Symphony starts 20th season with local violinist

The concert will be hosted at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Saturday, October 25

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Vancouver Island Symphony (VIS) and they plan to celebrate in style.

“It is the most meaningful season we have ever had,” said VIS artistic director Pierre Simard in a news release sent by the Symphony.

For their first concert of the year, the VIS will present “Celebrate with Tetsuumi and Elgar” on Saturday Oct. 25. The night features Nanaimo-born violinist Tetsuumi Nagata.

Nagata, who currently lives in London, made his Symphony debut in 1999 at 10 years old and last played with the group seven years ago.

“To come back home, to play where I grew up is like a dream come true,” he said.

The evening’s music selection features selections by Simard, Tchaikovsky and Elgar.

The concert will be held at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 – $59 for general admission, $20 for university students, and $5 for high school students.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, call the Port Theatre’s Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550.

— NEWS Staff/VIS news release