Concert Details

Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony

Performances:
Friday, December 15th, 2017 – 8:00pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 – 2:30pm
UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Monday, December 18th, 2017 – 7:30pm
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Duncan

Soloists:
Eve-Lyn de la Haye, Soprano
Kirsten Schellenberg, Alto
Justin Odwak, Tenor
Michael Nyby, Baritone

Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased at the Victoria Symphony Box Office. Tickets for the concert in Duncan can be purchased at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

Description:
Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony and Brian Wismath, guest conductor.

Locations & Parking:
Please see UVic and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre’s website for more information.

Concert Details

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Performance:
Sunday, February 11th, 2018 – 2:00pm
UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Soloists:
Ingrid Attrot, Soprano
Sarah Fryer, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Glenn, Tenor
Gary Relyea, Bass-Baritone

Tickets:
https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2618.html

Description:
This performance, under the baton of Brian Wismath, will be sung in Latin and will feature over 120 singers, soloists, and accompanied by orchestra with members of the Victoria Symphony.  Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is very rarely performed in Victoria, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

Victoria’s tie to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is thanks to Prince Nikita Sergeyevich Galitzine (1912–2003), a Russian émigré who lived in Victoria with his beloved wife, Eve. Together, they helped establish Victoria’s St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church, and donated the Fairfield building which is now its home. Long before the 1917 revolution put an end to the Russian aristocracy, one of Nikita’s ancestors—Prince Nikolai Borisovich Galitzine—was a benefactor of Beethoven, and paid in advance for three string quartets. This money allowed Beethoven to complete his Missa Solemnis, which premiered at St. Petersburg under the patronage of Galitzine and the Tsar.

Beethoven’s Catholic “solemn mass” includes five typical mass movements: Kyrie Eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei; it ends with a prayer for peace. Beethoven left out the communion and Lord’s Prayer because he wrote Missa Solemnis for a particularly triumphant event: the elevation of his piano student, the Hapsburg nobleman Rudolph Rainier (1788–1831), Archduke of Austria, to the religious position of Archbishop of Olomouc (Olmütz). Eventually, Beethoven dedicated 14 compositions to Ranier, his friend, pupil, and patron.

After the premiere in 1824, Prince Galitzine wrote to the composer, “I have never heard anything so sublime. This whole work is a treasure of beauties; it can be said that your genius has anticipated the centuries.” Today, almost two centuries later, the VCS presents Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in a city that is linked across time with the masterpiece.

Location & Parking:
Please see UVic’s website for more information.

Missa Solemnis Poster

Concert Details

Verdi’s Requiem with the Victoria Symphony

Performances:
May 12, 2018 – 8:00pm
May 13, 2018 – 2:30pm
Royal Theatre

Soloists:
Kari Postma, Soprano
Megan Latham, Mezzo Soprano
Peter Lodahl, Tenor
Todd Thomas, Baritone

Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased at the Victoria Symphony Box Office.

Description:
Verdi’s Requiem with the Victoria Symphony and Christian Kluxen, conductor.

Location & Parking:
Please see the Royal Theatre’s website for more information.