Escape with the Island symphony this year

Escape is the feeling that reflects the three, one hour concerts presented by the Vancouver Island Symphony, under the direction of Pierre Simard, at the Sid Williams Theatre this season.

The first of the Symphony at the Sid series happens on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. with a musical escape titled Love Stories.

The Vancouver Island Symphony brings romance, passion and tenderness to the program where the eternal theme is revisited through orchestral storytelling, featuring famous couples – Romeo and Juliet, Pelléas and Mélisande, Dido and Aeneas- and more great musical gems from film, opera and ballet.

Eternal melodies, heart-melting tales, passionate playing – you’ll fall in love again.

This is a beautiful, serene way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Classical, romantic music in the warm, embracing Sid Williams Theatre – with a reception to follow, where you can mix and mingle with the musicians of the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Musical escape number two is Scheherazade and takes place on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. and is based on The Arabian Nights, Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral masterpiece. Experience the colourful, exotic musical tale in a poetic and virtuosic Vancouver Island Symphony performance.

The finale of the Symphony at the Sid Series is on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Escape number three is Mozart’s “great” G Minor Symphony– one of the best symphonic works ever written. This dark-toned, intensely emotional piece is preceded by a forgotten Schubert Overture, and a brand-new, water-inspired orchestral showpiece by Victoria composer, Jared Miller.

Visit for more information on all Island performances. Tickets can be purchased as a ticket series subscription or individually through the Sid Williams Theatre online at, by phone at 250-338-2430 or in person at 442 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.

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