Victoria Symphony Society
610-620 View Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1J6
Visit the Victoria Symphony for music from Mozart or the movies, and celebrate summer with a big splash.
|Performing Arts Venue |||Concert Hall|
|Payment |||Cheque, Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||Broughton and Blanshard|
|Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:00 (box office; concerts as scheduled)|
Profile Last Updated: January 08, 2009
If you’re thinking about a night out with some classical music, the Victoria Symphony has you covered. Of course, they play the classics, from Stravinsky to Strauss and often bring in big-name musical guests. But they also have concerts for other musical tastes. Go to hear music from musicals, the past century, or brand-new work from young composers. There are even concerts where you can vote for what you want to hear played. For movie buffs, there are shows featuring music from famous film soundtracks. There are symphony events for kids too.
Listen in Luxury
Most concerts are at the Royal Theatre (downtown on Broughton) or the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria. The Royal Theatre was built in 1913 and it’s still decorated in a rich, opulent style. You can count on the Royal making you feel like royalty. Sink into the seats and let the sound of 100 musicians wash over you. Don’t worry about being underdressed for the symphony; there’s no dress code and you can kick back in casual wear or haute couture. At intermission, enjoy snacks and drinks in the modern lobby.
Making a Splash
The biggest event on the symphony calendar is the Symphony Splash. Every year at the beginning of August, music and light take over the Inner Harbour for a night. Tens of thousands of people come down to enjoy the spectacle. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic to this outdoor show; come early to get the best seats. The afternoon begins like a trip to the fair, with roving entertainers, food stalls, and activities for kids. In the evening, the symphony plays on a barge floating in the harbour. They end the night with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, while cannons fire and fireworks bloom in the sky.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes