Arts & Culture

Victoria Symphony closes season with record-breaking ticket sales

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The Victoria Symphony has ended its 2023-2024 season on a high note, celebrating one of its most successful in a decade with record-breaking ticket sales.

In 34 concerts spanning nine months, the Canadian orchestra saw 36,000 patrons attend in-person performances which marked a 16% increase on the previous year.

A partnership with Chek TV also meant that free broadcasts of three concerts reached 228,000 homes.

“It has been heartening to see the community’s response to our 2023/24 Season,” said Victoria Symphony chief executive Matthew White.

“A growing audience, generous donors, government funders, and corporate sponsors all continue to recognise the value that this orchestra brings to Victoria’s cultural life.

“Under the musical leadership of Christian Kluxen, the level of the orchestra continues to improve every year and the variety of programming we offer is getting more diverse as well.

“This orchestra is now considered to be one of the best in the country and our programming on par with what is on offer in much larger cities.

“Despite all of the recent success, however, we are dealing with a key issue shared by other orchestras across the country, production expenses are rising faster than revenues.

“We will continue to advocate for the important role that the symphony plays in civic life and feel optimistic that the necessary community support will continue to be there.”

Victoria Symphony also furthered its goal of inspiring and educating young people through musical experiences.

This season, 6,000 students attended the Education and Outreach Concerts in Victoria and Duncan, 17 Victoria Symphony musicians led outreach programmes in 41 schools, 100 students participated in open rehearsals, and a programme for young composers supported the creation of six new works.