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2022-2023 Season Archives

MusicalTheatreMusical Theatre

Guests—Oak Bay High School

April 21, 2023      Sidney 2:00 pm
April 23, 2023    Oak Bay 2:00 pm

The history of musical theatre begins with its transition from opera and operetta. In operetta and musical theatre the actors sing but they speak the dialogue. From its earliest days with shows such as No, No Nanette (1925) and Showboat (1926), musical theatre has developed to become North America’s contribution to the world arts scene. Expect to hear selections from the pen of George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter.



AutumnSerenadeAutumn Serenade 

Erik Abbink, saxophone

October 6, 2022    Sidney 2:00 pm
October 9, 2022    Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Autumn is the perfect time of the year for a concert embracing the Canadian landscape. The repertoire will include music by Canadian icon Robert Farnon, Vancouver composer Michael Conway Baker and arrangements by the Percy Faith Orchestra. Guest soloist Erik Abbink, saxophone, will play Four Pictures from New York by Roberto Molinelli and Ennio Morricone’s The Mission. 


SunnyShamsA Valentine for You

Sunny Shams, tenor

February 17, 2023      Sidney 2:00 pm
February 19, 2023    Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Local Sidney tenor Sunny Shams joins the Orchestra in opera, operetta and musical theatre selections guaranteed to warm the heart. The orchestra, with conductor Charles Job, perform selections from Arthur Sullivan’s Patience and John Kander’s Chicago. A concert that brings a special romance to our valentine celebrations.



2021-2022 Season Archives

Barbara BlairBroadway Melody from the Golden Age

Kiiri Michelsen, mezzo soprano

April 21, 2022    Sidney 2:00 pm
April 24, 2022    Oak Bay 2:00 pm

From George Gershwin to Andrew Lloyd Webber, from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim and from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Lerner & Loewe New York’s Broadway Theatres have presented the very best of musical theatre throughout the 20th century. Help us celebrate their artistic achievement. 


Charles JobGrand Hotel from a more genteel age

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello

February 17, 2022 Sidney 2:00 pm
February 20, 2022 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Today’s Palm Court Light Orchestra is not the first musical ensemble to entertain Victoria Society. “Victoria's famous Empress Hotel was the location in 1929 and 1930 of CPR Festivals. William (Billy) Tickle, led the dance bands in the hotel's ballroom, and his Palm Court trio played during teatime for over 30 years (ca 1927-1960)”*. Enjoy waltzes, marches, intermezzos and operetta & musical theatre selections plus beautiful cello solos in a warm intimate setting.


2019-2020 Season Archives

Charles JobCanadian Impressions

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello

April 2, 2020 Sidney 2:00 pm
April 3, 2020 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

One of the most respected composers of light orchestral music was Canadian Robert Farnon. We will perform some of his pieces along with the music of Vancouver composer Michael Conway Baker. We will also present a new work for orchestra by Victoria composer Mark Reed called Message to Home. Completing the afternoon will be cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni  performing music by Offenbach, Faure, Popper and Victor Herbert as    played at Prince Harry and Megan Markles’ royal wedding.


Barbara BlairThe Titanic Orchestra

Alana Hayes, mezzo soprano

October 10, 2019 Sidney 2:00 pm
October 11, 2019 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Concert Programme

The legend is that they played “Nearer My God to Thee” as the ship went down but the Titanic Orchestra led by violinist Wallace Hartley from  Colne, Lancashire certainly played all the famous Edwardian “palm court” numbers.



Guerrero+ShamsA Viennese Valentine

Lambroula Pappas, soprano

February 7, 2020 Sidney 2:00 pm
February 9, 2020 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Concert Programme

The Strauss family and Vienna provide the perfect backdrop for this year’s Valentine celebration. Enjoy the music of Johann Jr., Edward and Josef plus the operettas of Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman.


2018-2019 Season Archives

Barbara BlairThat’s Entertainment

April 4, 2019 Sidney 2:00 pm
April 5, 2019 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

The Orchestra joins forces with the students of Oak Bay High School Performing Arts Department to celebrate music, dance and musical theatre through the generations. We welcome the students of today to share the music of yesterday!




Guerrero+ShamsThe Great Caruso

Sunny Shams, tenor

October 18, 2018 Sidney 2:00 pm
October 19, 2018 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Concert Programme

Tenor Sunny Shams is featured in this tribute to the great tenors of the age. It will include operetta, opera and those famous parlour and neopolitan songs made famous by John McCormick, Richard Tauber, Mario Lanza, Jussi Bjorling, Pavarotti and Andreas Bocelli…Bravo !


