Founded in 1976, the Victoria Bach Festival is one of the jewels among Victoria’s attractions. Declared as one of the “Top Ten Hot Summer Events” by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the week-long festival held each June features symphonic, chamber and choral works from every period, with an emphasis on the baroque. Artists from Texas and all over the United States perform works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and many others. The festival performances have been featured on National Public Radio and performed in San Antonio and Austin.
Established in 1984 with the mission to involve and enrich Victoria and the surrounding communities with innovative and educational performances of dance, this non-profit organization offers Victorians and their neighbors a chance to experience the fine art of dance close to home. Beautiful costumes and sets serve as a backdrop for thrilling performances of beloved classic and contemporary works. Professional guest choreographers routinely collaborate with the company to bring new works to patrons and renowned guest performers from around the world share the spotlight with local talent each season which includes the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and the mixed repertory program Spring Gala. Victoria Ballet Theatre also hosts diverse presenting companies such as the dynamic New York city dance troupe, Ailey II and cutting-edge musical group, Break of Reality.
Any music lover in Victoria will tell you not to miss a single season with Victoria Symphony. The Victoria Symphony Orchestra is a leading artistic force in this area and patrons and the media alike praise its performances. It has also been featured in two hour-long programs on National Public Radio. The Orchestra consists of approximately 65 talented musicians from Victoria, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and other communities. Dedicated to excellence, the Victoria Symphony has attracted such acclaimed artists as Santiago Rodriguez, Nathaniel Rosen, Nancy Allen, David Hickman, Peter Zazovsky, and the late Leonard Rose. A typical season consists of five performances with varied repertoire, usually including a pop concert.
This performing arts organization serves approximately 15,000 theatre enthusiasts per year. Theatre Victoria is gaining a distinguished statewide and national reputation for presenting quality theatrical productions. The Theatre plays host to six locally produced plays written by world famous playwrights and local Victoria talent in addition to offering children’s productions and a youth academy to train young talent.