Victoria Symphony helps celebrate city’s 150th anniversary

Posted on: August 6, 2012

In Sunday’s (8/5) Vancouver Sun (B.C., Canada), Cory Ruf writes, “A signature event of the summer entertainment calendar, Symphony Splash owes more than a drip of its success to the venue in which it is presented. … One might even venture to say downtown Victoria, with its grand colonial buildings and dramatic natural backdrop, is the second-biggest star of the show, ranking just behind the Victoria Symphony players up on the floating stage. Appropriately, the city is getting much deserved special billing for this year’s event, taking place on Sunday. In honour of Victoria’s 150th anniversary, the program boasts two compositions that pay loving homage to the B.C. capital’s history and storied architectural landscape. The soirée, now in its 23rd year, will feature the world première of Harmonious Interest, the final movement in a yet-to-be-completed work by Toronto-based composer Chan Ka Nin. Commissioned for the symphony by Victoria 150 and an anonymous donor, the full suite, an exploration of Chinatown’s origins and the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada, will debut in March. … In a tribute to its more immediate environs, the symphony will reprise local composer Tobin Stokes’s Inner Harbour Overture, which debuted at Splash in 2008.”

Posted August 6, 2012