoria in October 2018. Opening for this blues-infused evening is the Blue Moon Marquee duo. Ticket Outlets: Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca). No service charges at the VJS office! Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM): The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash: Saturday, August 31: Mark Crissinger • Blue Moon Marquee Band • Mystery Train w. Wayne Berezan • Bill Johnson Blues Band Sunday, September 1: Checo & The Sweet Soul Choir • Kelly Fawcett & The Maladies • Little Marty & The Juke Joint • David Vest Monday, September 2: Blue Dog Ramble • The Kingpins • Brett Smith-Daniels • Soul Shakers www.jazzvictoria.ca
  12. To The Movies and Beyond! With Meridiem Wind Orchestra Take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear symphonic wind band music performed by some of Victoria's finest musicians and music educators! Meridiem Wind Orchestra invites you to North Douglas Church on Wednesday, May 22nd for an evening of movie and television music, as well as a new thematic work for symphonic wind band written by acclaimed Canadian composer, Robert Buckley, titled Seas of the Moon. If you don't think you're familiar with Bob's work, think again - he has has recorded and worked with artists including David Foster, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, The Cult, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Jack Lemmon, B.T.O., Rita McNeil, Valdy, Randy Travis, The Irish Rovers, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, among many others! In the film and television world, Bob has scored numerous award-winning shows for Disney, Alliance, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, CBC and the Cartoon Network. Lucky for us, Bob also composes and arranges an array of music for symphonic wind band that is performed worldwide. The program on May 22 will also include theme music from favourites like Star Wars, Doctor Who, How To Train Your Dragon, Star Trek, James Bond, and more! And for your viewing pleasure, Stelly's Secondary School Media Class is creating accompanying visuals. Meridiem hopes to draw music lovers from across the CRD, as well as band and music students from across all local school districts to hear an exemplary performance of wind orchestra works both familiar and new. The program will be conducted by Meridiem's Artistic Director, Scott MacInnes, as well as two guest conductors - Dr. Steven Capaldo, director of the University of Victoria Wind Symphony; and local school teacher who you'll also find in Meridiem's clarinet section, Andrea Blair. It will be an evening of music to delight the senses! Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents TO THE MOVIES AND BEYOND! Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00 PM North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place, Victoria Scott MacInnes, Artist Director Andrea Blair, Guest Conductor Dr. Steven Capaldo, Guest Conductor Visuals by Stelly's Secondary School Media Class Admission by donation
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    36th Annual TD Victoria International JazzFest This year’s lineup includes Jesse Cook, Jacob Collier, the Suffers, Gregory Porter, Laila Biali, Patricia Barber Trio.... See complete lineup at https://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest
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    Eine Kleine Music Festival continues, with Timothy Chooi, violin – Lorraine Min, piano Sunday June 23rd, 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria; & Monday June 24th, 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Beethoven – Sonata No. 7 in C Minor for Piano and Violin Saint-Saëns – Havanaise Paganini -Caprice No. 24 Mozart – String Quintet in G Minor K. 516 With Simon MacDonald, violin; Kenji Fuse, Felix Alanis, violas; Laura Backstrom, cello http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival continues, with Calidore String Quartet Saturday June 29th, 2.30 pm Deep Cove Winery; Sunday June 30th, 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Of the 170 groups from 34 countries who applied and final 29 who performed, the Calidore String Quartet was declared the overall winner in a PBS televised event and awarded a $100,000 prize – the largest ever in chamber music! “The Calidore String Quartet just keeps winning…and winning: an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the inaugural $100,000 M-Prize competition, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, the honor of being named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. And that’s not to mention triumphs at so many competitions, including the Fischoff.” – Strings Magazine EKSM is proud to present the Calidore String Quintet for their Victoria debut with performances at Deep Cove Winery on 29thJune and the First Unitarian Church of Victoria on 30thJune. Tickets range in price from $30-$40. Calidore String Quartet: Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello Caroline Shaw – Three Essays Beethoven – Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127 Mendelssohn – Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival continues, with Muse Ensemble Sunday June 16th 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Monday June 17th 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Muse Ensemble Terence Tam and Julian Vitek, violin; Lorraine Min, piano; Kenji Fuse, viola; Laura Backstrom, cello Dvořák – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 87 Schubert – Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F Major, D487 Stephen Brown – White Light White Heat Elinor Dunsmuir – Two Fantasies for Piano Quintet See all concerts at http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music Festival Chamber Music’s Biggest Winners to Perform at 2019 Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival Chamber music is generally not known as a competitive sport and competitions are not known for their large prize money. That all changed when the M-Prize was established in 2016. Of the 170 groups from 34 countries who applied and final 29 who performed, the Calidore String Quartet was declared the overall winner in a PBS televised event and awarded a $100,000 prize – the largest ever in chamber music! “The Calidore String Quartet just keeps winning…and winning: an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the inaugural $100,000 M-Prize competition, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, the honor of being named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. And that’s not to mention triumphs at so many competitions, including the Fischoff.” – Strings Magazine Alana Despins, horn Sunday June 9th 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Monday June 10th 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Brahms – Horn Trio, Op. 40 Gounod – Mélodies for Horn and Piano Beethoven – Archduke Trio, Op. 97 With Terence Tam, violin; Lorraine Min, piano; Laura Backstrom, cello EKSM is proud to present the Calidore String Quintet for their Victoria debut with performances at Deep Cove Winery on 29thJune and the First Unitarian Church of Victoria on 30thJune. Tickets range in price from $30-$40. Featured guest artists this season include returning favourite, Alana Despins, Principal Horn with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria’s own rising star, violinist Timothy Chooi in his EKSM debut, and the Muse Ensemble. The Muse Ensemble’s performances will include compositions from Elinor Dunsmuir, the granddaughter of the builder of Craigdarroch castle, music only recently discovered by chance in England. Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) is the longest-running summer classical music event in greater Victoria.EKSM is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to present intimate world class chamber music concerts at affordable prices. Performances are by artists among the finest in BC as well as distinguished guests from around the world. This popular series takes place in June at two superb venues surrounded by the natural beauty of the Saanich Peninsula.
  18. Sidney Concert Band Features Local Musicians for its Spring Concert At 2 pm on Sunday May 26, the Sidney Concert Band presents its annual Spring concert entitled “Broadway Meets the Movies” at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Featured performers include vocalists Stephanie Benbow, Jim Kingham and Nicola Hestnes; the Killer Wails a cappella quartet and dancers from the Allegro Performing Arts Centre in North Saanich. Come and enjoy a great afternoon of melodies from Broadway musicals and movie themes! Tickets are $20 and available through the Mary Winspear Box Office at marywinspear.ca or by calling (250) 656-0275.
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    Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir directed by Maestro Simon Leung presents “Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi” with guests, Die Mahler String Quartet. Two performances only: Saturday, May 25 @ 3:00 pm, Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria Sunday, May 26 @ 3:00 pm, The S.H.O.A.L Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Tickets: $20 each available from Russell Books in Victoria; Ivy’s Bookshop in Oak Bay; Tanner’s Books and S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney, and at the door. Program includes: J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4, "Christ lag in Todes Banden" (Christ lay in death’s bonds) G.F. Handel: Selections from oratorios "Samson", "Solomon" and "Acis & Galatea" A. Vivaldi: “Magnificat” Die Mahler String Quartet will accompany the choir and play additional selections on their own. For more information please contact Katie at katie@newfoundfiddle.com or 250-478-8843.
