A Spring of Music 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May.

A Spring of Music 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May. Regular readers of my Monday Magazine column and this website know that I have a wide interest in the arts; it spans not only theatre but music, art and dance.  In fact when my children were young (and taking piano and trumpet lessons) our arts experiences were mainly focused on concerts with the University of Victoria School of Music events being some of our favourites.  In recent years I have … [Read more...]

Victoria Symphony New Music Festival celebrates Gerald Barry March 5-9 2015

Victoria Symphony New Music Festival celebrates Gerald Barry March 5-9 2015. Victoria BC. Irish composer Gerald Berry will be celebrated in his first feature festival in North America March 5-9 in Victoria BC. Explore the unexpected and wacky genius of his music and delve into other works created to exhibit the lighter side of life. The vibrant Barry will be in attendance to join the fun. Other concerts in the festival will include the Emily … [Read more...]

Ligeti Festival celebrates composer’s centenary in Victoria BC. March 21-29 2014.

Ligeti Festival celebrates composer's centenary in Victoria BC March 21-29 2014 I first learned of the upcoming Ligeti Festival through an e-bulletin from the University of Victoria School of Music, and started to do research on this unknown-to-me composer. What I found was fascinating—for, as with many people, I had actually heard his music.  It’s been used extensively (sometimes without prior permission) in the movies 2001: A Space … [Read more...]

University of Victoria School of Music presents tribute to Mahler Jan 6 – 11 2014

A tribute to Mahler, presented by the University of Victoria School of Music, January 6 - 11, 2014, includes Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde).  My knowledge of Mahler - sadly - is limited to the 1974 biographical film by Ken Russell, so when Kristy Farkas, the Concert Manager for the UVic School of Music, contacted me with news of a week-long Mahler tribute, I knew that I had to add some of the events to my arts calendar. I've also … [Read more...]

Cage 100 Festival in Victoria BC – a fine arts collaboration

I’m always looking to extend my cultural horizons beyond tried and true choices. The Cage Festival, November 8th – 22nd has definitely piqued my interest.   Four Victoria arts institutions - the Victoria Symphony, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, University of Victoria (School of Music) and Open Space - are celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth by hosting a series of concerts, art exhibitions and special retrospectives … [Read more...]