Symphonic Encounters

The VSO’s open rehearsal program, Symphonic Encounters, takes students, teachers, and community groups behind the scenes to discover what it takes for the musicians, conductors, and production team of the Vancouver Symphony to prepare for a world class concert.

In addition to the rehearsal, opportunities to Meet a Musician or take an Orpheum Tour may be offered depending on safety guidelines. Ticket holders will be notified of these opportunities in advance of the rehearsal date.

Meet a Musician: During the break, VSO musician will be available to answer any questions students may have about a career in music or the rehearsal process.

Orpheum Tour: A 40-minute tour of the Orpheum Theatre is available as an alternative to sitting in on the second half of the rehearsal. Space is limited, so advance booking is required.

Please note that the suggested age range for this program is from grade 6 up to adults.

Safety Measures: We all know this is a dynamic situation. The VSO is working closely with Vancouver Civic Theatres, ActSafe BC, and the Provincial Health Office to ensure the most current safety procedures are in place for each performance. Detailed procedures will be communicated with you in advance of each rehearsal. For FAQ’s about Safety Measures and Vaccination, please see below FAQ’s.

2021-2022 Rehearsal Dates


November 5, 10:00am-12:30pm


Rachmaninoff & Strauss

Discover the music of two giants of the late-Romantic period with Maestro Tausk and piano phenom Stewart Goodyear, including Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.



December 10, 11:00am-2:00pm


A Dee Daniels Christmas (Pops)

Vancouver jazz diva Dee Daniels enchants us with the magical music of Christmas.



February 25, 10:00am-12:30pm


An Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s 9th

Beethoven’s 9th symphony joyously unites the orchestra with a chorus and vocal soloists. Canadian composer Samy Moussa’s Elysiumis a modern companion, inspired by Beethoven’s work.



May 27, 10:00am-12:30pm


Season Finale: Mahler’s 5th Symphony

Maestro Tausk conducts Mahler’s epic 5th symphony. A gorgeous meditation from English composer Anna Clyne sets the stage for Mahler’s magnificent vision.