The Victoria Symphony is a Victoria-based orchestra. Founded in the early 1940s, it performs at the Royal Theatre as well as other venues.
The Victoria Symphony
Victoria is home to a number of performing arts organizations. The most famous of these, arguably, is the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
The symphony has around 40 members who play everything from flutes to trumpets to strings. It’s a very good orchestra.
As of the summer of 2021, the Music Director is Maestro Christian Kluxen. The Principal Pops Conductor is Sean O’Loughlin and the Associate Conductor is Ciuseppe Pietraroai.
Victoria Symphony Concerts
Throughout much of 2020 and 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only concerts the Symphony has been doing have been virtual events. When COVID-19 isn’t a problem, however, it puts on concerts throughout the year.
In addition to performing at venues like the Royal Theatre and the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium, once a year the symphony performs from a barge in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Symphony Splash happens on the BC Day Long Weekend, or at least it does in years without COVID-19. It’s a tremendously popular event and highly recommended.
Symphony Splash didn’t happen in 2020, because of the pandemic. It was also cancelled in 2021. Hopefully it can take place again in 2022.
In 2021, instead of Symphony Splash, the symphony is hosting a music festival at St. Anne’s Academy. The Open Air Music Festival happens from July 22nd to 26th and then again from July 29th to August 2nd in 2021.
To learn about where and when there are concerts throughout the year, see the Victoria Symphony’s Concert Calendar.
To learn more about the organization, see the Victoria Symphony Orchestra website.
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