Fonds AR234 - Victoria Symphony Society fonds

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Victoria Symphony Society fonds

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  • 1941-1984, predominant 1953-1974 (Creation)
    Victoria Symphony Society

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2.9 m of textual records

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The Victoria Symphony was founded in 1941 as a community orchestra comprised of 32 members taken from the Royal Canadian Navy. The ensemble had its first performance 18 May 1942 at the Empress Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom under the direction of Melvin Knudsen. In 1943 the group moved to the Royal Theatre and performed three or four concerts per season. On 12 May 1948 the Victoria Symphony Society was incorporated.

By the mid-1970s the orchestra was fully professional. Directors have included Melvin Knudsen (1941-1948), Hans Gruber (1948-1964), Otto Werner Mueller (1964-1967), Laszlo Gati (1967-1978), Paul Freeman (1979-1988), Peter McCoppin (1989-1999), Kees Bakels (1999-2001), Timothy Vernon (2001-2003), Tania Miller (2003-2017), and Christian Kluxen (2017-).

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Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, fund raising records, financial records, conductors files, guest artists files, legal agreements, arrangements for tours, scrapbooks of clippings, and programmes.

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Accession 1984-058; 1995-021

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  • English

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