Charles JobOur Valentine to You

Shadan Saul, soprano
Sunny Shams, tenor

February 7, 2019 Sidney 2:00 pm
February 8, 2019 Oak Bay 2:00 pm

Yes, our favourite young couple Shadan Saul and Sunny Shams are back to lead our celebration of love. Duets from Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, and Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince are on the menu. The Orchestra completes the programme with some Strauss and Franz Lehar.



2016-2017 Season Archives

Charles Job

The Orchestra Solos

Charles Job conductor

April 20, 2017 – 2:00 pm Sidney
April 21, 2017 – 2:30 pm Oak Bay

Soloists from the Orchestra will be showcased playing Edward Elgars’ Romance for Bassoon, Victor Herbert’s Serenade for Cello, Michael Conway Baker’s Vancouver Variations, Gabriel Faure’s Sicilienne, George Gershwin’s Embraceable You and Borodin’s Nocturne, for violin and orchestra by Rimsky-Korsakov.


Barbara BlairThe American Song Book

Barbara Blair vocalist
Karel Roessingh piano
Joey Smith guitar

October 14, 2016 – 2:00 pm Sidney
October 19, 2016 – 2:30 pm Oak Bay
October 23, 2016 – 2:30 pm Duncan

This concert is a tribute to the great ladies of song Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughan starring vocalist Barbara Blair, jazz pianist Karel Roessingh and guitarist Joey Smith. The arrangers include Robert Farnon, Nelson Riddle and Paul Weston and scores from the BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra, the BBC Northern Dance Band and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra



Guerrero+ShamsA Palm Court Valentine

Shadan Saul Guerrero soprano
Sunny Shams tenor

February 10, 2017 – 2:00 pm Sidney
February 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm Oak Bay

This concert presents Sidney tenor Sunny Shams and Vancouver soprano Shadan Saul Guerrero in a concert of operetta, opera and drawing room ballads. The orchestra presents a typical palm court concert with a selection of waltzes, intermezzos and marches plus music by Jerome Kern and Cole Porter.


2015-2016 Season Archives

David MichauxThe Trumpet Shall Sound

David Michaux trumpet

April 15, 2016 – 2:00 pm Sidney
April 16, 2016 – 7:30 pm Victoria
April 17, 2016 – 2:30 pm Duncan

The title may be an aria from Handel’s Messiah but this concert celebrates the traditions of the British brass band. The programme includes Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday, Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary, and virtuoso pieces like Napoli and Carnival of Venice.

Romantic EncounterRomantic Encounter

Shadan Saul Guerrero soprano
Sunny Shams tenor

Oct 16, 2015 – 2:00 pm Sidney
Oct 17, 2015 – 7:30 pm Victoria
Octl 18, 2015 – 2:30 pm Duncan

Enjoy love duets from Puccini’s Tosca and Madam Butterfly, solos from Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. This is a delightful programme with more than a hint of Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins.

Rebecca Hass

A Downton Abbey Valentine

Rebecca Hass mezzo soprano

February 12, 2016 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 14, 2016 – 2:30 pm Duncan
February 17, 2016 – 2:00 pm Sidney

With "Downton Abbey" in its final season we are inspired to celebrate the music of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. In reality it was the hey-day of the musical genre known as “palm court”. It was also the period of that other TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and the film "Gosforth Park." The programme will include drawing room ballads, songs from light opera and operetta and a sing-a-long from the British Music Hall.


2014-2015 Season Archives

Around the WorldAround the World in 80 Days

Frederick Hodges pianoforte

April 10, 2015 – 2:30 pm Sidney
April 11, 2015 – 7:30 pm Victoria
April 12, 2015 – 2:30 pm Duncan

Victor Young’s famous song sends us on a musical journey that includes The Warsaw Concerto, music by Eric Coates, Leroy Anderson and Robert Farnon. Enjoy another unique programme from your favourite light orchestra.

Lambroula Pappas

Valentine Diva

Lambroula Pappas soprano

February 13, 2015 – 2:30 pm Sidney
February 14, 2015 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 15, 2015 – 2:30 pm Duncan

This year’s Valentine concert presents one of Vancouver’s finest sopranos in a program to warm the heart. It features beautiful opera arias from Tosca, Madame Butterfly and La Boheme as well as Ave Maria and Sigmund Romberg’s Desert Song.

Song in my Heart Kristin Hoff

With a Song in my Heart

Kristin Hoff mezzo soprano

October 17, 2014 – 2:30 pm Sidney
October 18, 2014 – 7:30 pm Victoria
October 19, 2014 –
2:30 pm Duncan

A smorgasbord of light music, our concert features everything from George Frederick Handel to Richard Rodgers and includes Arthur Sullivan’s The Gondoliers and selections from the Broadway hit Damn Yankees.


