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The VSO Sampler Pack

Four tickets chosen from 15 concerts, for as little as $99. What you do with the tickets is up to you: take four tickets to your favourite concert, two pairs to two concerts, or choose four different concerts altogether.

Even better, order two Samplers for more great concert experiences! A little tip: ordering a Sampler in PREMIUM seating will save you almost 50% on regular single concert prices for the best seats in the house! Great concerts, magnificent venues.

With the VSO Sampler Pack, you will experience the very best in orchestral music and guest artists, at significant savings. Not only that, but we give you the best seating available at the time of your order – in the beautiful, historic Orpheum Theatre or the extraordinary Chan Centre at UBC.



Call VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434 to purchase or to make concert selections for a Sampler you have already purchased.

Seating Maps

1. Tovey Conducts Bruckner & Debussy
Fri & Sat, Feb 1 & 2, Orpheum

Bramwell Tovey conductor
Couloir: Ariel Barnes, cello & Heidi Krutzen, harp

DEBUSSY Danses sacrée et profane
KELLY-MARIE MURPHY En el escuro es todo uno (In the darkness, all is one)*
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 in A Major

Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey conducts the VSO along with former Principal Cello Ariel Barnes, in a concert featuring Bruckner’s arresting, enigmatic 6th Symphony.

2. The Moldau & Grieg’s Piano Concerto

Sat, Feb 9, Orpheum

Brett Mitchell conductor
Andrew Von Oeyen piano*

SMETANA The Moldau
GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor*
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G Major

One of the most poetic and lyrical pianists of his generation, Andrew Von Oeyen tackles Grieg’s much-loved Piano Concerto, in a concert that also features one of Dvořák’s greatest works, and the famous melodies of The Moldau – all under the direction of conductor Brett Mitchell, making his VSO debut.

3. Mozart: The Magic Flute

Fri & Sat, Feb 15 & 16, Orpheum

Eivind Gullberg Jensen conductor
Chad Hoopes violin*

MOZART The Magic Flute: Overture
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto in A minor*
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Young violinist Chad Hoopes, praised worldwide for his exceptional virtuosity, performs Dvořák’s masterpiece Violin Concerto. This concert that also features Mozart’s enduring classic, the overture to The Magic Flute, and Brahms’ celebrated Fourth Symphony.

4. Goldberg & Holberg

Fri & Sat, Feb 22 & 23, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Henning Kraggerud violin/leader

GRIEG Holberg Suite
SVENDSEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra
KRAGGERUD Postlude No. 2 in D minor
BACH Goldberg Variations
(Arr. Kraggerud & Bernt Simen Lund)

Extraordinary violinist Henning Kraggerud leads from the violin in a program that includes Grieg’s brilliant Holberg Suite, as well as a new arrangement of Bach’s watershed Goldberg Variations.

5. VSO Pops: John Pizzarelli: A Century of Nat ‘King’ Cole

Fri & Sat, Mar 1 & 2, Orpheum

John Morris Russell conductor
John Pizzarelli vocalist & guitar
Konrad Paszkudzki piano
Mike Karn bass

The superb guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli performs an incredible tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole’s 100th anniversary in our own special year.

6. Kadouch Plays Beethoven

Fri & Sat, Mar 15 & 16, Orpheum

Dietrich Paredes conductor
David Kadouch piano*

MENDELSSOHN Fingal’s Cave (The Hebrides)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor*
BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Highly-decorated French pianist David Kadouch makes his VSO debut performing Beethoven’s dramatic, ferocious Piano Concerto No. 3, a work by a composer whose great creative genius is on full display. We also hear Beethoven’s Second Symphony, a piece composed at the height of his powers, and giving every sign of the astonishing body of work yet to come.

7. Tausk Conducts Mozart

Fri & Sat, Mar 22 & 23, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Otto Tausk conductor

MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C Major

VSO Music Director Otto Tausk presents a unique and fascinating concert perfectly suited to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Mozart was arguably history’s greatest composer, and hearing his final three symphonies performed together in one concert is a transcendent musical experience and a unique insight into one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has ever known.