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    VCM’s Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour For a 37th year, the Victoria Conservatory of Music offers the perfect way to celebrate Mom, with beautiful gardens -- and the perfect musical accompaniment. Pretty posies, blossom-scented air, the joys of gardening and music performed by VCM students, faculty, and guests are again at the heart of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s fundraising Musical Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12. A $35 two-day pass grants you entry to 10 select Victoria-area private gardens, where you can enjoy amongst others, a Tuscan garden, a woodland rhododendron specialty garden and a custom built orchid house. “Last year’s sold- out event helped enrich the lives of many through our music education programs,” says Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. “We are thankful for the wonderful volunteers who work so hard to put on the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour, the VCM’s largest annual fundraising event.” Once again, there will be a fantastic plant sale featuring everything from succulents to shrubbery, hanging baskets to fresh herbs, truly something for every garden and every gardener. Money raised by the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour ticket sales and plant sale help the VCM maintain its music and outreach programs and special musical events while enhancing community life in Victoria. WHAT: 37th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour WHERE: Greater Victoria-area gardens WHEN: May 11 and 12 from 10:00am – 4:00pm HOW MUCH: $35/$37 (online purchase) for the weekend (children 12 and under get in free) BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1833775-37th-annual-mother-s-day-victoria/ Or purchase in person at the VCM front desk, 900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC or at retail locations throughout Greater Victoria listed here:https://vcm.bc.ca/victoria-garden-tour/ About the Victoria Conservatory of Music: Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive music schools. Its mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all. The VCM is a Centre for Excellence and enjoyment of music through education, performance and music therapy, serving its community of over 3700 students and music therapy clients of all ages, through six outstanding program areas: The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music; The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music; the School of Music Technology and Creativity; and the departments of Postsecondary Studies, Music Therapy, and Early Childhood Music. VCM’s Music Outreach initiatives further enrich the lives of over 1000 children in day-cares, preschools, and Elementary schools throughout the Greater Victoria Area. The VCM is a non-profit organization located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. For more information visit us online at: vcm.bc.ca -30-
  21. The Civic Orchestra of Victoria Brian Wismath, Music Director presents:STRUM - Featuring Guitarists Celino Romero, Alexander Dunn, Randy Pile & Robert Ward (June 😎 Strum (June 8 features four world-renowned guitarists, including Alexander Dunn and Celino Romero, performing two monumental works for guitar(s) and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo. Rodrigo's powerful compositions are heavily influenced by Spanish Impressionism and Baroque musical styles. The Concierto Andaluz was commissioned by Caledonia Romero (founder of "The Royal Family of the Guitar" - Los Romeros), grandfather of Celino Romero who will be performing this work, providing an extraordinary opportunity to experience the legacy of the Romero family. Romero and Dunn will be joined by Randy Pile and Robert Ward to perform Concierto Andaluz. Dunn will also perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for solo guitar and orchestra. "With Victoria having such a strong connection with internationally renowned guitarists, a unique opportunity presented itself to include Alexander Dunn and his long-time colleague, Celino Romero, as part of Civic Orchestra's Strumconcert. It was an obvious choice to feature two Rodrigo guitar concertos, one of which was written for the founder of Los Romeros." - Brian Wismath, Music Directorhttps://civicorchestraofvictoria.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b248721603bd92491d4989ab&id=e62b692171&e=d780be76c4 Dave Dunnett Theatre, Oak Bay High School
  22. The Civic Orchestra of Victoria Brian Wismath, Music Director presents:PLAY! - Featuring Civic Soloists (May 5, 2pm)Play! (May 5) is a special opportunity to hear the rich talent of players within the Civic Orchestra, as they take the spotlight as soloists. Featuring well-known works such as Elgar's Cello Concerto (Nathan Jacklin) and Chaminade's Flute Concertino (Mary-Jill McCulloch), as well as lesser-known gems such as Mohawk Legend (Gail Nash, English Horn) by distinguished local composer Austin Scott, and the world premiere of Anne Lauber's violin concert, Tehillim (Raya Fridman). The Orchestra will also be featured in full, performing Smetana's beloved Moldau. Dave Dunnet Theatre, Oak Bay High School https://civicorchestraofvictoria.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b248721603bd92491d4989ab&id=e62b692171&e=d780be76c4
