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Friday, September 18, 2009

Victoria Symphony Heightens Its Beltone Pops Experience

Victoria, BC – On September 17, 18, and 19, international vocal quintet Five By Design opens the Beltone Pops Series with Swingin’ and Singin’. This season, the Pops guarantees big band sound, bigger performances, and the biggest pops experience the Victoria Symphony has produced.

The Victoria Symphony has upgraded its Pops series to provide its audience with entertainment. With well-known pops performers including Five By Design, trombone soloist David Martin, and soprano Rachel Landrecht, the series is stronger than ever. The Victoria Symphony also partners with the Canadian College of Performing Arts in a tribute to the Best of Broadway. Conductor Brian Jackson and CCPA co-directors Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning will dazzle and excite the audience with colourful costumes, talented young singers and dancers and live orchestra.

“Our Beltone Pops series will bring Victoria audiences a quality experience, the best in entertainment, and six different evenings to remember,” said Victoria Symphony Executive Director Mitchell Krieger. The Victoria Symphony’s mission is to enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music; through Beltone Pops’ high-quality concerts, this series garners popular appeal as the concert experience is more than just the music, it is an event to attend. With activities happening in the lobby before and after the performance, the audience is in for a real treat.

Maestro Brian Jackson is the Principal Pops conductor of the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London Canada. At the age of 25, Jackson was the youngest Music Director in Canada (Peterborough Symphony) and since that time he has conducted all the major Canadian orchestras. He has also led orchestras in the UK, Europe, the United States and South America. Jackson has performed all major symphony and choral literature as well as being recognized as a champion of Canadian composers.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences high-quality concerts in seven diverse series, and a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. More than 125,000 people hear the Symphony each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony’s 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Five By Design’s signature harmonies, unforgettable melodies and swinging rhythms stand out on the American landscape. This nationally acclaimed vocal quintet has been the choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centres delighting hundreds of thousands, offering more than 60 performances each season nationally and internationally.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Beltone Better Hearing Centre for these performances.

For complete programming details of the 2009-2010 season please visit

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