VSO@Home Digital Performances

Since the cancellation of VSO performances starting on March 13th the support from you, our public, has been incredible. Ticket donations, financial support, and the many messages of goodwill – thank you! You have our deepest appreciation.

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With support from Connor Clark & Lunn Foundation


Wednesday, June 24

On YouTube

Members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to frontline healthcare workers with a beautiful virtual performance of minimalist icon Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The performance by VSO Principal Flute Christie Reside (playing alto flute) and Principal Percussion Vern Griffiths (playing vibraphone) is dedicated to frontline health workers battling the COVID-19 crisis.

Ms. Reside first heard this piece at the start of her own social isolation and instantly felt an emotional connection to the work. She states, “I was thinking of works that would be a fitting tribute, and I wanted to choose something with a powerful, emotional impact that would really show our gratitude to the frontline workers. Spiegel im Spiegel refers to an infinity mirror — what you get when two mirrors are placed facing one another, thereby producing an infinite number of images.”




Thursday, June 11 – 7:30pm PDT

On YouTube

Featuring beautiful performances from VSO musicians of music by Kreisler, Gershwin, Schipizky, and Prokofiev.




Thursday, May 28 – 7:30pm PDT

On YouTube

Featuring beautiful performances from VSO musicians of moving and thoughtful pieces by Fitzenhagen, Telemann, the Danish String Quartet and Messiaen.

Fitzenhagen: Cello Quartet 
Telemann: Sonata in E minor for Two Flutes or violins
Nordic Folk Tunes: Arranged by the Danish String Quartet
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time – Final Movement, “Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus”



Thursday, May 21 – 7:30pm PDT

On YouTube

Featuring chamber music from VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright, Pianist Grace Huang, Principal Flute Christie Reside, Principal Percussion Vern Griffiths and the VSO Brass. Filmed in isolation and at the VSO’s Pyatt Hall. Mixed and edited into a gorgeous digital performance.

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man 
JS Bach: Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV 1013
Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata in A Major, Opus 13 
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror)



Mother’s Day Chamber Concert

May 10, 2020, 2:00pm


Christopher Gaze, guest host
Yi Zhou, first violin
Cassandra Bequary, second violin
Greg Caisley, continuo/organ
Marcus Goddard, trumpet/piano
Angela Goddard, violin
Jasmine Goddard, guitar
Jordana Goddard, soprano

Handel: Trio sonata for two violins and basso continuo in G minor
Handel: Eternal Source of Light Divine, from Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Arranged for Trumpet, Soprano, Violin, and Guitar
Marcus Goddard: Vocalise

Join special guest host Christopher Gaze from Bard on the Beach and musical families from the VSO for a delightful Mother’s Day virtual chamber concert.

Vocalise was a gift to Bramwell Tovey at his Gala concert in June 2018: “In celebration of eighteen years of leadership, guidance, inspiration, and music-making. With respect, thanks, and great affection, from the musicians of the VSO.”



Artist LiveChat Q&A

Friday, May 1 at 4:00PM (PT)

Acting Principal Flute Chris James is joined by Principal Percussion Vern Griffiths, Principal Trumpet Larry Knopp, and Second Violin Cassandra Bequary as they talk Gershwin (Porgy and Bess and the Piano Concerto) and discuss excerpts and the audition process.



VSO@Home YouTube Premiere Watch-Party

Thursday, April 30, 7:30PM (PT)


Offenbach: Movement de Valse, from Duo for Two Cellos

Bach: Air on the G String

Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds

With introduction by Maestro Otto Tausk





April 24, 4pm

Tune in on Facebook Friday, April 24 at 4pm for a live chat with VSO musicians Chris James, Elizabeth Bligh, Nicholas Wright, and Vern Griffiths about Rimsky-Korsakov’s great Scheherazade.

Or simply watch on the VSO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VSOrchestra/

Send any questions you have for the musicians in advance to pr@vancouversymphony.ca or comment on our Facebook page.



VSO@Home YouTube Premiere Watch-Party

April 21, 7:30pm


Strauss: Serenade for Winds
Rossini: Duet for Cello and Double Bass

With introduction by Maestro Otto Tausk, bassist J. Warren Long and clarinetist Michelle Goddard





VSO@Home Watch-Party Premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

April 08, 2020, 7:30pm

Otto Tausk, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Today, we are pleased to share with you something quite special that we captured at the end of BeethovenFest in March. Long before social distancing measures came into place, Maestro Tausk and the musicians of the VSO gathered in an empty Orpheum Theatre for a new recording project: Beethoven’s remarkable 5th Symphony.


Now more than ever we ask for your support to assist us in navigating these difficult times. Please consider making a donation to support the VSO online.

We are so grateful to be able to make music with you and for you. The VSO is taking a short intermission from live performances and looks forward to playing again for you very soon.



BeethovenFest Virtual Finale

March 15, 2020, 2pm

Otto Tausk, conductor
Saleem Ashkar, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent closure of Vancouver’s performing arts spaces, Maestro Otto Tausk and the musicians of the VSO gathered in an empty Orpheum Theatre to livestream their performance of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony on March 15, 2020. We hope it brings you comfort and calm through this turbulent time. Please note – this concert was streamed on March 15, 2020 before bans on mass gatherings and recommendations to distance 2 metres apart were implemented. The VSO cares deeply for the health and safety of its musicians and has taken great care to adhere to new health authority recommendations on social distancing as they arise.



Thank you to the following for their generous support of BeethovenFest:



Saleem Ashkar appears courtesy of DECCA Classics

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