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PASSION! 2018-2019


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Pierre Simard ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

2018-2019 SEASON SPONSOR

PASSION!


2018-2019

GREETINGS FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

PASSION - a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards someone, or something… For the Vancouver Island Symphony’s 24th season, passion for MUSIC fills our hearts and drives our instruments, our bodies, our minds! We invite you to share our passion for great works of the orchestral canon, and for entertaining, vital, essential concerts throughout the year! This passionate season features essential qualities of the art of music-making - to celebrate the whole spectrum of human emotion, to speak and listen, to connect and reconnect, to discover and learn. Again this year, we embrace the world’s musical legacy and make it our own; Brahms, Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Dvorak, Holst, Rimsky-Korsakov - their music becomes ours, enhancing and improving our world and our lives!

Each program bears a specific colour of passion - Happiness, Love, Home, Discovery, Inspiration, Power, Infinity… with great music at its hub, we commit to expert performances with our world-class orchestra and star guest artists. Become passionate, in turn, about live orchestral music - as we express its vitality, importance, and relevancy to our community, and beyond. There is something for everyone, from classical symphonies to orchestral rock, from baroque gems to brand-new pieces and more! Experience the thrill of live symphonic music, and join your VIS for this passionate celebration of music and the people who make it! Welcome to all!

Pierre Simard, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


Cameron Crozman CELLO

HAPPINESS!


Brahms and Dvorak GUEST ARTIST: Cameron

Crozman, CELLO

WEBER

Overture to “Euryanthe”

BRAHMS

Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90

DVORAK

Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

We open our season with two masterworks by Brahms and Dvorak, two composers whose friendship has become legendary. Cameron Crozman performs the lush, tuneful B-minor Concerto, preceded by Brahms’ “Frei aber Froh” - Free but Happy - Third Symphony. A joyful beginning to our 24th season!

HAPPINESS!

HAPPINESS!

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SATURDAY

OCTOBER 7:30 PM

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6:30 PM SEASON SPONSOR

SERIES SPONSOR

PERFORMANCE SPONSORS


Blink Acro

LOVE!


a Blink Acro Cirque Spectacular GUEST ARTISTS: Blink

LOVE!

LOVE!

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SATURDAY

Acro

Get ready for romance, passion, love – in this brandnew, tailor-made symphony circus program! The eternal theme is revisited through orchestral love stories, underlined with amazing acts designed by Langley-based cirque artists Blink Acro. Hand to hand, aerial dances, contortion and many more are on the menu for this not-to-be-missed premiere!

NOVEMBER 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM SEASON SPONSOR

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Ken Lavigne TENOR

HOME!


HOME!

HOME!

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SATURDAY

Ken Lavigne’s Home for Christmas GUEST ARTISTS: Ken

Lavigne and Nadya Blanchette, VOCALISTS Ken and Nadya are reunited again, after their first meeting in “He Sings, She Sighs”! A festive concert featuring great seasonal Classics, from Sinatra to Bocelli, from the Ave Maria to Bing Crosby! Two exquisite performers, a fully-decked orchestra, heartwarming Christmas tales – from our home to yours this Christmas Season.

Nadya Blanchette

DECEMBER 7:30 PM

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Paolo Bortolussi FLUTE

DISCOVERY!


a Tribute to Women Composers GUEST ARTIST: Paolo

Bortolussi, FLUTE

Joan TOWER

For the Uncommon Woman

Cécile CHAMINADE

Flute Concertino, op. 107

Jennifer HIGDON

blue cathedral

Jocelyn MORLOCK

Ornithomancy

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Scheherazade, op. 35

We take a musical stand for women composers with striking, colorful, gorgeous symphonic music. Two American orchestral standards are performed alongside two short works for flute and orchestra, with soloist and VIS Principal Flutist Paolo Bortolussi. The program concludes with the greatest musical homage to women’s Grace, Beauty and Mind – Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

DISCOVERY!

DISCOVERY!

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SATURDAY

JANUARY 7:30 PM

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6:30 PM

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Carter Johnson PIANO

INSPIRATION!


