Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Victoria Philharmonic Choir
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir is an important auditioned symphonic choir choral with 85 voices based in Victoria British Columbia. It complements the nationally known Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria.


2007/2008 Season
6 November: University of Victoria and 11 November 2006 Port Theatre, Nanaimo. Requiem by Karl Jenkins. Canadian Premiere performance
5, 7 & 8 April McPherson Playhouse Victoria. Samson by GF Handel
This performance was set in 1964 Palestine drawing inspiration from theKing David Hotel bombing [2] This setting which turned out to be very contoversial brought the choir to prominence in National [3] and International media [4] , [5] because although no words of the original oratorio were changed, Samson was cast as a suicide bomber rather than using his brute strength to destroy the temple of his enemies. The artistic director wished people to think about what motivates suicide bombing today in comparison to samson's wish to destoy the Phillistine Temple. See also: [6] Most of those that saw the performance were touched by the performance, some of those who did not including Rex Murphy of the Globe and Mail were critical of updating timeless masterpieces in this way.
13,14 May Royal Theatre, Victoria. Choral Fantasy (Beethoven) , Ave verum corpus[7] (Mozart) with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra

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