Symphony hopes to make a splash with a 10-day festival

Symphony Around Town performances July 22-31. Finale on Legislative Lawn with Victoria Symphony, Steven Page Trio and fireworks.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Where: Various locations in Victoria

When: 22.-31. July

Tickets: Some shows are free. Prices for ticketed events start at $29 through the Royal McPherson ticket office (250-386-6121) or rmts.bc.ca.

Information: victoriasymphony.ca/splasharoundtown

After a two-year absence, Splash is back – but it’s leaving the Inner Harbour.

There is hope that the hugely popular Symphony Splash will return, but the stage that was used is no longer insurable and efforts are being made to find out the cost of a replacement.

For now, musicians are performing on solid ground as part of the Splash Around Town: Symphony in the Summer Festival.

Symphony CEO Matthew White said it feels good to be bringing back Splash, which runs July 22-31.

“This city hasn’t seen one of its signature celebrations in two years,” White said. “And we’ve heard from countless community members that summer just didn’t feel right without him.”

He said the festival will be very comprehensive.

“The music and musicians we will share represent not only the Western classical tradition, but also the many diverse cultures that make up our community,” White said.

The festival features both ticketed events and a free concert series at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park, presented in partnership with Caravan World Rhythms.

Highlights include Dee Daniels at the Royal Theater on July 22nd at 7:30pm. The four-octave jazz diva presents standards from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.

The other paid events are the Complete Brandenburg Concertos with Marco Vitale, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, and Mozart and Martinis at 6:00 p.m. on July 29 in the Atrium. Sean O’Loughlin will conduct the Victoria Symphony at 800 Yates St.

The free performances begin on Saturday when Aysanabee takes to the Cameron Bandshell stage at 7:30pm

Aysanabee, who has Oji Cree roots, has been in the spotlight since the 2020 Indigenous Music Awards, performing folk, indie pop rock and rhythm and blues.

More free shell concerts will follow on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and next Saturday. Concert-goers can sit on one of the benches at the venue or bring their own deckchairs and blankets.

The free two-event finale on July 31 begins in the afternoon on the Legislative Lawn with Quebec Ensemble La Nef performing sea shanties at 5 p.m. O’Loughlin will conduct.

He will also conduct the Steven Page Trio in a 7:30pm performance at the Legislature. The group consists of former Barenaked Lady lead singer, Page, Craig Northey on guitar and vocals, and Kevin Fox on cello and vocals.

Fireworks are part of the show.

jbell@timescolonist.com

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