Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30pm
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It was ten years ago that Pierre Simard, Artist Director and Conductor for the Vancouver Island Symphony stepped onto the Port Theatre stage for the first time. He performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and now, a full decade later, Simard will once again visit a piece he describes as monumental - a pillar piece for any conductor.
This is a night of celebration – big, bold and Beethoven! What audiences will experience on April 21st, at Pierre's 10th Anniversary, is a night of glorious music. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is the eternal “Choral” Symphony – and includes the famous “Ode to Joy”. Joining Pierre and the stellar orchestra, and the VIS Symphonic Choir and the VIS Children’s Choir, directed by Patricia Plumley. The work’s vibrant message of joy and peace resonates with great importance and meaning – a wonderful way to celebrate a 10 year anniversary!
Simard is excited about this season finale performance and is reflecting on the last 10 years at the helm of the Vancouver Island Symphony. When Simard joined the VIS, the season consisted of seven performances and a school show. Today, there is the Main Stage program, a chamber orchestra series and a matinee series. The Symphony has also expanded its geographical scope with concerts in Campbell River, Courtenay and Duncan. A thrill to see live, symphonic music grow and thrive in the mid-Island region.
Simard says, “I believe that live music allows people to experience a moment in together – there is something magical about 50 musicians performing on stage as one. How lucky I am to be working with these amazing musicians for 10 years here in Nanaimo. It is a gift and a reason to celebrate!”
For more details on Pierre’s 10th Anniversary Concert, Saturday, April 21st at 7:30 pm, and to purchase tickets visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com