Upcoming March 15, 2013. McPherson Playhouse, Victoria, BC — For many years, Victoria was known as home of the ‘newly wed and the nearly dead!’. Not any more. Victoria is a thriving, vibrant city blessed with the only Mediterranean climate in Canada (which is enough for me to want to live there) and fine cultural institutions such as the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
The Symphony wanted to pay tribute to Victoria’s Chinese cultural heritage, its famous Chinatown in particular. ‘A Chinatown Celebration’ is the result — a six week festival of cultural events culminating in a very special concert on March 15. Chinese/Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin will premiere a new commission inspired by the Gates of Harmonious Interest, the entry way to Chinatown. The piece itself will include both narrative and theatrical elements. Also included is the beautiful Chinese ‘Butterfly Lovers Concerto’, performed by the orchestra’s concertmaster, Terence Tam. The concert will be conducted by the Symphony’s dynamic music director, Tania Miller.
The Victoria Symphony’s Chinatown Celebration is an excellent example of the new, creative ways many classical presenters are relating to concert-goers. Under Tania Miller’s leadership, the orchestra has energized, entertained and forged valuable collaborative ties with Victoria’s arts and business community. It’s a model that works well for the community as a whole. Most recently, the Symphony produced a two-week New Music Festival celebrating the 100th Anniversary of composer John Cage. Prior to that, the orchestra’s ‘Exploration’ series included concerts centred on Canadian artist Emily Carr, featuring five world premieres.
‘A Chinatown Celebration‘ continues through to March 15, 2013.
The final concert on March 15 will include:
Dorothy Chang : Strange Air
Chen Gang / He Zhanhao : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Chan Ka Nin : World Premiere