Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vancouver Island Symphony launches new season

The Vancouver Island Symphony launches their new Season of Performances
Music is Life. Live it Here!
with Timeless Treasures and Popular Pleasures

“Music surrounds everything we do and touches us in so many ways,” says Maestro Pierre Simard. Music stimulates the mind, communicates emotion; helps us feel, nurtures the soul. The human brain is wired for music – so life without music is unthinkable! It is timeless - and has been a part of life on Earth from the ancient past with the song of whales and birds through to the present with iPods and thousands of tunes to choose from. But, while iPods and internet allow us instant on-the-go music, nothing can match the thrill of a LIVE concert, and the ‘high’ it can give.

Located right in the heart of Nanaimo, the Vancouver Island Symphony, directed by Pierre Simard, gives that thrill, that ‘high’, with the full surround-sound of orchestrated music performed live on stage by 45 professional and vibrant musicians and exceptional guest artists who share their outstanding talents.

This year the Vancouver Island Symphony launches TWO new concert series subscriptions within their 18th season, titled ‘Music is Life. Live it here!’ It is a season packed with powerful, inspiring, jaw-dropping music to satisfy every taste – from Timeless Treasures of the great classics and two world premieres, to Popular Pleasures and familiar favourites.

Timeless Treasures Series

Who can deny the brilliance of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms? On October 20, ‘B is for Brilliance’ features their fantastic music and the dynamic skills of pianist Sarah Davis Buechner. On Monday, November 26 the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents ‘The Galileo Project’, an audio-visual spectacle with music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Lully and Handel, accompanied by high-definition images from the Hubble telescope. To celebrate the season in style on December 15, the guest choir ‘musica intima’ joins the VI Symphony for a traditional ‘Intimate Christmas’. Marvelous music by Bartok, Simard, Barber, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and the rapturous voice of soprano Nadya Blanchette, bring ‘Serenades for Spring’ on March 16. And on April 20 the grand season finale, ‘Birds of a Feather’, features flutist Paolo Bortolussi, music by Rautovaara and Morlock, and concludes with Beethoven’s most beautiful ‘Pastoral Symphony’.

Popular Pleasures Series

Three exciting and surprise-filled collaborations are perfect introductory experiences for the new symphony goer. On November 17 there will be magic as world-class aerialists and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie fly overhead while the VI Symphony performs light classical masterpieces and popular film music. Then who can pass up The Best of Elton John on January 19, as singer John Meilleur, pianist John Regan and the Jeans’n Classics Band join forces with the musicians of the VI Symphony in a rockin’ tribute with Circle of Life, Rocket Man, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, and many more favourites! And, Back...by Popular Demand: Ken Lavigne on Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m.! This concert is the perfect Valentine treat as the Island’s much loved tenor embraces the audience while singing the best love songs of all time... and tells stories.

Get the best seats now!

With the purchase of a package of all eight season concerts, or the Timeless Treasures series of five shows, or the Popular Pleasures series of three shows, the Vancouver Island Symphony offers up to 40% off the regular single ticket price. Call the Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550 to book your symphony tickets now!

‘Music is Life. Live it Here! Downtown in the Hub City, with Nanaimo’s very own jewel of an orchestra – the Vancouver Island Symphony! For information about concerts, performers, musicians, community days and more visit: www.vancouverislandsymphony.com.