That Higher Level

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That Higher Level


That Higher Level : 6:15 PM | The Vic | Sat | February 9

inspiring + absorbing + hopeful


World Premiere

Director: John Bolton

Country: Canada (BC)

Year: 2019

Runtime: 75 min



Unrated – Membership Required

Every person attending requires their own membership and be 19+

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The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is comprised of 100 musicians who come together over the course of two months each summer. Their collective efforts culminate with a 12-city national tour. These prodigious teenagers are brimming with enthusiasm as many leave their homes for the first time to follow their passion and meet like-minded musicians from every part of Canada. The NYO can be a critical step towards a performance career. Receiving invaluable mentorship from some of Canada’s best instrumentalists, they are keen to seize the moment as their individual strings, brass, winds and percussion collate to form a symphonic voice. The focus of their efforts is on Richard Strauss’ tone poem Death and Transfiguration, a 128-year-old composition Strauss created whenhe was only a few years older than these musicians. Now, they are giving their heart and soul to interpret the story of an artist reflecting on life from his deathbed. As the repertoire grows through rehearsal, these young adults’ anxiety, excitement, and anticipation surrounding their futures are mirrors to the music they create. Director John Bolton composes rich portraits of these remarkable individuals, like flutist Phoebe Robertson who found refuge from her obsessive compulsive disorder through a sense of community in an orchestra. This new and diverse generation of classical musicians reflects the wealth of talent in this country and the sacrifices they’re willing to make to pursue a dream. Witnessing their transformation into the artists they aspire to be is as inspiring and profound as the classics they perform.



Victoria Symphony Orchestra

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