The Vancouver Island Symphony under the artistic direction of Pierre Simard is a professional orchestra based in Nanaimo presenting a season of 12 performances at the Port Theatre. The theme for the Symphony's 19th Season is Passport to Great Entertainment with the Timeless Treasures Series taking the audience on a musical journey to Paris, London, Madrid, St. Petersburg and home to Nanaimo!
PARIS Romance opens the season with guest artist Juno Award-winning violinist Alexandre Da Costa to perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Feel the romance of Paris with exquisite and refined French music! Au menu: two famous “Pavanes” by Fauré and Ravel, as well as Bizet’s unique and joyful Symphony.
LONDON Majesty is the next stop on the journey and features Andrew Clark, French Horn & Isaiah Bell, Tenor, performing Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Other works on out London voyage include: Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Haydn's“ March for the Royal Society of Musicians”, Delius' Two Pieces for Small Orchestra, Haydn's Symphony No. 104 (London).
MADRID Passion brings back guitarist Daniel Bolshoy to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
Other works include: Turina La Oracion del Torero, op. 34, De Falla's “El amor brujo:” Suite De Falla and “El Sombrero de tres picos:”. Encounter the passion of Madrid with Turina’s rapturous Bullfighter’s “Prayer” De Falla’s “Love, The Magician” recalls the fire of Gypsy dance and song, and “The Three-Cornered Hat, a pantomime ballet originally produced with set design and costumes by Pablo Picasso, is filled with Andelusian folk and flamenco music.
ST. PETERSBURG Courage - Envision the courage, hope and exotic beauty of Russia’s cultural capital, seat of three revolutions. Pianist Michael Kim returns to Nanaimo to perform Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Piano in C minor op. 35 with obligato trumpet played by VIS Principal Trumpet, Stevan Paranosic.
Other works include: Arensky “Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky”, Borodin / arr. M. Sargent “Nocturne” Stravinsky “Apollon Musagète”.
NANAIMO Home - Home sweet home! In a fun-filled evening, Nanaimo audience members get to pick the music that they will hear for this performance by voting from a selection of popular classical works such as “The Blue Danube Waltz,” “Pomp and Circumstance,” “William Tell Overture,” Pachelbel’s “Canon,” Bach’s “Air on the G String,” and many more! Concertmaster Calvin Dyck, performs the world premiere of a VIS-commissioned violin concerto composed by Emily Doolittle.
Popular Pleasures Series Shows include:Christmas Cirque Spectacular with the return of Cirque de la Symphonie; Movie Music Mania featuring Academy Award-winning and nominated composers like John Williams, Howard Shore, John Barry, James Newton Howard and Ennio Morricone and The Best of the Beatles with the return of the Jeans ’n Classics Band.