The Victoria Symphony presented a stellar concert Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, one that was both bitter and sweet for fans of conductor Brian Jackson.
The special performance was a celebration for the maestro who has been the principal Pops conductor with the Victoria Symphony for 17 years.
Jackson has officially retired from the position which had brought him to Qualicum Beach at least once a year over the past years. To say Jackson has many fans in Oceanside is an understatement.
The multi-talented Jackson has performed popular classical music, show tunes and other favorites to mostly sold-out crowds in Qualicum Beach.
Judging by the response he received from Wednesday’s performance he once again proved why he and the symphony are able to fill the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
The evening started with a lively performance of Pirates of Penzance Overture and afterwards Jackson exclaimed in his witty manor that pirates still exist in Penzance (where he was born) only now they are a rugby team stealing a lot of goals. Not only did Jackson bring his orchestral talent, he also brought his charm and wit to the exciting performance that resulted in thunderous applause from the appreciative audience.
A master with the baton, Jackson also impressed with his singing.
In the house for the special occasion were The Honourable Stephen L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Her Honour Gwen Point.
Jackson hinted he may be back for a guest appearance … but that is up to the orchestra.
“They could ask me for a one-off if Qualicum insists,” he declared and added the audience has always been lovely here. “I hope that I will be back.”