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    SHREK: THE MUSICAL At The McPherson Playhouse May 3-12 Everyone’s favourite upside-down fairytale comes to life at the McPherson Playhouse when the Victoria Operatic Society (VOS) presents SHREK: THE MUSICAL, a musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. Nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and 11 New York Drama Desk Awards, SHREK: THE MUSICAL tells the story of an irreverent but loveable ogre who embarks on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairlytales. Featuring a side-splitting script by David Lindsay-Abaire and fantastic songs from Jeanine Tesori, SHREK: THE MUSICAL brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on their way to discovering the big bright beautiful world at the end of this fabulously fresh storybook journey. “People empathize with the characters and identify with the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and all people deserve love regardless of their differences,” says the show’s director Roger Carr. With co-music direction by Heather Burns & Dave Flello, and choreography by Jennifer Sanders, the large cast is lead by Morgan McLeod as Shrek, Heidi Fox Lange as Fiona, Dan Comeau as Donkey, and Dwayne Gordon as Lord Farquaad. Carr urges families to come to the theatre, “We will create a fantastic theatrical experience that will leave you filled with joy. It’s a great evening out for the whole family.” SHREK: THE MUSICAL runs May 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm; with 2pm matinees on May 5 & 12. Tickets range from $21.75 to $54.50 with discount tickets available for students/seniors and are available at the McPherson Playhouse box office 250.386.6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca VOS is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization established in 1945 with the purpose of bringing top-quality live musical theatre to Victoria and giving aspiring singers, performers, and stagecraft workers the opportunity to develop and display their talents in all facets of musical theatre production.
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    Saturday, May 11 from 1-4pm flutist, performer-composer, improviser, and Deep Listening® (DL) Certificate teacher Jane Rigler will present a deep listening workshop at Open Space. It will engage participants in activities exploring sound walk/mapping and graphic notations, informed by Jenni Schine & Jay White's exhibition Field Guides for Listeners. Participants are invited to explore sounds through playful and contemplative activities that include word games, poetry, movement, walking and drawing a “sound map” of their experiences. Bodies, breath, and any other means of making sound are all welcomed… The workshop will be followed by a performance on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm, to include recent works for soloist with and without electronics, as well as new work realized during her residency in Victoria. Possible guest artists TBD. Admission is free / by donation.
  25. Vox Humana Choir: The Long Road On May 18, 2019, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, Victoria’s premier choir, will present The Long Road, featuring a cappella repertoire by Canadian composers, written in the last 40 years. The concert will feature “One Black Spike” by Jocelyn Morlock, a work that explores the theme of immigrant labour used to develop the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from 1914-1945. The last concert in Vox Humana’s 2018-2019 season, The Long Road, will feature two commissioned works: “Fire and Ice” and “Canadian Triptych”. “Fire and Ice” by BC composer David Archer is one of the first settings of poetry by Robert Frost since the poet’s work entered the public domain in 2019. David Archer says of the text, “Astronomer Harold Shapley claimed to have inspired “Fire and Ice” when Robert Frost asked him how the world will actually end. By the exploding sun or by freezing in deep space, came the reply.” “Canadian Triptych”, a three-movement work by BC composer Liova Bueno, includes poetry by Canadian poets Margaret Avison, Lorna Crozier and Jan Zwicky. The work speaks to “Who we are and how we see the world is shaped by our living environments. The history of Canadian literature is full of the exploration of urban/rural contrasts, with poets reflecting, yearning, celebrating, remembering or projecting change, and sharing tales of transformation.” The choir will present the world premiere performance of “Carpe Diem” by Victoria composer Nicholas alongside works by other BC composers Kathleen Allan, Kristopher Fulton, Rodney Sharman, Chris Sivak, and Tobin Stokes, as well as works by Ontario composers, Leonard Enns and Jeff Enns (no relation). The choir is proud to give the BC premiere performance of Jeff Enns’ “I Lost My Talk” commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2018. With permission from her family, Jeff Enns set the poem “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, a Mi'kmaw elder and poet,who speaks about her experience attending a Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and being forced to give up her native language. Additional information, interviews and photographs can be obtained by contacting Artistic Director, Brian Wismath (info@voxhumanachoir.ca). Performances: May 18th, 2019– 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm) St. Andrew’s Catholic Cathedral (740 View Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8) Tickets: $20, Free (25 and under) Duration: About 1.5 hours Visit www.voxhumanachoir.ca for more information.
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