The VCM is proud to present our 2015 Piano Honours Concerts on March 7th at 3pm and 4:30pm in our lovely Wood Recital Hall. Enjoy our next generation of incredible pianists. Admission is by donation and we thank you in advance for being part of their musical development.
Irish composer Gerald Berry will be celebrated in his first feature festival in North America. Explore the unexpected and wacky genius of his music and delve into other works created to exhibit the lighter side of life. The vibrant Barry will be in attendance to join the fun.
Burton Cummings and his band will be embarking on a mini-BC tour which will play a series of intimate venues for the most loyal fans. Opening for the “In Your Backyard Tour” will be Vancouver based musician, Wil. The tour will consist of 8 smaller cities for a string of rare appearances. This is a tour about legends coming to your neck of the woods instead of the fans having to drive to the big cities.
Big Sugar are excited to announce that they’re bringing their Acoustical Sounds to a town near you! Starting in January, the band is hitting Canada from coast to coast. The band released a new album, Yard Style, earlier this year, which features new songs and new renditions of some classics.13 tracks of languidly-paced, percussion-heavy acoustic reggae. A fragrant spiritual groundation.
The year was 1991. Presumably, some significant world events occurred. The world truly changed in the fall however, when something truly magnificent happened in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A beacon of hope was lit and has shone brightly ever since – The Arrogant Worms. The Arrogant Worms have sold more than 160,000 copies of their 13 albums. The band has played on three continents to crowds as large as 100,000 and were recognized in 2003 as the Touring Act of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association.
The Civic Orchestra of Victoria is happy to announce Symphonic Masterworks, the third concert of the orchestra’s 31st season. The guest conductor for this concert will be the acclaimed conductor, violist, and music educator Yariv Aloni. Local mezzo-soprano Susan Young will be the featured soloist in the orchestra’s rendition of Elgar’s “Sea Pictures.” Also, the musicians of the Civic Orchestra are looking forward to being accompanied in this concert by harpist Josh Layne and organist Nicholas Fairbank. This community concert will provide an afternoon of varied and beautiful Romantic music, as the Civic Orchestra explores some symphonic highlights of the 19th century.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
Island Savings Free Family Concert Series presents the 8th Annual Cultural Showcase, a harmonious celebration created by Camosun College in partnership with the VCM, and featuring unique and exciting musical performances and dances by students of Camosun International, the VCM, the Victoria Society of Chinese Performing Arts, and the Victoria Chinese Culture Club Dancers.
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.