MAESTRO BRAMWELL TOVEY and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present the 2017 Spring Festival. This season, SpringFest focuses on great British composers and their most popular works.
The Festival begins with Canadian classical music superstar James Ehnes, pulling triple duty (conductor, violinist, violist) with three of the best-known English composers: Elgar, Britten, and Vaughan Williams. Next up, Ehnes performs Walton’s Viola Concerto, and Maestro Tovey takes up the baton in a concert that features Holst’s incredible journey through the solar system in The Planets — complete with NASA footage from Voyager, Pioneer, and Discovery missions.
The next concert features Vancouver’s own Ian Parker performing Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto for piano and orchestra, written for the 1941 British film, Dangerous Moonlight, as well as William Walton’s epic score for Henry V. The next night, Maestro Tovey joins VSO Principal musicians to perform the Elgar Piano Quintet, and then explores the mysteries and humour of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
The last night of the 2017 Spring Festival features the pomp and circumstance (and fun!) of The Last Night of the Proms, the customary ending to the Promenades series at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a tradition proudly upheld by Bramwell Tovey, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the VSO School of Music Sinfonietta and the VSO. In addition to music of Elgar and Holst, there’s a musical tribute to the witty and urbane British playwright and composer Sir Noël Coward.
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