Schumann and Mozart GUEST ARTIST: Carter Johnson, PIANO SCHUBERT SCHUMANN MILLER MOZART

Overture in E minor, D. 648 Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54 Neró Symphony no. 40 in G minor, KV 550

INSPIRATION!

INSPIRATION!

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SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 7:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK 6:30 PM

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Mozart’s penultimate symphony quite simply remains one of the greatest works ever written; we pair it with another example of pure inspiration, Schumann’s Concerto, with Vancouver Island native Carter Johnson tackling the ivories. This elegant and passionate program also features a forgotten Schubert Overture, and a brand new orchestral showpiece by Victoria composer Jared Miller.

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POWER!


Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same GUEST ARTISTS: Jeans

N’ Classics Band

Lead Singer Michael Shotton leads the way in a powerful symphonic tribute to the first and best of the heavy rock bands. Jeans N’ Classics pairs up with the VI Symphony performing classic rock staples such as “Dazed and Confused”, “Kashmir”, and of course the eternal “Stairway to Heaven”. Rock on!

POWER!

POWER!

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SATURDAY

MARCH 7:30 PM

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INFINITY!


Star Wars and Holst’s Planets VISUALS: Voyage

of Discovery

One-of-a-kind multimedia extravaganza concert, as we present Holst’s Planets, visually enhanced with the latest breathtaking NASA animations in High Definition! Our season-closing concert opens with excerpts from some of the best loved soundtracks ever written – John Williams’ Star Wars.

INFINITY!

INFINITY!

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SATURDAY

APRIL 7:30 PM

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6:30 PM

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Symphony

Matinee Series

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Join us for a Series of 3 One Hour Matinees!

ORIGIN OPUS #1 | Friday October 19, 2018 | 2 - 3 pm WEBER BRAHMS DVORAK

Overture to “Euryanthe” Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90 Two Slavonic Dances

Brahms’ Third Symphony became known as the “Frei aber Froh” Symphony – “Free but Happy”. It’s romantic poetry is framed by a forward and happy Weber overture, and two suave dances by his friend and protégé, Dvorak.

ORIGIN OPUS # 2 | Friday January 18, 2019 | 2 - 3 pm TOWER RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

For the Uncommon Woman Scheherazade, op. 35

A tribute to women, through the immortal story of grace, mind and feminity prevailing over brute force. Scheherazade’s stories for the Thousand and One Nights are masterfully composed by Rimsky-Korsakov, and are preceded by a womanly fanfare penned by American composer Joan Tower.

ORIGIN OPUS #3 | Friday April 26, 2019 | 2 - 3 pm WILLIAMS HOLST

Star Wars Suite (excerpts) The Planets (excerpts)

An out-of-this-world matinee! This space-focused program features music from one of the most famous soundtracks of all time, which was itself inspired by Holst’s groundbreaking orchestral work about our solar system. All systems go, for a powerful, majestic VIS lift-off!


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MUSIC + FOOD!

A UNIQUE TAKE ON HAPPY HOUR! Join the VIS String Orchestra for 2 Symphony

SoundBites Shows: 5 pm Appetizer Bites followed by 5:30 - 6:30 Performance OR 7:15-8:15 pm Performance followed by Dessert Bites.

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CARMEN!

Thursday October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm OR 7:15 pm BIZET / SCHCHEDRIN

Carmen Suite

Bizet’s “Carmen” stands as one of the most performed operas in the world; Russian arranger Schchedrin distills all the great melodies from it, in an unusual, imaginative, surprising version for strings and percussion!

MANNING LAW BARRISTER & SOLICITORS

BACH’S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS Thursday March 21, 2019 | 5:30 pm OR 7:15 pm

BACH / SITKOVETSKY Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of this great work for keyboard was conceived for Bach’s 300th birthday celebration, and is dedicated to the memory of Glenn Gould. This version for strings is fascinating and lush, and integrates our new VIS harpsichord.


28 MONDAY

JANUARY 7:30 PM

BONUS CONCERT!

TAFELMUSIK

BAROQUE ORCHESTRA presents

The Circle of Creation


SUMMER CONCERT

Community Outreach for EVERYONE! NOTEWORTHY KIDS MUSIC CLUB

For Grades 4 - 7! On stage and behind the scenes with the VIS Musicians!

