The annual Victoria Symphony Splash gets underway this afternoon.

It is one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, and attracts up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world.

Audience members will gather on the lawns across from the provincial legislature or from their kayaks and canoes to watch as the Victoria Symphony performs from a floating barge moored off shore.

1 . The Concert Program

  • O Canada
  • Candide Overture – Bernstein
  • Robin Hood and His Merry Men – Korngold
  • Aladdin Suite (Festival March, Spiritual Dance) – Nielsen
  • Suite for Viola and Orchestra (Prelude & Gallop) – Vaughan Williams
  • Gone with the Wind; Main Title – Steiner
  • Dance of the Clowns from the Snow Maiden – Rimsky-Korsakov


  • Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin – Wagner
  • Prince and the Pauper Suite (Duel) – Korngold
  • Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso – Morricone (arr.Krogstad)
  • ET (Flying Theme) – Williams
  • Star Wars (Main Title Theme) – Williams
  • Berliner Luft – Lincke
  • 1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky
  • Amazing Grace

There will be a couple of featured guests as well, including opening act Dock Side Drive and 17-year-old violist Danielle Tsao.

Tsao is the second musician in her family to be selected as the Splash’s Young Soloist. (Her sister Carolyn played the piano in 2007.) She’s performed with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, the Sidney Classical Orchestra, and the VCM Showcase Orchestra. Following Symphony Splash, she’ll be soloing with the Sooke Philharmonic this October.

And that’s not all: as in years past, the performance will be capped off with an incredible fireworks display set to the bombast of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

Symphony Splash!

2. Road Closures and Drop-off Zone

On Sunday,  August 5 the north lane of Belleville Street, between Government and Menzies Streets, will close at 5 a.m.

At noon, both lanes on Belleville Street between Menzies and Government Streets will close to accommodate event set-up.

By 2 p.m., the following roads will be closed: Government Street from Superior to Humboldt; Belleville Street from Menzies to Douglas; and Wharf Street from Government to Broughton.  (Note: Belleville Street will be closed at 1pm.)

Roads will open as soon as possible after the event on Sunday, August 5 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Monday, August 6.

Parking will be free at City parkades and on-street meters on Sunday, August 5 and Monday, August 6.

A passenger drop-off zone will be available on Government Street, located across the road from the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Sunday, August 5 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

There will be a special viewing area for people with disabilities and their families and friends on the northwest corner of the Empress lawns.

3. Summary of Events – Sunday, August 5

TD Family Zone: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Beverage Garden and Culinary Corner: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dock Side Drive
Maestro Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony: 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Finale including 1812 Overture and Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.

4. The Splash Family Zone will offer all ages entertainment 

Located on the Fairmont Empress Lawn, the Splash Family Zone features plenty of activities for the from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. including:

  • Face painting
  • Instrument petting zoo
  • An activity with the Royal BC Museum
  • Games and activities with Sport ball
  • Sportball bouncy castle
  • Victoria Symphony craft
  • Clowns and drumming workshops
  • World Cup Youth Soccer Shootout

5. Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event 

While the event receives support from sponsors and “heroes,” the suggested donation amount is $5 per person.

Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. Volunteers with donation buckets roam the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.

Volunteers with donation buckets will roam the crowds. You can also track down one of several donation barrel. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.

6. Fireworks

As in years past, the performances will be capped off with an incredible fireworks display set to the bombast of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” between 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The fireworks finale at tonight’s Victoria Symphony Splash!!

Victoria Symphony Splash

  • When: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Inner Harbour
  • Admission: By donation

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