Brian Jackson Retires as Principal Pops Conductor With BROADWAY SPECTACULAR

Brian Jackson Retires as Principal Pops Conductor With BROADWAY SPECTACULAR

Brian Jackson will conduct his final concerts as Principal Pops Conductor March 30, 31 and April 1, when The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) joins the Victoria Symphony for BROADWAY SPECTACULAR.

Following his initial appointment as Music Director of the Peterborough Symphony at just 25 years of age, MR. Jackson went on to conduct all of the major Canadian orchestras and many in the UK, Europe, the US and South America.  He has also conducted for the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Operetta Company, and Opera Lyra at NAC, and opera houses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Holland. He was a frequent and popular guest conductor with the Victoria Symphony prior to his appointment as Principal Pops Conductor with the orchestra in 1994.

During MR. Jackson's 17-year tenure as Principal Pops Conductor he introduced Symphony audiences to many talented local performers who shared his appreciation of popular music from musical theatre and operetta. MR. Jackson first invited CCPA to perform with the Symphony seven years ago. 'We are grateful to MR. Jackson and the Victoria Symphony for this opportunity", declared
Darold Roles, CCPA's Artistic and Education Director. "Performing with the Victoria Symphony is a rich educational experience and a highlight of the year for our students."

BROADWAY SPECTACULAR journeys along the Great White Way with the music of legendary composers such as Kander, Rodgers, Hamlisch and Loewe and more recent fare from Flaherty and Snow.  The singers and dancers of the Canadian College of Performing Arts join the orchestra in
medleys from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, Ahrens and Flaherty's Ragtime, and Pitchford and Snow's Footloose. The full program includes:

Broadway Tonight
Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
My Fair Lady
Selections from Ragtime
A Chorus Line
Selections from Footloose
Chicago
Selections from South Pacific

BROADWAY SPECTACULAR runs March 30 and 31, 2012 at 8pm with matinée April 1 at 2pm, at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street in Victoria. Visit www.victoriasymphony.ca.

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