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Victoria Symphony Orchestra to begin new season

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.

The Victoria Symphony Orchestra and musical director Darryl One has unveiled the 2012-13 season repertoires, with five Master Series performances at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

The 39th season will mark the beginning of a new three-year focus in programming called "The Brandenburg Project."

The schedule will open with the heavy-hitting symphony Dvorak's "New World Symphony" on Saturday.

"If you're talking about great composers, you have to include Dvorak," One said.

Other concerts in the series are Brahms' Symphony No. 1 on Oct. 20, Mahler's "Titan" Symphony on Feb. 23, and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique on April 27.

Elena Urioste will be a featured guest artist. He received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, London Music Masters Award, a Salon de Virtuosi career grant, and a first-prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition.

Canadian cellist Soo Bae will come to Victoria in February. She's received acclaim from The New Yorker and The Strad publications for rich and romantic style with crisp incisive technique, according to a news release.

The final concert of the season in April will feature the Brandenburg Project and VSO principal musicians on two of Bach's six Brandenburg concertos; Concertmaster Steven McMillan, Diana Sipes playing flute, Jennifer Bernard on the oboe and Victoria's own Ron Ledbetter on trumpet.

The six Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach are pillars of musical history, highly innovative and timeless in their popularity.

This year, the VSO will premiere the Brandenburg Project, a three-year examination and performance of all six concertos. Concertos No. 2 and No. 5 will be performed this season, with two per season featured in the next two years.

Pre-concert lectures will focus on each concerto's background and place in musical history, along with demonstrations of Baroque performance, practice and period execution of these works in concert.

Other performances include the January POPS, Arrive from Sweden: Music of ABBA with smash songs "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia" and "Waterloo."

The VSO will also bring back family-friendly events, the Symphonic Spooktacular on Oct. 18 and Downtown Rhythms on April 25.

Full-time students will be able to indulge in the fine arts through the Student Rush program.

Concert tickets will cost $5, 30 minutes before the classical master series concerts, with the exception of the ABBA show.

One said he encourages newcomers to experience the symphony because it likely will be a pleasant surprise.

"There's plenty to like this season," he said.



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