VIS CHILDREN’S CHOIR Open to singers in Grades 4 - 7. September 2018 to March 2019.

Symphony By the Sea

PRESENTING SPONSOR

PROGRAM SPONSOR

Saturday August 11, 2018 6:00 pm | Maffeo Sutton Park

Rain or Shine! An outdoor summer concert performed by the Vancouver Island Symphony with Artistic Director, Pierre Simard and produced by Concertmaster, Calvin Dyck.

Bring your blanket, lawn chair and a picnic basket! This event is supported by donations collected at the event! PRESENTING SPONSOR

EVENT SPONSORS

COMMUNITY DAY 2018

Saturday, October 20 • 11 - 1:30 pm Attend the Symphony Rehearsal. Come try the instruments at the Musical Zoo (ages 6+) PRESENTING SPONSORS

5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL NANAIMO

March 2019 • A multi-dimensional festival created & produced by the Vancouver Island Symphony

COME VOLUNTEER WITH THE SYMPHONY!

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Subscribe to One of 4 Great Ticket Packages & SAVE! ALL 10 Symphony Concerts for the BEST Ticket Price $460 Sponsored by Coastal Community Private Wealth Group

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HAPPINESS! Brahms and Dvorak .............................. October 20 | 7:30 pm LOVE! a Blink Arco Cirque Spectacular ................ November 17 | 3:00 pm OR 7:30 pm HOME! Ken Lavigne’s Home for Christmas ........ December 1 | 7:30 pm DISCOVERY! a Tribute to Women Composers.. January 19 | 7:30 pm TAFELMUSIK: The Circle of Creation........................ Monday, January 28 | 7:30 pm INSPIRATION! Schumann and Mozart .................... February 16 | 7:30 pm POWER! Led Zeppelin ....................................................... March 9 | 7:30 pm INFINITY! Star Wars and Holst’s Planets................ April 27 | 7:30 pm Happy Hour! SoundBites #1 .......................................... Thursday, October 25 (details below) Happy Hour! SoundBites #2 .......................................... Thursday, March 21 (details below)

Happy Hour! Symphony SoundBites Series of 2 Shows YOU PICK THE TIME! One-hour Performances, 2 Shows & Bites

$98

Sponsored by the Coast Bastion Hotel and Minnoz Restaurant

SoundBites #1 • Carmen! | October 25, 2018 SoundBites #2 • Bach’s Goldberg Variations | March 21, 2019 5 pm Appetizers Bites and 5:30–6:30 pm Show OR 7:15–8:15 pm Show followed by Dessert Bites

Origin Symphony Matinee Series 3 One Hour Friday Matinees

Sponsored by Origin at Longwood Origin Opus #1 • Friday October 19, 2018 | 2-3 pm Origin Opus #2 • Friday January 18, 2019 | 2-3 pm Origin Opus #3 • Friday April 26, 2019 | 2-3 pm

$99


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Renewal of Subscription Tickets for Packages 1 & 2 from April 23–May 18, 2018 Season and Series Ticket Relocations from May 22–31 New Season and Series Subscriptions available from June 1. Single Ticket sales begin June 12 and range from $18 to $74. Purchase by phone or on-line Rush Seats ($33) can be purchased 30 minutes before each performance, subject to availability.

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All ticket prices include taxes of 5% and a $2 fee per ticket supporting the Port Theatre’s Capital Development Fund. A $1 per ticket processing fee will be added to your subscription order. Program and artists subject to change without notice. Tickets are non-refundable. *Receipts for income tax purposes will be issued by the Vancouver Island Symphony for donations of $20 or more. All VIS records are confidential and are not disclosed. Charitable # 11905 0813 RR0001

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Vancouver Island Symphony 2018- 2019 Season Brochure  

PASSION - a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards someone, or something… For the Vancouver Island Symphony’s 24th season, passion for MUSIC...

Vancouver Island Symphony 2018- 2019 Season Brochure  

PASSION - a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards someone, or something… For the Vancouver Island Symphony’s 24th season, passion for MUSIC...

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