8. Revolutionaries: Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Shostakovich

Fri, Apr 12, Orpheum

Otto Tausk conductor
Rosanne Philippens violin*

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor*
SHOSTAKOVICH Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk:
Suite Arr. James Conlon

Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich: Three Russian musicians whose lives were altered by revolution; each with a very personal style, each with a very personal relationship to power. This concert features one of the first North American performances of Stravinsky’s recently discovered Funeral Song.

9. VSO Pops: Dancing & Romancing

Fri & Sat, Apr 26 & 27, Orpheum

Andy Einhorn conductor
Joan Hess and Kirby Ward singers/dancers

Celebrate Dance and Romance at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre, with acclaimed veterans of Broadway, television and movies, singers/ dancers Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. You’ll be transported back to a place and time when dancing and romancing were king, with magical songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night, Singing in the Rain, All That Jazz, In the Mood, That Old Black Magic, and many more romantic, dance-filled favourites.

10. Bramwell Conducts Louis Lortie

Fri & Sat, May 3 & 4, Orpheum

Bramwell Tovey conductor
Louis Lortie piano*

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major*
BRAMWELL TOVEY Concerto for Orchestra
(World Première/VSO Commission)

Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the World Première of his own Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the VSO to commemorate his appointment as Music Director Emeritus. Maestro Tovey teams up with Canadian legend Louis Lortie to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

11. Tragic Love: Wagner & Prokofiev

Sat, May 11, Orpheum

Otto Tausk conductor
Jeanette Jonquil clarinet*
Julia Lockhart bassoon*

WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
STRAUSS Duet Concertino for Clarinet & Bassoon*
PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet: Suite (arranged by Otto Tausk)

It’s all about love. Maestro Tausk leads the VSO in two of the most beautiful odes to tragic love ever written. VSO principals Julia Lockhart and Jeanette Jonquil shine in Strauss’ lovely Duet Concertino.

12. Akiyama Returns

Fri & Sat, May 17 & 18, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Kazuyoshi Akiyama conductor
Mayuko Kamio violin*

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs & Dances: Suite no. 3
BACH Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major*
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Strasbourg*
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Italian

VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducts this historic program, with pieces selected from his very first concerts as Music Director in 1972. Praised worldwide for her luxurious, silken tone and virtuosic technique, Mayuko Kamio and her 1727 Stradivarius violin are the perfect match for Mozart’s enchanting Violin Concerto No. 3.

13. VSO Pops: Women Rock

Fri & Sat, May 24 & 25, Orpheum

Jeff Tyzik conductor
Cassidy Catanzaro vocalist
Katrina Dideriksen vocalist
Shayna Steele vocalist

Longtime VSO collaborator Jeff Tyzik conducts a program that honours those powerful women who changed rock and popular music forever. Cassidy Catanzaro, Katrina Dideriksen, and Shayna Steele channel Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Carole King, and more of the game-changing women of popular music.

14. Debussy & Ravel: Colour & Image

Fri & Sat, May 31 & June 1, Orpheum

Otto Tausk conductor
Kerson Leong violin*

LILI BOULANGER D’un soir triste
LILI BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps
SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso*
RAVEL Tzigane*

A sumptuous French program that includes a beautiful impressionistic masterpiece by Claude Debussy. Lili Boulanger was an exceptional composer who died much too young, leaving tantalizing hints of what could have been.

15. Season Finale: Zarathustra!

Fri & Sat, June 7 & 8, Orpheum

Otto Tausk conductor
Nicholas Wright violin*
Harriet Krijgh cello*

SCHUBERT Rosamunde: Overture
MICHEL VAN DER AA Concerto for Violin and Cello (North American première)*
R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Maestro Otto Tausk celebrates the VSO centenary in a concert that looks to the past, present, and future: Including Schubert’s Rosamunde, the first work ever performed by the VSO; a new work from Dutch colleague Michel van der Aa; and the epic Strauss tone poem we all know from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Call the VSO Box Office at 604.876.3434 to book.