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 27/28, 2019
TRIFONOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF NO. 3
Oft mentioned in the same breath as composer/performer geniuses Liszt and Scriabin, the astonishing young virtuoso Daniil Trifonov, Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year, will transport us to another dimension with his interpretation of perhaps the most famous composer/pianist of all: Rachmaninoff. Maestro Tausk and the VSO set the scene with Russian mystical madman Alexander Scriabin’s ethereal Poème de l’extase (Poem of Ecstasy).
November 22/23, 2019
MOZART REQUIEM AND SCHUBERT UNFINISHED
Maestro Tausk tickles our curiosity with two famously unfinished works that beg the question: what might have come next? Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 seems perfect in its abbreviated imperfection. Perhaps he knew that, leaving the work to write a number of other pieces. Mozart’s haunting final work was left sketched but incomplete at his death, commissioned by a mysterious count.
JANUARY 24/25, 2020
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE: MÄRKL CONDUCTS BERLIOZ, RAVEL, SAINT-SAËNS
Audience-favourite Maestro Jun Märkl returns with a program tracing the evolution of the French sound: lush and masterful orchestration, cyclical forms, and great thematic cohesion. Young Hungarian cellist István Várdai brings his famed “Du Pré-Harrell” Stradivarius, built in 1673, to tackle Saint-Saëns’ beloved Concerto No. 1.
SATURDAY SUBSCRIBERS ENJOY: March 7 2020
THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: BEETHOVEN THE MODERNIST
As accolades pile up around the world, Alina Ibragimova continues to humbly and steadfastly go about her craft making music immediate and accessible. Hear her VSO debut in Shostakovich’s riveting first Violin Concerto. Plus, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with Tausk and the VSO. What could be better? This concert is part of Beethovenfest.
FRIDAY SUBSCRIBERS ENJOY: March 13 2020
THE BEETHOVEN EXPERIENCE: A MOST REMARKABLE NIGHT PART 1
December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. The Pastorale is Beethoven’s portrait of nature. The first bars of the 4th Piano Concerto take one’s breath away. Enjoy the second half of the “remarkable” night the following evening, March 14th, with a BeethovenFest pass. This concert is part of Beethovenfest.
May 1/2, 2020
MUSICAL AMERICA: BERNSTEIN, GERSHWIN, PREVIN
Over the last three decades London- based conductor and organist Wayne Marshall has earned a reputation for making any orchestra feel like it can really play jazz. In this program he takes us on a tour of musical America with composers who could put a foot on either side of the jazz/classical divide. Don’t miss Marshall’s ferocious talent as he does double duty with the baton and piano.
June 5/6, 2020
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC: MOZART & BERLIOZ
To close the season, Maestro Tausk has put together an ode to summer, just in time for sunshine season in Vancouver. Superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joins us for one of Berlioz’s most popular works, an exploration of love’s evolution over a series of summer nights. Mozart loved a good party and the last act of The Marriage of Figaro is perhaps one of the best he threw.
Feautirng members of the Yolanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.