August 9th 2010

Symphony Splash a success

The Victoria Symphony Splash played its way into its third decade on Sunday night, as thousands of folks attended the community concert filled with classical repertoire.

This year, the event saluted the Centennial of the Royal Canadian Navy in both music and activities, along with outdoor concerts performed by the Victoria Symphony.

The concerts included “Heart of Oak” by Boyce, “Guadalcanal March” from Victory at Sea, by Rodgers, as well as movie favourites from Jaws and Titanic. The outdoor concerts were housed at notable Victoria and surrounding area landmarks, such as Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, Market Square, Centennial Square, and the Inner Harbour.

Other activities included ship tours of HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Edmonton, and interactive family activities from the Victoria Children’s Museum and VS Instrument Petting Zoo.

Rob Gialloreto, CEO and President of Tourism Victoria, also announced a new fundraising initiative, Victoria Symphony Splash Band of Heroes, which was launched by the Victoria Symphony to help this year’s Symphony Splash. It was a huge success with 47 Heroes each giving $1,000 or more in support of Splash with a total of $52,000 raised to date.

The event wrapped with two talented musicians: the Splash Young Soloists. Sixteen-year-old pianist Grace Ma, performed Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and eighteen-year-old Phillip Manning performed the 2nd movement from Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1.

The final concert concluded with Victoria Symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, accompanied by fireworks and two crews of four executing 50 calibre brass shells into rifled guns.

To all who had the opportunity to experience the event, it was an amazing show.

“This kind of concert, I have never seen anywhere else,” Jan Bouillard of Belgium told the Vancouver Sun.

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