Maestro Otto Tausk, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
A SEASON OF DISCOVERY
Dear Music Lovers,
As Music Director of the VSO I am thrilled to share with you our 2019-2020 season, the 101st season of the orchestra.
This is going to be a fantastic year. Guest artists include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniil Trifonov, Dawn Upshaw, Sergei Babayan, Gary Hoffman, Gidon Kremer, Susan Graham, and so many more — the quality and range of guest artists coming to Vancouver is a testament to our great orchestra and city.
We celebrate Beethoven 250 with BeethovenFest in the spring. The highlight for me will be re-creating the most remarkable night of Beethoven’s career, performed over two days, plus an intriguing exploration of the Fifth Symphony.
Throughout the year we invite you to hear things familiar but with a new perspective. Gidon Kremer plays the Schumann Cello Concerto on violin, Adrianne Pieczonka sings Schubert’s great lieder in orchestral arrangements, and Evelyn Glennie invites you to listen differently before we place you in the heart of the orchestra for a special immersive experience with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. I am also excited to continue our focus on Women’s Voices, including the debut of conductor Elim Chan.
The season opens with the symphony that changed the genre forever — Mahler’s 1st, the Titan. It sets the tone for a season of musical discovery. See you at the concert hall!
June 9 2020
ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER PLAYS BEETHOVEN
Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for more than 40 years the virtuoso has been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. Tickets on sale now when you renew or subscribe to 2019-2020. Don’t wait. Good seats going fast.
In spring 2020 the VSO celebrates Beethoven 250. From a re-creation of the night in 1808 that changed music forever — when Beethoven premièred his 5th and 6th Symphonies, the 4th Piano Concerto and the Choral Fantasy in the same evening – to an exploration of the senses with the fantastic Dame Evelyn Glennie, VSO BeethovenFest will leave you with a new love of the greatest music master of all. As a through-line, Maestro Tausk invites you to take in Beethoven’s 5th, with its famous opening motif, three different ways. First, as the inspiration for generations of composers to come, in the company of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1; second, in a special seating arrangement that lets you listen from within the orchestra; and third, as part of that most remarkable concert in 1808.
A six-concert series full of favourite repertoire including Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan”, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. Some of the most sought-after guest artists in the world perform including Dawn Upshaw, Gidon Kremer, Gary Hoffman and Angela Cheng. Choose the Friday or Saturday series. Early Bird prices for six-concert package range from $150 to $510 depending on section. Early Bird prices valid till June 8, 2019. Presented by Goldcorp.
Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, Maestro Tausk conducts Mozart’s Requiem, Jun Markl conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Susan Graham sings’ Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’ete. Fantastic artists. Fantastic music. Choose the Friday or Saturday series. Early Bird prices for six-concert package range from $150 to $510 depending on section. Early Bird prices valid till June 8, 2019.
Watch Casablanca in the grand Orpheum theatre with the score performed live to picture, take an insider’s tour of Hollywood arrangements with Jorge Calandrelli, join Steven Page for a night of classic Barenaked Ladies hits – and we’re just getting started. This year’s Pops series is not one to be missed. Presented by London Drugs.
Classical concerts with a twist: video screens on either side of the stage give close-ups of the musicians, while the conductor invites you into the music with commentary and insights from the stage. Musically Speaking is the perfect Symphony 101, with something for every taste – from Bizet’s Carmen and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony to up-and-comer Alma Deutscher and Avi Avital on symphonic mandolin.
Sunday afternoon matinees featuring a selection of Masterworks concerts, including Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Presented by RGF Integrated Wealth Management.
CLASSICAL TRADITIONS AT THE CHAN CENTRE
Take a masterclass in Bach from Ton Koopman, Haydn’s Oboe Concerto with Berlin Phil principal Albrecht Mayer, Beethoven’s Eroica, and more at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Presented with support from the Chan Endowment Fund.
A casual, short-format concert series with happy hour in the Orpheum lobby at 5:30pm, concert at 6:30, and post-concert mix and mingle with the musicians. Presented by John Fluevog Shoes.
TEA & TRUMPETS
Thursday matinees hosted by Christopher Gaze and conducted by the VSO’s new Assistant Conductor, Andrew Crust. Complimentary tea & cookies are served in the lobby beforehand. Presented by PARC Retirement Living.
Fun, interactive and compact concerts for kids five and up – featuring Lemony Snicket, a sand artist, Platypus Theatre and more! Come early for Instrument Play Zone and other musical activites. Presented by OriginO.
Bizet’s Carmen, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Avi Avital on symphonic mandolin and more brought to the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. The Surrey Nights Series is endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga Hoing.
NORTH SHORE CLASSICS
The VSO hits the North Shore with Viennese waltzes, symphonic mandolin, Beethoven, and a surprising new talent in a concert series at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre.
The 2020 VSO New Music Festival takes for its theme (re)creation. A concert of concerti performed by the artists who commissioned them; Max Richter’s reimagining of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; plus Standing Wave and other musical friends create their own programs around this year’s post-modern theme. Maestro Tausk opens the festival with special guests Stefan Dohr, Kari Kriikku, and Viviane Hagner while VSO Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey closes the festival with a concert featuring Richter’s work, as well as Powder Her Face Suite, by Thomas Adès. Concerts at The Orpheum, Chan Centre, Annex, Christ Church Cathedral and more.
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VSO CHAMBER PLAYERS
A four-concert series created and curated by the members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to highlight the quality and diversity of our musicians’ interests. All concerts in Pyatt Hall, the perfect gem of an acoustic concert venue in the VSO School of Music. Join members of the VSO for some of the greatest chamber music ever written.