Current Season 2013/14

Grisha Goryachev

Friday Sept. 20, 8:oopm, St. Barnabas Church. St. Barnabas Map Tickets $30 General, $20 Students/Seniors at the door.

The dazzling classical and flamenco artist Grisha Goryachev makes his first Victoria appearance. It is no exaggeration to place him among the elite of the world’s top Goryachevflamenco artists. He will be playing flamenco compositions by modern and traditional maestros, each with different colors of beauty, intensity, stretching the guitar to express all of its capable emotions.   From delicate harmonics that wittingly ends a playful Garrotin, to fiery rasgueados that accompany the fastest of Bulerias, to delicate tremolos in Granadina, the audience can expect an unbelievable display of musicality, artistry, and technical virtuosity.  Grisha will present the music of Vicente Amigo, Ernesto Lecuona, Mario Escudero, Manolo Sanlúcar, Rafael Riqueni, and Paco de Lucía. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

GuitarWorks – Music of David A. Jaffe

Saturday Nov. 9, 8:00pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, GuitarWorksJaffeMcLaurin Bldg. $17.50 & $13.50 Buy tickets hereGuitarWorks features the music of Bay Area composer David A. Jaffe joining Victoria musicians in a concert of diverse works. David A. Jaffe: mandolin and 5-string banjo, Alex Jang: mandolin, Doug Hensley: guitar, Guyonne Le Louarn: viola, Susan Young: soprano, Alexei Paish: conductor, UVic Guitar Orchestra, Alexander Dunn: guitar and producer. The program includes the Canadian premiere of May All Your Children Be Acrobats, for soprano, eight guitars, and electro-acoustic sound, on texts of Carl Sandburg, and the premiere of Grass Valley Fire for two mandolins and two guitars.. A fascinating offering of eclectic music by one of North America’s most interesting and engaging composers. This concert is supported by the VGS.


Sat. Nov. 16, 8:0opm Chapel of the New Jerusalem (Burdett & Quadra). This concert is supported by the VGS. “Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet.”—Stephen Petit, The London Evening Standard.

LachrymaeThe splendid British viol consort brings a program celebrating the 450th anniversary of John Dowland, England’s eminent Elizabethan composer. Featuring Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares for viol consort and Renaissance Lute. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear the Lachrymae cycle in its glorious entirety, featuring one of Europe’s finest lutenists, Elizabeth Kenney. Guitar Masterclass with Elizabeth Kenney: Chapel of the New Jerusalem, Sat. Nov. 16, 2-5pm. Free admission to masterclass.

And though the title doth promise teares, unfit guests in these ioyfull times, yet no doubt pleasant are the teares which Musicke weepes, neither are teares shed alwayes in sorrow, but sometime in ioy and gladnesse.” John Dowland, in his dedication to Queen Anne of Lachrimae (1604).

A Britten Celebration

Sat. Nov. 23, 8;00pm Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, McLaurin Bldg.$17.50 & $13.50 Buy tickets here. Solo, ensemble and vocal works of the eminent Britten CelebrationBritish composer, Benjamin Britten, commemorating the centenary of his birth. Victoria Conservatory of Music faculty present a program revealing the composers’ fascination with compatriots  Henry Purcell and John Dowland, and a portrait of the the composers’ vocal and instrumental works. A Britten Celebration includes three Purcell songs arranged by Britten, Songs from the Chinese. Op. 68, Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70, Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of Dowland Op. 43, Introduction & Rondo Burlesca Op. 23#1, and the Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 65. With Kathyrn Whitney – mezzo-soprano, Roger Buksa & Anna Cal – piano duo,  Guyonne Le Louarn – viola, Anne Grimm – soprano, Robert Holliston – piano, Paula Kiffner – cello, Alexander Dunn – guitar and producer. Tune in here for the live broadcast. This concert is supported by the VGS.

Alexander Dunn

Saturday March 29, 8:00pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, McLaurin Bldg. Virtuoso Alexander Dunn in a solo recital of works of Schulz, Willcocks, Britten, and Bach. Details TBA. This concert is supported by the VGS.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Guitar Division

Monday April 7 James Reid, Adjudicator. First Metropolitan Church Chapel. Registration for the GVPAF is by early January. Details to be announced.








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