Victoria Symphony music director Christian Kluxen enthusiastically conducts the orchestra during the 2018 Symphony Splash on the Inner Harbour. The massively attended by-donation event returns to the barge in the harbour on B.C. Day weekend, Sunday, Aug. 4. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony

Victoria Symphony celebrates 30 years of making a splash in the harbour

Annual B.C. Day weekend staple brings classical music to the masses on Aug. 4

Heralding the halcyon days of August, the Victoria Symphony Splash is as much a part of the city’s summer calendar as blooming rose gardens and ocean dips.

On Sunday, Aug. 4, join tens of thousands of your closest friends and neighbours in Victoria’s Inner Harbour for a relaxed afternoon of picnicking, before the VSO, led by Maestro Christian Kluxen, takes to the floating stage to enchant and enthrall as the sun languidly sets over the city.

The 2019 Victoria Symphony Splash young soloist is pianist Carey Wang, a student at Oak Bay High and an award-winning young musician. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony

Now in its 30th year, this by-donation event is one of the most direct ways the Victoria Symphony Orchestra showcases its work and shares its passion for classical music with the wider Victoria community.

As groups spread their blankets and set up folding chairs on the front lawns of the B.C. legislature, kayakers and canoeists take to the water, mooring their crafts as close to the barge as possible to get the best view.

A major element of this annual concert is the performance alongside the symphony of a young soloist. This year, Carey Wang, an award-winning pianist and Grade 9 student at Oak Bay High, will take to the stage as part of the evening’s program.

The entertainment begins with the opening act, the Naden Band, at 4 p.m., followed by the Orchestra Parade and the Symphony taking to the stage at 7:30 pm. During the intermission, the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) Pipes and Drums band will be parading.

A family friendly beverage garden, sponsored by Lighthouse Brewing and located on Belleville Street between The Empress and the Royal BC Museum, will be serving a variety of beers and wine from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

The magical evening comes to an epic finale with the playing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, set to a glittering backdrop of fireworks, and the playing of “Amazing Grace.”

For more information on this concert or the VSO’s coming season, visit victoriasymphony.ca.

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP arrest woman, seize drugs, cash and replica firearms in Langford

Bike unit seizes 178 grams of methamphetamine and about 48 grams of mixed opioids

Both sides in Saanich School District strike question calls for mediation

Sidney council has called on the province to appoint a mediator

Disturbing sexual, criminal trends with Greater Victoria youth on the rise

Family counsellors see unprecedented rise in youth sexual assaults and exploitation of children

Save-On-Food customers can help save lives with small, at till donations

New campaign aims to raise $25,000 to purchase patient monitor for VGH’s pediatric intensive care unit

VIDEO: Saanich police search for man suspected of stealing poppy donation boxes

Boxes were taken from Uptown Mall, pharmacy on Shelbourne Street

VIDEO: Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist stereotypes

Disney’s disclaimer is a good way to begin discussion about the larger issue of racism

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

First Nations ‘optimistic’ about road upgrades after Horgan visits site of fatal bus crash

Premier travelled Bamfield Main road, where bus flipped last September and two students were killed

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

B.C. man facing 18 charges after hidden camera found in Kelowna winery washroom

The camera was found at Summerhill Winery on Aug. 23

No new rules needed to ensure timely youth justice, Supreme Court says

Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

Most Read