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Nov
25
Sat
Parallel 01 Uri Vaine & Ensemble (USA/CANADA) — Vancouver New Music @ The Roundhouse
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm
Dec
2
Sat
Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra — Elektra Women’s Choir @ Dunbar Ryerson United Church
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm

Ushering in the season of Advent, Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra is a seasonal tradition for many families. Experience familiar carols and new works connecting the past with the present, including the world premiere of a suite of carol arrangements by Canadian composer Laura Hawley. Anchoring the program is Benjamin Britten’s timeless A Ceremony of Carols with harpist Vivian Chen. Enjoy, too, the youthful voices of the West Vancouver School District Women’s Honour Choir as Elektra wraps up the season with a beautiful bow.

 

Dec
3
Sun
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir — Massey Theatre @ Massey Theatre
Dec 3 @ 2:30 pm
Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra — Elektra Women’s Choir @ Highlands United Church
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm

Ushering in the season of Advent, Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra is a seasonal tradition for many families. Experience familiar carols and new works connecting the past with the present, including the world premiere of a suite of carol arrangements by Canadian composer Laura Hawley. Anchoring the program is Benjamin Britten’s timeless A Ceremony of Carols with harpist Vivian Chen. Enjoy, too, the youthful voices of the West Vancouver School District Women’s Honour Choir as Elektra wraps up the season with a beautiful bow.

 

Handel’s Messiah — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm

A KAY MEEK + Early Music Vancouver Presentation
Grosvenor Theatre

Featuring the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver Cantata Singers, and outstanding soloists, Handel’s Messiah is a glorious piece of music of great history and importance. The work took Handel a brief 24 days to complete, and was, according to him, a product of divine inspiration. This led Handel to leave an inscription at the end of the score: “To God alone the glory”.

Join us with conductor Alexander Weimann and Vancouver Cantata Singers artistic director Paula Kremer for a presentation of Handel’s greatest known work in the intimate atmosphere of the Grosvenor Theatre. Hear how the use of period instruments in a mid-sized hall can transform this iconic work from merely powerful to transcendent.

Featuring Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), and Tyler Duncan (baritone).

Performance Sponsor: BlueShore Financial.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Piano — Vancouver Recital Society @ Vancouver Playhouse
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm

What does a 17-year old cellist from Nottingham do when he is named the 2016 BBC Musician of the Year, is signed to an exclusive recording contract with Decca, and is given the use, on permanent loan, of a 400-year old Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello? He makes his Canadian debut for the Vancouver Recital Society of course! Sheku comes from a family which includes six siblings – all musicians. He will be accompanied by his sister Isata.

CASSADO: Suite for Solo Cello
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

“Sheku is an astonishingly gifted young musician with incredible energy and a burning passion for his music.” — Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics

Dec
5
Tue
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir: Sounds of Christmas — Surrey Civic Theatres @ Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm

Join the celebrated Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir for this annual Christmas concert, with nearly eighty male voices singing in glorious four-part harmony. The program will include traditional carols, seasonal songs and readings, something a little zany, plus a special guest.

This show is an audience favourite that sells out early each year.

 

Dec
6
Wed
A Jann Arden Christmas, with the VSO — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ The Orpheum
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

Canada’s beloved pop diva Jann Arden brings her sensational voice and warm, witty personality to this Holiday-season extravaganza! Featured tunes include such timeless numbers as Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and much more – all done the inimitable Jann Arden way.

Dec
7
Thu
A Twin Kennedy Christmas — Evergreen Cultural Centre @ Evergreen Cultural Centre
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Meet TWIN KENNEDY: an identical twin country/roots duo from Victoria, BC. With Carli on guitar and vocals and Julie on fiddle and vocals, these sisters have been described as “Nothing Short of Awesome!” (Cashbox Magazine). This show will be a mix of original holiday songs and traditional Christmas favourites and will be part of their anticipated album release “A Twin Kennedy Christmas”.

Their musical bond is as strong as their small town roots – Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. Born and raised in the small town of Powell River, Twin Kennedy grew up perfecting their sibling harmonies and dynamic live performances, while making their name known throughout their small community as a family band.

