The Victoria Symphony is presenting a series of summer concerts in and around Victoria this summer, including a pair of concerts of popular classics (July 22 and 25) at Christ Church Cathedral, led by Michael Gormley and Giuseppe Pietraroia respectively; an evening of “Russian show-stoppers” at Butchart Gardens on July 29, led by music director Tania Miller; and – of course – the orchestra’s annual Symphony Splash, described as “the largest outdoor orchestra concert in North America”, taking place on August 2. The program is inspired by dance, features an array of young soloists, and culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with Navy Field Guns, and fireworks.
Symphony New Brunswick continues to expand its program, and the orchestra’s Camerata NB will be presenting family concerts, led by Music Director Michael Newnham, in both Saint John and St. Andrews on August 15 and 16.
The Orchestre symphonique de Québec makes its annual summer pilgrimage to Ste.-Irénée, home of the Domaine Forget festival, on July 25. For the occasion, guest conductor Jacques Lacombe has programmed a celebration of orchestral music used in film, and the program ranges from the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 to John Williams’s music from Star Wars and Schindler’s List. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will be featured in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Schindler’s List.
We were sorry to have missed a spectacular week of music-making, hosted by Sistema Toronto last week, culminating in a concert with over 150 young music-makers onstage at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church on July 18. The festivities united Sistema students from Italy, the UK, Ottawa’s OrKidstra and London, Ontario’s Sistema Aeolian too, as well as members of the Toronto Symphony Youth and Mooredale Orchestras, and The Royal Conservatory of Music, and coaches and instructors came from Ontario, the UK and Italy as well. The events were underwritten in part by the European Union’s Culture Program.