The UVic School of Music is honoured to welcome Timothy Vernon as guest conductor on the special occasion of its 50th anniversary. (UVic photo)

UVic School of Music celebrates 50 years with gala concert

Founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria serves as guest conductor Dec. 2

The UVic School of Music welcomes Timothy Vernon as guest conductor on the special occasion of its 50th anniversary. He will lead the UVic Chorus & Orchestra in a special gala concert on Dec. 2 which will also feature soloists from the School of Music faculty.

“Bringing Timothy in is a way of recognizing our commitment to the community, as well his honorary degree,” says School of Music director, Christopher Butterfield. “We wanted to make him part of this experience by having him choose the music and work with our students.”

Founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria, Vernon has earned the admiration of audiences and fashioned POV into one of the city’s true cultural treasures.

Vernon will conduct the UVic Orchestra in Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture. School of Music faculty pianist Arthur Rowe and trumpeter Merrie Klazek will join the orchestra for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for Strings and Trumpet, and the UVic Chorus, Chamber Singers and Orchestra will perform together in G. F. Handel’s sacred choral composition Utrecht Te Deum.

During intermission, place your bid on local items – from gift baskets to attractions – in a silent auction. Funds raised will support the School of Music’s 50th anniversary season. All guests are invited to join the performers at a cake reception in the University Centre lobby following the concert.

Tickets are $10-$25 and available at the UVic Ticket Centre in person, by phone 250-721-8480, online at and at the door. Visit to learn more about the event.



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