Growing up in such a musically infused family, it is no wonder that these sisters crafted their sound through a unique fusion of their background in country, folk, jazz and classical music. With years of classical training, including their Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Victoria, the sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on vocals and guitar and Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses will fill your soul with joy and warmth through their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. No bond compares to that of sisters, and the same is to be said about the blend of their kindred voices.

 

 

 

Dec
9
Sat
Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas — Massey Theatre @ Massey Theatre
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

On December 4th, 1956 an event occurred that was to become a music legend. A jam session started at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records Recording Studio that featured Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. The jam session seems to have happened by pure chance when all of these Sun recording artists dropped by to give Sam Phillips a holiday visit on that same day. When Elvis wandered over to the piano and started playing a
seasonal song… the others joined in and the jam session began.
The following day, an article about the session, appeared in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title “Million Dollar Quartet.” The article contained the now-famous photograph of Elvis seated at the piano surrounded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. The recordings of this event are now collector’s items and the fame and celebrity of the “Million Dollar Quartet” is very well documented.

The Killer, Cash, and the King pay tribute to these legendary Sun Records artist’s music from that original night as well many other hit songs by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley that have stood the test of time… 90 minutes of rockabilly, country and
pure 1950’s rock and roll portrayed by the world’s leading tribute artists and played the way it is supposed to be played.

 

Dec
12
Tue
Takàcs String Quartet — Friends of Chamber Music @ Vancouver Playhouse
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String quartet No 21 in D major, K575
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Opus 122
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Opus 80

The Takács Quartet is a perennial favourite with our audience, and in 2012, Gramophone announced that the group was the rst (and only) string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame. Their irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality offer a window into the Hungarian quartet tradition. This
programme will give us a chance to hear the connections in late quartets by Mozart and Mendelssohn, and a late quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich, a great twentieth century composer who also looked to the 18th and 19th Century quartet traditions.

Dec
14
Thu
Classical Coffee Concert: Winter Dreams — Surrey Civic Theatres @ Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann—known worldwide as the Bergmann Piano Duo—are joined by duo harpists, Miya and Kaori Otake to perform an array of enchanting winter-inspired music such as Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons and music from Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel.

The concert takes place after a social hour with coffee, tea, and delicious goodies.

The Bergmanns are famous for their razzle-dazzle playing and their uniquely eclectic programs. Extraordinary performers, welcoming hosts and entertaining storytellers, this husband-and-wife team bring their magical touch to this intimate and casual concert.

Running time (concert): approximately 75 minutes, no intermission.

 

We Three Queens — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

A Kay Meek Presentation
Studio Theatre

Enjoy a holiday jazz performance featuring three of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists: Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan. Their repertoire of classic carols, holiday favourites, originals and international songs has been bringing joy and good cheer to audiences for almost a decade.

Cabaret Series Sponsor: The Consulting Edge.

 

 

Music for the Winter Solstice — Music on Main @ Heritage Hall
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Dec
15
Fri
Christmas with Chor Leoni — Chor Leoni Men’s Choir @ St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm

Chor Leoni’s holiday offering combines favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs, and familiar sing-along carols like a bright garland to warm the mid-winter darkness. Expect works by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, Veljo Tormis, and more. This Christmas concert is a holiday favourite – gather your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable evening of seasonal beauty.

We Three Queens — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

A Kay Meek Presentation
Studio Theatre

Enjoy a holiday jazz performance featuring three of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists: Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan. Their repertoire of classic carols, holiday favourites, originals and international songs has been bringing joy and good cheer to audiences for almost a decade.

Cabaret Series Sponsor: The Consulting Edge.

 

 

Christmas with Chor Leoni — Chor Leoni Men’s Choir @ St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

Chor Leoni’s holiday offering combines favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs, and familiar sing-along carols like a bright garland to warm the mid-winter darkness. Expect works by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, Veljo Tormis, and more. This Christmas concert is a holiday favourite – gather your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable evening of seasonal beauty.