2013-2014 Season Archives

Sunny Shams

Valentine 2014

Shadan Saul Guerrero soprano
Sunny Shams

February 14, 2014 – 2:30 pm Sidney
February 15, 2014 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 16, 2014 – 2:30 pm Duncan

Our Valentine to you features two young singers in love duets from Puccini’s La Boheme, as well as operettas by Franz Lehar, Sigmund Romberg, Victor Herbert, Ivor Novello and Johann Strauss.

Peter Soave

Flying Down to Rio

Peter Soave accordion

October 19, 2013 – 7:30 pm Victoria
October 20, 2013 – 2:30 pm Duncan
October 22, 2013 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Enjoy the tango, bossa nova, paso doble, samba and The Girl from Ipanema. Join the Orchestra in a journey to Latin America including the music of Astor Piazzolla, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Leonard Bernstein.

A Boston Pops Tribute


December 7, 2013 – 7:30 pm Victoria
December 8, 2013 – 2:30 pm Duncan
December 10, 2013 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Our celebration of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops includes the music of Leroy Anderson, Henry Mancini, John Williams and Canadian Robert Farnon. Hits of the 1950’s include Sleigh Ride, Peanut Polka and Moon River.


2012-2013 Season Archives

Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey

Sunny Shams tenor

November 17, 2012 – 7:30 pm Victoria
November 18, 2012 – 2:30 pm Duncan
November 20, 2012 – 2:30 pm Sidney

BBC tv’s award-winning series celebrating music from The Titanic, Upstairs Downstairs, Victorian and Edwardian ballads and the British Music Hall.

George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

Frederick Hodges pianoforte

February 16, 2013 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 17, 2013 – 2:30 pm Duncan
February 19, 2013 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Our tribute to George Gershwin and the American Song Book includes selections from Porgy & Bess, Embraceable You, A Foggy Day, Fascinating Rhythm.

Sarah Fryer

Over the Rainbow

Kathryn Whitney mezzo soprano

April 13, 2013 – 7:30 pm Victoria
April 14, 2013 – 2:30 pm Duncan
April 16, 2013 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Celebrate Hollywood’s MGM Musicals including Easter Parade, Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and Annie Get Your Gun. Memories of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.


2011–2012 Season Archives

Silver Jubilee Season

Mario LanzaBe My Love

The Mario Lanza Project
Kenneth Lavigne tenor

February 11, 2012 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 12, 2012 – 2:30 pm Duncan*
February 14, 2012 – 2:30 pm Sidney

A Valentine Day celebration of romance
featuring songs made famous by America’s
greatest tenor. 

*Please note this Duncan concert is at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre.

Ken LavigneSome Enchanted Evening

Andrew Greenwood baritone

November 5, 2011 – 7:30 pm Victoria
November 6, 2011 – 2:30 pm Duncan
November 8, 2011 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Salute American musical theatre with Broadway’s greatest shows including Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate,The King & I, Showboat and Gypsy

Sarah Fryer

Roses of Picardy

Sarah Fryer mezzo soprano

October 1, 2011 – 7:30 pm Victoria
October 2, 2011 – 2:30 pm Duncan
October 4, 2011 – 2:30 pm Sidney 

Sipping afternoon tea at the Empress amidst potted palms as Victoria’s high society celebrates its Edwardian heritage.


2010–2011 Season Archives

Frederick Hodges

British Musical Theatre

Michelle Todd soprano

February 19, 2011 – 7:30 pm Victoria
February 20, 2011 – 2:30 pm Duncan
February 22, 2011 - 2:30 pm Sidney

London’s West End, has always been a centre of entertainment. This concert featuring Calgary soprano Michelle Todd presents music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Ivor Novello, Noel Coward and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Ken Lavigne

The Romantic Violin

Ann Fontanella violin

November 6, 2010 – 7:30 pm Victoria
November 7, 2010 – 2:30 pm Duncan
November 9, 2010 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Philadelphia violinist Ann Fontanella stars in a tribute to the great violinists. Music by Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz are featured along with film music from Schindler’s List and Ladies in Lavender.  

OlyverThe Roaring Twenties

Federick Hodges piano

September 25, 2010 – 7:30 pm Victoria
September 26, 2010 – 2:30 pm Duncan
September 28, 2010 – 2:30 pm Sidney

Back by popular demand San Francisco ragtime pianist Frederick Hodges headlines this concert of dance music from the 1920s featuring the Charleston, the Black Bottom and those naughty flappers.  


