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VSO New Music Festival 2018

New year. New Music. Seems natural, right? The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has a multi-concert festival to celebrate both the new and kick-off the new year. This new music festival is one of the great legacy achievements of conductor Bramwell Tovey. The concept of a wintertime festival was tested in Tovey’s previous gig with the Winnipeg Symphony and has now taken ... Read More »

The Composer — Jocelyn Morlock

“I’m not taking away the cellos for electric guitars.” “I wanted to be a scuba diver, an astronaut, some- thing adventurous,” says Jocelyn Morlock of her childhood in Winnipeg. She might have dreamed of becoming a renowned, award-winning composer had she realized the career path was available to her, centuries after powdered wigs were in vogue. “I started playing piano ... Read More »

Opening Night Fever: Marcus Goddard, Trumpet

How does your day start on opening night? Marcus Goddard: I usually wake up at 7:00 a.m., meditate a bit, and warm-up for 15 minutes by playing long tones. What about pre-show jitters? Do you still get them? MG: Pre-show jitters? Oh yes…with every concert. But I’ve learned you have to get in the right mental zone. For me, it’s ... Read More »

A Slice of the Big Apple: The VSO Rocks Broadway

What do you get when you cross show tunes with pop songs, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Broadway stars, and “theatrical traditions with a high-energy rock concert?” The VSO’s powerful and fresh Broadway Rocks!. Playing at The Orpheum for two nights only, May 6 and 7, this concert will celebrate contemporary musical theatre’s continuing evolution, from 1981’s Dreamgirls through to ... Read More »

Spooky POPS: A Halloween Spectacular with the VSO

Enjoy the spooky, spectacular sounds of opera and cinema’s most haunting music. Celebrated VSO guest conductor John Morris Russell, who heads up one of the world’s most respected pop orchestras, the Cincinnati Pops, combines works new and old to evoke the thrill of the Halloween spirit. Ranging from select pieces from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Phantom of the Opera, excerpts ... Read More »