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Six-concert subscription package from $159. All concerts Fridays or Saturdays at 8pm at the Orpheum. Pre-concert talks at the Orpheum at 7pm. Call the VSO Box Office at 604-876-3434 to book your tickets.
September 20/21, 2019
MAHLER’S TITAN PLUS PIECZONKA SINGS SCHUBERT
The VSO’s 101st Season opens with Canadian international diva Adrianne Pieczonka singing Schubert’s orchestrated lieder including Der Erlkönig (The Elf King) paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 Titan — the Symphony that “changed the genre forever” (The Guardian). Maestro Tausk starts with a new work commissioned from Juno-nominated Bekah Simms, a fresh and brilliant Canadian talent, to open the season.
October 18/19, 2019
TAUSK CONDUCTS DVORÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Gorgeous folk songs and music from the New World combine in this cornucopia of well-known melodies. Plus Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a work rendered famous by none other than the VSO in the soundtrack to Oliver Stone’s film Platoon.
November 29/30, 2019
SIBELIUS 5, NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN AND ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO
Sibelius 5 — what more can we say than horns, horns, horns! You will leave the concert hall humming one of the simplest yet greatest themes ever created for orchestra. Plus, hometown superstar cellist Gary Hoffman, originally from Vancouver, provides a definitive interpretation of the Elgar concerto.
JANUARY 31/FEBRUARY 1, 2020
ROMANTIC BRUCKNER PLUS GIDON KREMER PLAYS SCHUMANN
Gidon Kremer’s legendary combination of dazzling technique and painstaking musical insight will show us the brilliance of Schumann’s subtle and intimate Cello Concerto in this transcription for violin. Bruckner’s 4th and most popular Romantic symphony creates an almost Wagnerian world of delicate birdsong, medieval towns, and mounted knights bursting out into nature. David Gordon Duke describes Canadian composer/ conductor Samy Moussa as “a twentyfirst century Wagner.” You are about to discover why in this work that atmospherically sets the stage for the drama to come.
MOZART AND RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Elim Chan, one of the most vibrant young conductors on the scene today partners with Sergei Babayan, mentor of Trifonov and Argerich collaborator, for an impeccable Mozart. If those names are new to you, trust us — you are in for a treat.
MAY 29/30, 2020
TOVEY CONDUCTS CHOPIN AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
VSO Music Director Emeritus Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads a program that pairs English poetry with Polish passion. Angela Cheng will enthrall in Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto, a work of “undescribable beauty.” Vivian Fung’s colourful and energetic Earworms starts the program.