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CONCERT 1: NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: ON A WIRE
January 29, 7:30pm, Orpheum
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Jocelyn Morlock host
Bramwell Tovey and the VSO join forces with Standing Wave in an eclectic and wide-ranging new music performance, including a piece written by VSO Composer in Residence Jocelyn Morlock.
CONCERT 2: LUNAR NEW YEAR
February 1, 7:30pm, Orpheum
Avan Yu piano & host
Karen Wong Sheng
Nestor Wu percussion
Lucy Wang violin
Zhongxi Wu suona
Vancouver Zion Mission Choir
Vancouver-born and internationally-renowned pianist Avan Yu returns home to host and perform in the VSO's very special celebration of the Lunar New Year. This concert also features VSO School of Music Concerto Competition winner Lucy Wang, VSO School of Music Faculty members Karen Wong and Zhongxi Wu, and percussionist Nestor Wu.
Note: performance is presented by the VSO, and does not feature the orchestra.
CONCERT 3: THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
February 4, 8pm, Orpheum
February 5, 2pm, Orpheum
Constantin Trinks conductor
Juho Pohjonen piano*
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Classical
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major*
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World
Juho Pohjonen makes his VSO debut performing Prokofiev's flat-out exciting Piano Concerto No. 1. And Dvořák's New World Symphony is one of the best known and most beloved symphonies ever written.
CONCERT 4: SOUNDS OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL
February 10 & 11, 8pm, Orpheum
Michael Krajewski conductor
AJ Swearingen vocalist
Jonathan Beedle vocalist
Michael Krajewski is one of the most accomplished Pops conductors in the world today, holding posts as Music Director of the Philly Pops, and Principal Pops Conductor in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Houston. He leads a program that features A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, who have performed their remarkable tribute to legendary folk-rock artists Simon and Garfunkel to sold-out houses for over a decade.
CONCERT 5: PELLEAS UND MELISANDE
February 18 & 20, 8pm, Orpheum
Lahav Shani conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano*
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor*
SCHOENBERG Pelleas und Melisande
One of the most respected pianists of his generation, Kirill Gerstein performs Brahms's sprawling Piano Concerto No. 1. Schoenberg's complex and darkly dramatic symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande is hailed as both helping to pave the way for a new kind of composition and one of the last great works of Romanticism.
CONCERT 6: GARRICK OHLSSON PLAYS BRAHMS
February 24 & 25, 8pm, Chan Centre UBC
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Garrick Ohlsson piano*
BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F-sharp minor
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major*
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major
Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the music of one of the greatest of composers, Johannes Brahms. You will hear his powerful Second Piano Concerto performed by one of the world's most commanding pianists, Garrick Ohlsson, a famous Hungarian Dance, and the extraordinary Second Symphony.
CONCERT 7: MOZART AND SHOSTAKOVICH, WITH JEREMY DENK
March 4 & 6, 8pm, Orpheum
David Danzmayr conductor
Jeremy Denk piano*
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major*
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 12 in D minor, The Year 1917
Conductor David Danzmayr presides over a program featuring renowned pianist Jeremy Denk performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19, and Shostakovich's grand story-telling work, Symphony No. 12 ‘The Year 1917', a commemoration of the Russian Revolution and a tribute to Vladimir Lenin.
CONCERT 8: VSO POPS: THE MAMBO KINGS, IN HOT LATIN NIGHTS!
March 17, 8pm, Orpheum
Jeff Tyzik conductor
Great Pops conductor and arranger Jeff Tyzik teams up with the Mambo Kings for a sizzling night of Latin-inspired hits. Seamlessly blending symphonic music with Latin jazz and Salsa, the Mambo Kings light up the stage with music by Astor Piazzolla, Ginastera, Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Santana's Oye Como Va, Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo, and their own hot Salsa stylings.
CONCERT 9: JON KIMURA PARKER PLAYS BEETHOVEN
March 24 & 25, 8pm, Chan Centre UBC
Joshua Weilerstein conductor
Jon Kimura Parker piano*
NIELSEN Pan and Syrinx
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major*
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Rhenish
Internationally-renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker returns home to perform Beethoven's gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 1. Gifted young conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads a program that also includes Schumann's beautiful, awe-inspiring Rhine Symphony, and Nielsen's enchanting symphonic poem Pan and Syrinx.
CONCERT 10: THE MUSIC OF MOZART AND BRUCKNER
April 1 & 3, 8pm, Orpheum
April 2, 2pm, Orpheum
James Gaffigan conductor
Henning Kraggerud violin*
MOZART Adagio & Fugue in C minor
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major*
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E Major
Mozart's sublime Violin Concerto No. 4 is performed by Henning Kraggerud, whose lyrical and seductive playing is praised by audiences and critics worldwide. On the other end of the scale, Bruckner's majestic Symphony No. 7, powered by Wagner tubas and mighty, soaring themes, was that composer's greatest triumph at the time he wrote this magnificent symphony.
CONCERT 11: FRENCH ROMANTICS
May 6 & 8, 8pm, Orpheum
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Ariel Barnes cello*
DEBUSSY ORCH. STOKOWSKI Clair de lune
JOCELYN MORLOCK Cello Concerto* (World Première)
FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Maestro Tovey and the VSO's outstanding Principal Cello Ariel Barnes proudly perform the world première of Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock's Cello Concerto, in a concert that also features beautiful French classics loved for their masterful orchestrations.
CONCERT 12: ELVIRA MADIGAN: JONATHAN BISS PLAYS MOZART
May 19 & 20, 8pm, Chan Centre UBC
Alexandre Bloch conductor
Jonathan Biss piano*
SCHUMANN Manfred: Overture
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major*
HAYDN Symphony No. 92 in G Major, Oxford
Alexandre Bloch makes his eagerly anticipated return to the VSO, conducting a program that includes fascinating pianist Jonathan Biss performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, with its famous and beloved “Elvira Madigan” second movement, and Symphony No. 92 by the “Father of the Symphony,” Franz Joseph Haydn.
CONCERT 13: VSO POPS: SOPHISTICATED LADIES
May 26, 8pm, Orpheum
Steven Reineke conductor
Montego Glover vocalist
Capathia Jenkins vocalist
Sy Smith vocalist
It's a night of Sophisticated Ladies, as Sy Smith, Montego Glover and Capathia Jenkins (known in Vancouver for her amazing work in the VSO's James Bond concerts) take the stage to celebrate groundbreaking icons of popular song such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and more. You'll hear the music they made famous, songs written by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Richard Rodgers and Kurt Weill.
CONCERT 14: EROICA! THE MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN
June 3, 8pm, Orpheum
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Gwen Hoebig violin,
Desmond Hoebig cello,
David Moroz piano
BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto, C Major*
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Eroica
Bramwell Tovey serves up an all-Beethoven feast, starring Canada's own Hoebig-Moroz Trio playing Beethoven's rarely-performed Triple Concerto. And in a heroic ending to the concert, the orchestra performs Beethoven's mighty Symphony No. 3.
CONCERT 15: THE TITAN: VSO SEASON FINALE
June 10 & 12, 8pm, Orpheum
June 11, 2pm, Orpheum
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Baiba Skride violin*
Marion Newman mezzo-soprano°
BRAMWELL TOVEY New work in celebration of Canada 150 (World Première)°
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D Major*
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan
Bramwell Tovey commands the stage in a titanic concert that features extraordinary violinist Baiba Skride, mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, a new composition by Maestro Tovey, and an epic symphonic masterpiece by Gustav Mahler.