Lavigne ready to romance audience

Ken Lavigne performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony Sunday (Feb. 10) 2 p.m. at the Port Theatre. - Photo Contributed
Ken Lavigne performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony Sunday (Feb. 10) 2 p.m. at the Port Theatre.
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Ken Lavigne is ready to charm audience members during a romantic evening of music at the Port Theatre.

The tenor, from Chemainus, is performing with the Vancouver Island Symphony, conducted by Pierre Simard, during a concert just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The concert is Sunday (Feb. 10) at 2 p.m. and features romantic songs from around the world and love songs from throughout the ages.

“There will be romance from around the world ... and of course there will be surprises,” said Lavigne in a press release.

“We are crafting the show to use the VI Symphony to its greatest ability and to highlight the songs and time of year. Pierre is an absolute dream of a conductor. We have such a wonderful time together on stage.”

Lavigne is known for not only his great voice but also for sharing humourous stories during his concerts with the audience.

“The first two or three songs of any concert are about building a trust with the audience so they can go on a journey with you for the next two hours and know they are in good hands,” he said.

The tenor has been busy the past year having performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, Fullujah for City Opera Vancouver and Rattenbury with the Other Guys Theatre Company in Victoria.

“When getting back on stage in my own show it’s a much more relaxing environment,” said Lavigne. “It’s second nature to me to sing a few songs and spin a few stories.”

Tickets range from $18-$84 depending on seating locations and are available by calling 250-754-8550, at the box office, located at 125 Front St., or online at www.porttheatre.com.

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