Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
Henry Lawes lived through the troubled times of 17th-century England. He was acknowledged in his day as one of the finest composers for the voice. With his extended vocal ranges, his expressive melodies, his vibrant dissonances and the high poetic quality of his texts, Lawes is a subtle painter of the melancholy of his age.
Come on out for a night of great local music, while also raising funds and awareness for mental health! This event will include four musical performances, as well as some brief presentations about mental illness by guest speakers. All profits from ticket sales will be split equally between NEED 2 Suicide Prevention, Education, and Support, and the Victoria branch of the BC Schizophrenia Society.
Whitehorses live show is built on mesmerizing guitar work and smoldering vocal chemistry, but also brings much more to the stage with complex layers of percussion, keyboard and telephone receiver amplification, tangled like an embrace with the help of looping pedals.
April 12 at 2pm, the VCM Introductory Orchestra, the Intermediate orchestra, and the Jr. Collegium chamber groups will be playing a concert of delightful ensemble music in Alix Goolden Performance Hall.
Join Tania Miller as she interviews concertmaster Terence Tam about what it means to lead the Victoria Symphony. Find out what it means to be a concertmaster and what the role of a concertmaster is in a Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy getting to know Terry as he gives us a behind the scenes account of what it is like to juggle a job as a violinist and an emergency room doctor and how he came to be involved in both. Concert pianist Lorraine Min will join Terence and both will play excerpts from select pieces.
A celebration of the written word and the rich literary community of the West Coast, this evening of music, song and literature is animated by themes of British Columbia’s rich heritage and culture. The evening’s music will be inspired by the work and readings of renowned writers Susan Musgrave, George Bowering, Steven Price and Alice Munro. The writers will be reading their own work with the exception of Alice Munro. Her work will be read by her daughter Sheila Munro.
The 5th (BC) Field Regiment RCA Band is the oldest continually operational military band in Western Canada. Tracing their origins back to 1864 – when they were known as the Band of the Victoria Volunteer Rifle Corps – they have been an integral part of the musical and cultural history of Victoria since that time. Both the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific and Victoria Symphony were started with members of the Fifth! Currently, the band consists of both active Reserve Force members and Associate Members.
Mystic, poet, saint, visionary, Doctor of the Church: Hildegard was many things, but perhaps above all she was a composer of inspired music. This internationally acclaimed ensemble transports audiences back to the 12th century and makes it possible to share Hildegard’s ecstasy.
Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto) and Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) team up to perform a dynamic concert program featuring Steve Reich’s Pulitzer prizewinning Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen’s politically charged Worker’s Union, and the World Premiere of Hum a new work for all 12 musicians by Brian Harman (Toronto/Montreal).