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VSO Maestro Emeritus Bramwell Tovey returns to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

VSO Maestro Emeritus Bramwell Tovey returns to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
For Immediate Release
Vancouver, BC – January 29, 2019

Vancouver, Canada (January 29, 2019) – The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Maestro Bramwell Tovey as he makes his return as VSO Music Director Emeritus after eighteen extraordinary years as the longest-serving Music Director in the VSO’s century-long history. Tovey will conduct for two shows only February 1 and 2 at 8:00PM at Orpheum Theatre.

About Bramwell Tovey
Following an exceptional 18-year tenure as Music Director of the VSO, Grammy® and Juno award-winning conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey has had a busy year, as the new Artistic Director at Calgary Opera, in addition to holding the title of Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, England, as well as Artistic Advisor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Under his leadership the VSO toured China, Korea, across Canada and the United States. His VSO innovations included the establishment of the VSO School of Music for which he served as Artistic Advisor from 2011 to 2018, the VSO’s annual festival of contemporary music and the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler, a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians held in the scenic mountain resort of Whistler in British Columbia.

At Bramwell’s final concert as Music Director, the board of directors announced that the school building immediately behind the orchestra’s historic Orpheum home will be renamed The Tovey Family Centre for Music thanks to generous financial support from several prominent VSO donors. For more on Bramwell Tovey, read his full bio here.

Concert Dates
Friday, February 1 at 8:00PM, Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, February 2 at 8:00PM, Orpheum Theatre

Program Information
The program for the evening includes Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, Bruckner’s Symphony No.6 in A Major, and Kelly-Marie Murphy’s En el escuro es todo uno (In the darkness, all is one).

About the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions; the largest performing arts organization west of Ontario and the third largest symphony orchestra in the country.

The VSO performs to an annual audience of over 250,000 people and features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season. Over 170 concerts are performed annually by the VSO in the historic Orpheum Theatre and numerous additional venues throughout the Lower Mainland. 2018/2019 marks the organization’s 100th season.

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