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas — Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir @ Christ Church Cathedral
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has been bringing the joy of the Christmas season to sold-out audiences, and Good Tidings!  is what the 90 voice choir will bring with their signature sound and endless on-stage energy.  Good Noise is thrilled to welcome Canadian Jazz Singer, Maureen Washington.  With nine albums to her credit, Washington’s vocal diversity lends itself to superb performances of jazz, blues, swing, funk and R&B.

With Guest Artist: Canadian Jazz Vocalist – Maureen Washington at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

Music for the Winter Solstice — Music on Main @ Heritage Hall
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Philippe Quint — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

Philippe Quint. Photo by Jeff Gerew.

The VSO’s traditional presentation of Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons. Philippe Quint, one of the most lyrical, elegant, and poetic violinists in the world today, will perform this enduring favourite, on the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Stradivarius violin.

 

 

 

Dec
16
Sat
Christmas with Chor Leoni — Chor Leoni Men’s Choir @ West Vancouver United Church
Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm

Chor Leoni’s holiday offering combines favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs, and familiar sing-along carols like a bright garland to warm the mid-winter darkness. Expect works by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, Veljo Tormis, and more. This Christmas concert is a holiday favourite – gather your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable evening of seasonal beauty.

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas — Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir @ Christ Church Cathedral
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm
Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has been bringing the joy of the Christmas season to sold-out audiences, and Good Tidings!  is what the 90 voice choir will bring with their signature sound and endless on-stage energy.  Good Noise is thrilled to welcome Canadian Jazz Singer, Maureen Washington.  With nine albums to her credit, Washington’s vocal diversity lends itself to superb performances of jazz, blues, swing, funk and R&B.

With Guest Artist: Canadian Jazz Vocalist – Maureen Washington at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

A Caelestra Christmas — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm

This Christmas season, join Caelestra for an evening of beautiful Yuletide music both old and new.

Featuring the heavenly voice of Lyric Soprano Lambroula Maria Pappas, the Celtic flute of Michelle Carlisle, and the songs of Fantasy-Folk Songwriter Britta Curkovic, Caelestra will take you on a journey back in time and around the globe. With the five talented musicians performing in full medieval costume, rich vocal harmonies, and music played on flute, harp, guitars, hand drums & cello, this concert will keep you captivated from beginning to end.

Caelestra is a Celtic Fantasy Folk Band, founded by well known Celtic flutist and singer Michelle Carlisle, Vancouver songwriter, composer & Celtic harpist Britta Curkovic, and classically trained soprano Lambroula Pappas.  Joining them are the passionate rhythms of percussionist Sacha Levin, and the gorgeous cello lines of their cellist, Janelle Ragno.  Caelestra will entertain you with jigs and reels, soul-stirring ballads, sprightly renaissance tunes, and traditional Celtic and Christmas music.

 

Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas — Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir @ Christ Church Cathedral
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Photo Credit: Brice Ferre Studio

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has been bringing the joy of the Christmas season to sold-out audiences, and Good Tidings!  is what the 90 voice choir will bring with their signature sound and endless on-stage energy.  Good Noise is thrilled to welcome Canadian Jazz Singer, Maureen Washington.  With nine albums to her credit, Washington’s vocal diversity lends itself to superb performances of jazz, blues, swing, funk and R&B.

With Guest Artist: Canadian Jazz Vocalist – Maureen Washington at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Philippe Quint — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm

Philippe Quint. Photo by Jeff Gerew.

The VSO’s traditional presentation of Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons. Philippe Quint, one of the most lyrical, elegant, and poetic violinists in the world today, will perform this enduring favourite, on the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Stradivarius violin.

 

 

 

Dec
17
Sun
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Philippe Quint — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ Massey Theatre
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

Philippe Quint. Photo by Jeff Gerew.

The VSO’s traditional presentation of Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons. Philippe Quint, one of the most lyrical, elegant, and poetic violinists in the world today, will perform this enduring favourite, on the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Stradivarius violin.

