Concert Details

VSO BC Tour 2017

  • Conductor / Performers

    Bramwell Tovey Conductor

    Marion Newman mezzo-soprano*

    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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  • Repertoire

    Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell: Overture

    Bramwell Tovey
    Ancestral Voices*
         I In Arcady
         II The Last Bison
         III The Letter
         IV Bring Light to the Truth

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, E minor

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The VSO BC TOUR 2017 Community Outreach Events:

Meet the Maestro and the Mezzo!
Join us for an Indigenous Luncheon at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton
Saturday, September 30,  12noon-2 pm  
En'owkin Centre, 154 En'owkin Trail, Penticton

Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Marion Newman visit the En’owkin Centre in Penticton for an interactive and intimate indigenous luncheon. The event will begin with a prayer and a welcoming song. A classic Syilx lunch will be served: salmon, deer, a mix of summer greens, wild rice and bannock. Elders, staff and guests will be introduced, and we all break bread. Then, Marion and Bramwell will play, sing, and visit with guests.

Click to view the EN’OWKIN LUNCHEON poster


Westbank First Nation welcomes the VSO for 
An Evening with Marion Newman & Bramwell Tovey
Monday October 2, 5-630pm
Multipurpose Room at Westbank First Nation, 1880 Quail Lane, Westbank

Mezzo Soprano Marion Newman has been featured five times as a soloist on CBC’s National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Alongside  her classical repertoire, her upcoming appearances include world premieres of several works, operas and concerts that speak to her own identity as a member of   Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations. She is much sought after as an advisor for arts organizations wishing to take an active and continuing role in reconciliation. Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Marion Newman will gather with the community from Westbank First Nation and local students from school music programs for a dinner and evening of music where they will play, sing and visit with guests. 

Click here to view the WESTBANK DINNER poster

The VSO’s BC Tour

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour to the Southern BC interior, Okanagan, and Fraser Valley, with 5 performances from September 28 through October 3, 2017. This will be the return of the Grammy and Juno award-winning ensemble to the region for the first time in over twenty-five years.  All tour concerts will be conducted by VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey, and feature BC born and internationally acclaimed First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman as soloist. The tour of the BC is in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, and comes in the concluding year of Maestro Tovey’s 18 year-tenure as Music Director. The repertoire will include Rossini's William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, as well as a composition written by Maestro Tovey in conjunction with Ms. Newman,  who is of Kwagiulth and Stó:lō heritage. Bramwell Tovey's Ancestral Voices is a setting of four diverse texts which shed light on the impact of Canada’s founding on First Nations.

An important part of the VSO’s BC Tour is to develop viable and authentic relationships that build a commitment and appreciation of music in our province. In addition to presenting concerts, the VSO will work with schools and First Nations leaders to deliver insightful educational and community programs. On September 29th, Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman and conductor Bramwell Tovey will travel to Mt. Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna, to Kyla Winacott's Aboriginal Culture & Leadership Class, to visit, play, and sing with students. They will also share an interactive and intimate Indigenous luncheon at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton on September 30th. Following a prayer and a welcoming song, a classic Syilx lunch will be served: salmon, deer, a mix of summer greens, wild rice and bannock. Elders, staff and guests will be introduced, and there will be a discussion/performance on the collaborative creative process with Maestro Tovey and Marion Newman. This will be in partnership with the Shatford Centre and the Penticton Arts Council. 

The VSO musicians will also do masterclasses and sectional rehearsals with other aspiring professional musicians (i.e. Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra), and promote professional musicianship in local high schools within each of the cities.

In an effort to support these communities that have all been affected by unprecedented and devastating wildfires, the VSO has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to help raise money for their BC Fires Appeal fund.

The BC Tour rehearsal on Thursday, September 21st, from 10am to 12:30pm at the Orpheum will be opened to the public to attend by donation, and 100% of the funds raised at this open rehearsal will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal fund.

Seating for this open rehearsal will be first come, first served, in the balcony only. Doors open at 9:15am.

The minimum suggested donation is $25, and donations can be made on site at the rehearsal by cash or credit card.

The Red Cross has activated its disaster response teams to support the province of British Columbia and local authorities in providing assistance to those affected. The Red Cross is registering impacted people and providing cots, blankets and shelter supplies to reception centres so evacuees have a safe place to sleep. We know that the days ahead will be full of stress and uncertainty. The families who have been devastated by these fires need our hearts and our help. Together, we can ensure they receive the support they need to get through the very worst of this disaster. To find out more about the Red Cross BC Fires Appeal, please visit the Red Cross website here.

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Performance Dates

  • Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

    7:30pm Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

  • Friday, Sep 29, 2017

    7:30pm Kelowna Community Theatre

  • Saturday, Sep 30, 2017

    7:30pm Cleland Theatre, Penticton

  • Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

    7pm Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

  • Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

    7:30pm Chilliwack Cultural Centre