Concert Details

Time Tracks: The VSO’s Season Opener

  • Australian String Quartet

  • Bramwell Tovey

  • Conductor / Performers

    Bramwell Tovey Conductor

    Australian String Quartet *

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  • Repertoire

    Bramwell Tovey

    Time Tracks (North American Première)

    John Adams

    Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra*


    Symphony No. 5 in E minor

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    this concert


Maestro Bramwell Tovey’s final season begins with a performance of the Maestro’s own Time Tracks, a collection of orchestral themes from his opera, The Inventor.

Next up is a VSO reunion, as former Concertmaster Dale Barltrop returns to the Orpheum stage with the Australian String Quartet, performing Absolute Jest by American composer John Adams, a work inspired by Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and incorporating and interpreting the music of Beethoven.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is a sweeping epic, defined by his never-ending struggle with fate, and the answer to whether we have free will, or if our fates are determined. This work’s drama and lofty musical ideas, and the composer’s sheer, breathtaking skill, make for a rich and satisfying musical experience in the concert hall.


Maestro Bramwell Tovey is the VSO’s longest-serving Music Director, entering his 18th and final season with the VSO in the 2017/2018 Season. Maestro Tovey’s accomplishments with the VSO, including touring, GRAMMY and Juno Awards, the VSO School of Music, the Orchestral Institute at Whistler, the many Music Education programs, and the artistic successes and growth of the orchestra will be celebrated throughout his final year as VSO Music Director.

The Australian String Quartet, based in Adelaide, features former VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop, who held that position for seven seasons. Mr. Barltrop holds the position of First Violin with the ASQ, one of the world’s foremost string quartets, who perform extensively throughout Australia, and tour internationally. www.asq.com.au 

Timing, Box Office and Concert Information: This concert will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, including a 20-minute intermission. The Orpheum Box Office opens 2 hours prior to performance start time. Doors open 75 minutes ahead of performance time. Pre-Concert Talk begins at 7:05pm in the auditorium. If you have chose to pick up tickets at Will Call, please arrive at least 30 minutes before performance start time to pick up your tickets.

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Performance Dates

  • Friday, Sep 22, 2017

    8pm Orpheum Theatre

  • Saturday, Sep 23, 2017

    8pm Orpheum Theatre


Masterworks Gold