2009 – 2010 Concert Season Archives


On a Spring Note

Karina Choe soprano

April 10–7:30 pm Duncan
April 11–2:30 pm Victoria
April 13– 2:30 pm Sidney

Our April concert will showcase the stunning operatic voice of Korean soprano Karina Choe. It features selections from West Side Story, Parisian comic opera, and even La Boheme. We shall of course include many Palm Court favourites to complete your enjoyment. The flowers that bloom in the Spring…

Ken Lavigne

Blue Danube

Lambroula Pappas soprano
Janos Sandor guest conductor

February 20–7:30 pm Victoria
February 21– 2:30 pm Duncan
February 23– 2:30 pm Sidney

Journey down the Danube between the great cities of Vienna and Budapest and experience the delightful waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family, the operettas of Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman, and selections from The White Horse Inn. Celebrate Life and Love!

Frederick Hodges

Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Frederick Hodges pianoforte

November 7–7:30 pm Victoria
November 8–2:30 pm Duncan
November 10-2:30 pm Sidney

All the way from Berkeley, California ragtime pianist Frederick Hodges presents the music of the Roaring Twenties and the age of the silent movie. Music by Hubie Blake, Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin will have you snapping your fingers, tapping our toes and dancing the Charleston or the saucey Black Bottom. Absolutely daring and outrageous!


2008–2009 Concert Season Archives


An English Country Garden

Nancy Washeim, soprano
Charles Job, conductor

May 17–2:30 pm Duncan
May 24–2:30 pm Victoria
May 26–2:30 pm Sidney*

*Date on the 2008-09 Concert Season print brochure is incorrect.

Named after Percy Grainger’s famous tune, this concert puts a spring in our steps with wonderful music in the true Palm Court style. Waltzes, marches, romantic intermezzi and show selections all make for a wonderful afternoon. This year we feature music from Carousel and Brigadoon.

Ken Lavigne

O Danny Boy

Kenneth Lavigne, tenor
Charles Job, conductor

October 11–7:30 pm Victoria
October 15– 2:30 pm Sidney
October 19– 2:30 pm Duncan

Join the Orchestra in the Emerald Isles to celebrate the songs of the great Irish tenor John McCormick including Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, and Macushla. At this concert, the Orchestra and Ken Lavigne will release their new CD, Love’s Old Sweet Song.


Gypsy Carnival

Marianne Olyver, violin/conductor

March 7– 7:30 pm Victoria
March 8 –2:00 pm Duncan
March 10– 2:30 pm Sidney

British violinist Marianne Olyver leads the Orchestra in an exuberant, fun-filled concert of gypsy music including Brahm’s Hungarian Dances, Monti’s Csárdás, the Tango Jealousy and selections from Fiddler on the Roof. Get out your dancing shoes!


2007–2008 Concert Season Archives

Timmy Chooi

An English Country Garden

Timmy Chooi, violin
Charles Job, conductor

2:30 pm May 18 Mill Bay
2:30 pm May 20 Sidney NEW!
2:30 pm May 25 Victoria

A wonderful gift for Mother’s Day! Beautiful music and fragrant flowers provide the setting for this first annual English Country Garden celebration of Spring. Conductor Charles Job and the Orchestra feature Victoria violin prodigy, Timothy Chooi, in a program of music by violin virtuosos-turned-composers Pablo Sarasate, Henri Wieniawski and Vienna’s Fritz Kreisler. Memorable music performed in the authentic Palm Court style. Join us in the lobby for our 21st Anniversary retrospective display.

Kathryn Whitney

Embraceable You

Barbara Blair , vocalist
Charles Job, conductor
7:30 pm October 6 Victoria
2:30 pm October 14 Mill Bay

2:30pm October 23 Sidney

Join Victoria diva Barbara Blair and the Orchestra featuring pianist Karel Roessingh in a tribute to the great voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughan accompanied by the Hollywood arrangements of Paul Weston and Nelson Riddle. Enjoy the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers.“Barbara’s voice is like warm cocoa on a winter’s night.” Leonard Camplin, Okanagan Symphony

CorwinOperettas of the Silver Screen

Charlotte Corwin , soprano
Dr Donald Hunsberger, guest conductor
Charles Job, conductor

7:30 pm February 9 Victoria
2:30 pm February 10 Mill Bay
2:30pm February 12 Sidney

From New York’s renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger guest conducts Montreal soprano Charlotte Corwin and the Orchestra in the great operettas of the silver screen. Enjoy the music of Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg in selections from The Desert Song, Rose Marie, Naughty Marietta and The Student Prince. The program evokes memories of screen idols Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald and Mario Lanza. Romance your sweetheart this Valentine’s.




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