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September 27, 2013

Roy Recommends – Victoria Symphony – The Red Violin October 5th

Lara St. John

The Victoria Symphony has many wonderful performances throughout the year. One of note is coming up Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 – The Red Violin. Enjoy music from two fabulous films – The Red Violin and West Side Story.

The symphony will be playing four pieces:

  • Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • Concerto for Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
  • The Red Violin Suite, John Corigliano (1938- )
  • Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

Renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John will make her debut with the Victoria Symphony to play the Red Violin Suite. Lara has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has been playing violin since she was two. Amazing!

Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will also be performed. West Side Story is Bernstein’s most popular work. It’s based on the retelling of Romeo and Juliet and set in New York. Dances has been described as profoundly difficult, but well worth the effort. It will be wonderful to hear I’m sure!

It is always a pleasure to listen to the Victoria Symphony and The Red Violin is a particularly beautiful piece. The performance will be at the Royal Theatre – 805 Broughton Street, just a few blocks from Chateau Victoria. You can buy tickets here. The prices range from $18 to $55.

Roy Recommends

Roy has been a Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004. He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.