Vancouver, Canada (March 18, 2021) — Today, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced that the second annual Day of Music will take place May 15, 2021. This free event celebrates music and musicians from across the Province of BC. Over one hundred performances will be released as livestreams and recordings in the virtual DayOfMusic.ca hub. Pop-up performances are also being planned around the province, health orders permitting.
Angela Elster, President & CEO of the VSO and VSO School of Music commented “Day of Music 2021 is a chance for British Columbians to come together in a massive celebration of music and its power to connect us. This has been a challenging year on so many fronts, and in particular for musicians. We witnessed firsthand how much stress our own VSO musicians have experienced. With Day of Music, we plan to reignite the sheer joy of music and performance as our community gets ready to come out of this long hibernation.”
Day of Music is made possible by support from The Province of BC, VSO CommunityEngagement Partner Newmont, Community Engagement Supporter CONNOR CLARK & LUNN FOUNDATION, and Jane McLennan Fund for Free and Accessible Programming.
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The VSO invites amateur and professional musicians and ensembles from across the province to join in this celebration of music via a video recording, live stream or pop-up performance in their community. A limited number of honorariums ($400 for individuals, $1,000 for ensembles) will be awarded to select participants. While all musicians and groups are invited to submit proposals to participate, preference will be given groups related to classical, jazz, chamber, world music, indigenous and wind band genres.
Proposals to participate can be submitted at DayOfMusic.ca. Deadline to submit proposals is April 15th, 2021.
ABOUT DAY OF MUSIC
Day of Music is the VSO’s annual free community celebration of music and musicians. The first Day of Music took place in 2019 and welcomed over 14,000 people to 100 free performances in celebration of the VSO’s 100th Anniversary. The second Day of Music was disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak and is now taking place on May 15, 2021.
Day of Music is made possible by the support of:
PROVINCE OF BC
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PARTNER
|COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUPPORTER
CONNOR CLARK & LUNN FOUNDATION
|JANE McLENNAN FUND FOR FREE
AND ACCESSIBLE PROGRAMMING
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1919, the Grammy and Juno-award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the third largest orchestra in Canada, the largest arts organization in Western Canada, and one of the few orchestras in North America to have its own music school. Led by Music Director Otto Tausk since 2018, the VSO performs more than 150 concerts each year, throughout Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, reaching over 270,000 people annually. On tour, the VSO has performed in the United States, China, Korea and across Canada. The orchestra presents passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music, creating meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For the current season, the VSO may be heard in its virtual home, TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS.