PACIFIC BAROQUE announces the inaugural 2018-2019 series

PACIFIC BAROQUE announces the inaugural 2018-2019 series (media release) Inaugural Season includes J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier with Angela Hewitt, the Goldberg Variations on the Cathedral Organ, the Complete Bach Cello Suites, A Monteverdi Christmas Vespers with David Fallis, and the 15th Anniversary Edition of the Pacific Baroque Festival led by Artistic Director Marc Destrubé Victoria, BC – The Pacific Baroque Festival, Christ … [Read more...]

Summer Music at Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC July and August 2018

Summer Music at Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC July and August 2018. (media release) Some of my favourite summer memories with my children were of concerts performed in the majestic space of Christ Church Cathedral.  Here's this summer's program. Over a two-week period this summer (July 20-August 2, 2018), Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria presents five headline concerts you won’t want to miss. Many of these events are presented … [Read more...]

Victoria Summer Music Festival 2018 Season Announcement

Victoria Summer Music Festival 2018 Season Announcement. (media release) Celebrating our twenty-third year! We are thrilled to open our series with the James Ehnes Quartet. Due to the tremendous demand for seats when we presented James in recital, we are again booking the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, in Oak Bay High School, for this concert. Our usual venue, the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at UVic, will be the site for the … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope Sixth Annual Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.

Kaleidoscope Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.  The Family Theatre Festival: 3 Days of Great Performances, 2 New Locations, and a World Premiere! Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is proud to announce our upcoming Family Theatre Festival, taking place on June 9th and 10th at the Belfry Theatre, and June 16th in Langford. For our sixth year, Kaleidoscope is delighted to be expanding our festival, reaching out to … [Read more...]

Djamileh: Unrequited by the Vancouver Island Performers Guild June 6-17, 2018. Preview.

Djamileh: Unrequited by the Vancouver Island Performers Guild June 6-17, 2018. Preview. Djamileh is a comedic opera and love story by Georges Bizet and was first performed in 1872 at the Opéra-Comique, Paris. Djamileh: Unrequited, is the Vancouver Island Performers Guild’s family-friendly adaptation in English showcasing multiple hidden talents Victoria has to offer including elements of vaudeville and circus for a modern … [Read more...]

Oak Bay New Music Festival June 2 & 3 2018 in Victoria BC. Preview.

Oak Bay New Music Festival June 2 & 3 2018 in Victoria BC. Preview.(media release) One of my delights, when I'm not at the theatre, is new music. I've had the opportunity over the past six years to meet and engage with many of Victoria's young composers and musicians.  The Victoria Composers Collective has partnered with the Oak Bay Music Society since 2015 to offer a festival of new music. Originally held in February, the Oak Bay New … [Read more...]

9 to 5 the Musical by the Victoria Operatic Society. A review.

9 to 5 the Musical by the Victoria Operatic Society. A review. Take a trip back to 1980 and be buoyed by the infectious spirit of 9 to 5 the Musical (May 4-3, 2018 at the McPherson Playhouse) with its can-do nature, peppy music and award-winning lyrics. The Victoria Operatic Society has once again pulled out all the stops—not only are there twenty six actors and twelve musicians, but a quick read-through of the programme reveals dozens of … [Read more...]

Perk Up Pianist at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Sarah Hagen.

Perk Up Pianist at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Sarah Hagen. Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest, now in its twenty-first year, runs May 9-19, 2018 in Victoria BC.  It features eighteen shows, including two as part of the new Family Fest Series, and a spotlight on women’s indigenous voices with a guest indigenous curator, Yolanda Bonnell. I’ll be featuring interviews, previews and reviews during the festival. Follow … [Read more...]

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. Working the Musical may be forty years old this year but it still packs an emotional wallop.  Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, under the leadership of director and choreographer Matthew Howe, do great tribute to these stories of ordinary working people.  Based on the book written in 1972 by ethnographer and oral historian Studs Terkel, of his … [Read more...]

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review Swan Song and Other Farces (currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 24-May 6, 2018) combines four of Chekhov’s short farces into one continuous and riotous ninety minute frolic to begin the company’s 10th anniversary season.  Director Jacob Richmond has an unquestionable grasp of the genre, a talent he has honed for over a decade as the founder and one of the main … [Read more...]