Concert Details

Otto Tausk Conducts Brahms and Dvořák

  • Tanja Tetzlaff

  • Otto Tausk

  • Conductor / Performers

    Otto Tausk Conductor

    Tanja Tetzlaff cello*

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  • Repertoire


    Roman Carnival Overture


    Cello Concerto in B minor*


    Symphony No. 1 in C minor

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    this concert


Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that emerged triumphantly from under the shadow of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony. Brahms struggled mightily with the idea of writing a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s Ninth, feeling that music had been perfected in that great work. He finally worked up the courage after twenty years of delay; and his Symphony No. 1 was worth the wait, a stunning symphonic statement that in many ways picked up where Beethoven left off.

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is perhaps the best-loved of the “big five” cello concerti, a beautiful work that is not consumed by flashy solo parts, but seamlessly and brilliantly integrates the cello and orchestra into a dynamic, lyrical and rewarding dialogue.


Otto Tausk is the VSO’s Music Director Designate.In all collaborations he leads, Maestro Tausk energizes those he works with earning him enthusiastic and critical acclaim. He has been Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre St Gallen since 2012. He is also a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all the major orchestras and composers. Maestro Tausk will take up the baton as VSO Music Director in July of 2018. www.ottotausk.com

Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Chamber music also plays a significant part in Tanja’s career. In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, along with her brother Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.  http://en.tanjatetzlaff.com/

(The Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh has, with regrets, had to withdraw from her scheduled performances in Vancouver due to health reasons. The VSO looks forward to welcoming her at a future date.)

Timing, Box Office and Concert Information: This concert will be approximately 2 hours and 10 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

  • Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

    8pm Orpheum Theatre

  • Sunday, Jan 14, 2018

    2pm Orpheum Theatre

  • Monday, Jan 15, 2018

    8pm Orpheum Theatre


Masterworks Gold