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With the Symphony Sampler, you will experience the very best in orchestral music and guest artists, at significant savings. Not only that, but we give you the best seating available at the time of your order—in the beautiful, historic Orpheum Theatre or the extraordinary Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.
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THE MAGIC OF ALADDIN!
Sat, Jan 24, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Ben Gernon conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano*
NIELSEN Aladdin: Suite
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major*
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major
Kirill Gerstein performs Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a concert that also features the evocative Nordic landscapes of Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius and Nielsen’s incidental music for the fairy tale Aladdin.
THE ROMANTIC SYMPHONY
Sat, Jan 31 & Mon, Feb 2, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Sun, Feb 1, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Katherine Chi piano*
SIBELIUS Valse Triste
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major*
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, Romantic
Bramwell Tovey conducts a powerful, emotional concert, including Bruckner’s mighty Romantic Symphony, and one of Canada’s fastest-rising classical music stars, Katherine Chi, performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER
Fri & Sat, Feb 6 & 7, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Steven Reineke conductor
Betsy Wolfe vocalist
Mike Eldred vocalist
Love, music’s greatest inspiration! Steven Reineke and the VSO explore beautiful love themes from across many eras – including music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Barry White, Barry Manilow, and more.
BEETHOVEN & BARTÓK, WITH DALE BARLTROP
Sat & Mon, Feb 14 & 16, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Thomas Søndergård conductor
Dale Barltrop violin*
HAYDN Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major
BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 1*
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major
VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop is featured in Bartók’s First Violin Concerto, and Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the orchestra in two contrasting symphonies.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Sat, Feb 28, 7:30pm, Orpheum Theatre
Perry So conductor
Guilian Liu pipa
Li Bo lute
Claire Huangci piano
A very special concert celebrating the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Sheep. Join the VSO and conductor Perry So for an exciting concert featuring Zhen Lu’s Good News from Beijing, Xian’s famous Yellow River Concerto, and much more.
THE RHINE SYMPHONY
Sat, Mar 7, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Sun, Mar 8, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
James Feddeck conductor
Timothy Chooi violin*
WAGNER Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III
PROKOFIEV Lt. Kije Suite
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor*
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Rhenish
Winner of the prestigious Sir George Solti Conducting competition in 2013, James Feddeck leads a fascinating program that features Victoria-born violin prodigy Timothy Chooi performing Bruch’s wildly-popular Violin Concerto No. 1.
THE LEGENDARY BARBRA STREISAND
Fri & Sat, Mar 13 & 14, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
John Morris Russell conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway vocalist
Multi-platinum singer, composer and stage actor Ann Hampton Callaway joins conductor John Morris Russell and the VSO in a musical portrait of the most celebrated singer of our time, Barbra Streisand. Callaway sings timeless classics from five decades of Streisand’s multi-faceted career, in a tribute to a musical icon that you will never forget.
BEETHOVEN & HAYDN, WITH JEFFREY KAHANE
Fri & Sat, April 24 & 25, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
Jeffrey Kahane leader/piano*
BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major*
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony
HAYDN Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major
An exceptionally versatile artist, Jeffrey Kahane plays and conducts in a program that includes Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s beautiful Chamber Symphony.
Sat & Mon, May 2 & 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor
Ray Chen violin*
MARCUS GODDARD Wheel of the Cosmos
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor*
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major
Virtuoso Ray Chen is one of the purest violinists in the world today. He performs the haunting, lyrical Violin Concerto of Sibelius in this program that also includes Beethoven’s famous, extraordinary Seventh Symphony.
RAVEL AND FALLA, WITH ANGELA HEWITT
Sat & Mon, May 9 & 11, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Sun, May 10, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor
Angela Hewitt piano*
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
DE FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain*
RAVEL Concerto in D Major, Left Hand*
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mesmerizing Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs two passionate pianistic showcases – one an Andalusian-flavoured masterpiece, the other a mesmerizing French classic.
ELLA AND LOUIS!
Fri & Sat, May 15 & 16, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Jeff Tyzik conductor
Byron Stripling vocalist/trumpeter
Marva Hicks vocalist
Bob Breithaupt drummer
Byron Stripling and Marva Hicks light up the stage as they perform the works of two of the greatest legends of jazz — Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald! From Our Love is Here to Stay to I Can’t Give you Anything But Love, highlights from Porgy and Bess and much more, these remarkable artists recreate one of the most memorable collaborations in music history.
Sat, May 23, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Alexander Shelley conductor
Janina Fialkowska piano*
ALEXINA LOUIE Infinite Sky with Birds
RAVEL Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major*
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major
Alexina Louie is one of Canada’s most distinguished composers, and her Infinite Sky with Birds provides an evocative opening to this beautiful concert that also features exquisite pianist Janina Fialkowska performing Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto.
KAREN GOMYO PLAYS MENDELSSOHN
Fri & Sat, May 29 & 30, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
Jun Märkl conductor
Karen Gomyo violin*
PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor*
STRAUSS Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Suite
Jun Märkl returns to conduct a program featuring exceptional violinist Karen Gomyo performing Mendelssohn’s deeply sensitive and beautiful Violin Concerto.
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
Wed, June 3, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Vancouver Bach Choir
The Last Night of the Proms concert, a tradition started in 1895 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, has also become a VSO and Vancouver Bach Choir institution. Maestro Tovey proudly upholds the tradition in a performance featuring Pomp & Circumstance, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and much more!
SEASON FINALE: MAHLER’S FIFTH
Sat & Mon, June 13 & 15, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Lucy Wang violin*
SIBELIUS The Bard
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
The VSO’s 2014/2015 Season comes to a close with Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 5, a work that marked a complete departure from his previous symphonies, but is no less significant in scope and inspiration.