 

 

 

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra — Massey Theatre @ Massey Theatre
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
18
Mon
Christmas with Chor Leoni — Chor Leoni Men’s Choir @ St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
Dec 18 @ 4:30 pm

Chor Leoni’s holiday offering combines favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs, and familiar sing-along carols like a bright garland to warm the mid-winter darkness. Expect works by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, Veljo Tormis, and more. This Christmas concert is a holiday favourite – gather your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable evening of seasonal beauty.

Christmas with Chor Leoni — Chor Leoni Men’s Choir @ St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Chor Leoni’s holiday offering combines favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs, and familiar sing-along carols like a bright garland to warm the mid-winter darkness. Expect works by Tori Amos, Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, Randall Thompson, Veljo Tormis, and more. This Christmas concert is a holiday favourite – gather your family and friends and join us for an unforgettable evening of seasonal beauty.

Jan
11
Thu
Steelin’ In The Years — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

A KAY MEEK Presentation
Studio Theatre

Steelin’ In The Years gathers together some of the most accomplished West Coast musicians, all of whom possess a common affection for the music of Steely Dan. Their revue features top-notch interpretations of favourite Steely Dan compositions, drawing material from virtually all their albums. It’s an extraordinary show, never failing to be electrifying and interactive!

Cabaret Series Sponsor: The Consulting Edge.

 

Jan
12
Fri
Bach to the Future: The Diderot Quartet — Music on Main @ Christ Church Cathedral
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm

Bach to the Future: The Legacy of the Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV1080 (excerpts)
Felix Mendelssohn: Fugue in Eb major, Op. 81 No. 4
Felix Mendelssohn: No. 2 Op. 13 in A minor

Johann Sebastian Bach is the greatest composer of all time. However, it took another Leipzig composer, Felix Mendelssohn, to lead a revival of Bach’s music, resulting in universal appreciation and admiration. Mendelssohn’s fascination with Bach’s music reveals itself in his own compositions with references to specific works and adaptations of baroque forms he had learned to love through Bach.

This period instrument program of works by Bach and Mendelssohn is played by the Diderot Quartet, the members of which are recent Juilliard graduates.

Steelin’ In The Years — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm

A KAY MEEK Presentation
Studio Theatre

Steelin’ In The Years gathers together some of the most accomplished West Coast musicians, all of whom possess a common affection for the music of Steely Dan. Their revue features top-notch interpretations of favourite Steely Dan compositions, drawing material from virtually all their albums. It’s an extraordinary show, never failing to be electrifying and interactive!

Cabaret Series Sponsor: The Consulting Edge.

 

Jan
13
Sat
Private to Public: The Eybler Quartet — Music on Main @ Christ Church Cathedral
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm

Johann Baptist Vanhal: String Quartet op. 6 #3 in C major
Franz Asplmayr: String Quartet op. 2 #2 in D major
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 33 #1 in B minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18 #3 in D major

Music for 2 violins, viola and ‘cello emerged in the mid-18th Century as popular home entertainment. What we now recognize as the string quartet spent most of its early years in the drawing room, and only in the 19th Century did established-groups begin presenting regular public concerts.

The period instrument Eybler Quartet (members of Toronto’s Tafelmusik) traces a line from the obscure early roots to the treasured works of Haydn and Beethoven that became the backbone of the string quartet repertoire.

Otto Tausk conducts Brahms and Dvořák — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ The Orpheum
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm

Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that emerged triumphantly from under the shadow of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony. Brahms struggled mightily with the idea of writing a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s Ninth, feeling that music had been perfected in that great work. He finally worked up the courage after twenty years of delay; and his Symphony No. 1 was worth the wait, a stunning symphonic statement that in many ways picked up where Beethoven left off.

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is perhaps the best-loved of the “big five” cello concerti, a beautiful work that is not consumed by flashy solo parts, but seamlessly and brilliantly integrates the cello and orchestra into a dynamic, lyrical and rewarding dialogue.

Jan
14
Sun
Parker + Parker — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm

A KAY MEEK Presentation
Grosvenor Theatre

Magnetic, easy-going, and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He is an active soloist, collaborator, recitalist and recording artist and has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel and throughout Canada on tours with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Ian made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004.

Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker’s brilliant and versatile career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie to the Beijing Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. An active media personality, “Jackie” hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! and CBC Radio’s Up and Coming. His YouTube channel showcases the Concerto Chat video series, with illuminating discussions of the piano concerto repertoire.

These two superstars (and cousins!) will join forces for a two-piano extravaganza.

Performance Sponsor: BlueShore Financial.

 

 

Tara Erraught, Mezzo-Soprano and James Baillieu, Piano — Vancouver Recital Society @ Vancouver Playhouse
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm

Acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence, this Irish mezzo-soprano enjoys an ever-growing international career on opera, orchestral and recital stages. With a wide repertoire that includes Bellini, Dvořák, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, in recent seasons she has sung two world premieres, made her US opera debut, numerous role debuts, and successfully toured North America three times.Tara made her Canadian debut on our series in April 2013, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to Vancouver with James Baillieu, the leader of the next generation of vocal accompanists.

LISZT: Victor Hugo poems
SCHUMANN: Fünf Gedichte Der Königen Maria Stuart, Op. 135
DELIUS & QUILTER: Songs
RICHARD STRAUSS: Songs of Heinrich Heine & other songs

“Erraught delivered an ultra-flashy rendition of Dopo notte from Ariodante, then the famous, exquisite Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo. Her lithe virtuosity unleashed, the recital went into overdrive, ending, at least officially, with a hilarious rendering of Una voce poco fa from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. …In all, this was a convincing demonstration that, once again, Vancouver audiences have heard a true rising star…” — The Vancouver Sun (April 25, 2013)

 

Otto Tausk conducts Brahms and Dvořák — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ The Orpheum
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm

Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that emerged triumphantly from under the shadow of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony. Brahms struggled mightily with the idea of writing a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s Ninth, feeling that music had been perfected in that great work. He finally worked up the courage after twenty years of delay; and his Symphony No. 1 was worth the wait, a stunning symphonic statement that in many ways picked up where Beethoven left off.

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is perhaps the best-loved of the “big five” cello concerti, a beautiful work that is not consumed by flashy solo parts, but seamlessly and brilliantly integrates the cello and orchestra into a dynamic, lyrical and rewarding dialogue.

Jan
15
Mon
Otto Tausk conducts Brahms and Dvořák — Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ The Orpheum
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm

Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that emerged triumphantly from under the shadow of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony. Brahms struggled mightily with the idea of writing a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s Ninth, feeling that music had been perfected in that great work. He finally worked up the courage after twenty years of delay; and his Symphony No. 1 was worth the wait, a stunning symphonic statement that in many ways picked up where Beethoven left off.

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is perhaps the best-loved of the “big five” cello concerti, a beautiful work that is not consumed by flashy solo parts, but seamlessly and brilliantly integrates the cello and orchestra into a dynamic, lyrical and rewarding dialogue.

Jan
20
Sat
International Guitar Night — Massey Theatre @ Massey Theatre
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm

After the resounding success of last year’s show, the Massey is thrilled to again present the critically acclaimed International Guitar Night.   Germany’s Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt will return as the show’s host and will be joined by three new guitarists: Calum Graham, the young Canadian contemporary sensation who has a two-handed style, Marek Pasieczny, Poland’s innovative classical composer/ performer, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine who has won both the Guitar Foundation of America Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championship for steel string guitar. Enjoy these four unique virtuoso guitarists in a spectacular evening of sound that only guitars can create.

 

 

Jan
21
Sun
L’Elisir d’Amore — Vancouver Opera @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm

Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani

Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: James Robinson

Cast:
Adina: Ying Fang
Nemorino: Andrew Haji

About L’Elisir d’Amore
L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) is without a doubt one of the most performed of all Donizetti’s operas – but has not been seen at Vancouver Opera since 1999. It is a dreamy marriage of a stirring love story and hilarious comedy with music that moves the soul, including the much-loved aria ’Una furtiva lagrima’. L’elisir d’amore premiered in 1832 in Milan. To call it a success would be an understatement; it secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. Vancouver Opera is thrilled to present this opera in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES

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