The Victoria Symphony (led by Music Director Tania Miller) announced its 75th anniversary season last week, and it’s a blockbuster, featuring such guests as Yo Yo Ma, James Ehnes, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Angela Cheng, celebrating its musical roots and future with joint concerts with the Naden Band and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, and undertaking its first-ever Canadian tour, stopping in Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City.
Les Violons du Roy announced its 2015-16 season earlier this month, and the announcement includes the very happy news of founding music director Bernard Labadie’s return to the podium for four programs, as well as a North American tour. Featured guests on the orchestra’s series in both Québec and Montréal include such prominent conductors and soloists as Anthony Marwood (recently named principal guest artist), Christophe Coin, Leonardo García Alarcón, Jonathan Cohen, Robert D. Levin, Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and audience favourites Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, and John Mark Ainsley. Associate conductor Matthieu Lussier plays a prominent role throughout the season, as well.
Markham ON’s Kindred Spirits Orchestra (led by Maestro Kristian Alexander) has announced its 2015-16 season at the Flato Markham Theatre. It’s an ambitious program of classics: highlights include Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky-Ravel, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat.