LSM Newswire

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Announcing the VSO's 2009/2010 Season!

Vancouver, BCVSO Music Director Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the VSO are proud to announce the 2009/2010 Season! This season features a strong line-up of guest artists, mixing the next generation of stars with long-established superstars and local favourites (a VSO programming hallmark), great classical repertoire both new and old, hot Symphony Pops, matinees, and a range of concerts for children and families. And the VSO once again takes its show in the road, with concerts performed in fourteen different venues throughout the Lower Mainland.


A Season filled with gems and treasures – and a few surprises! – awaits Lower Mainland audiences in the 2009/2010 Season. Please see the VSO’s Media Room online at for bios and photos of all the great guest artists in the exciting 2009/2010 Season. PDF downloads of the new Season Brochure and complete concert listings are also available online.



A few of the many Season repertoire highlights include:


Mahler Symphony No.8 Symphony of a Thousand

Bruckner Symphony No.4 Romantic

Strauss An Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie)

Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.1

Sibelius Symphony No.2

Mozart Requiem

Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and No.2

Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor

R. Strauss Brentano Lieder

Mozart Symphony No.25 and Symphony No.41 Jupiter

Elgar Symphony No.1

Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations

Holst The Planets

Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2

Grieg Piano Concerto

JS Bach Orchestral Suite No.3

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Haydn Symphony No.103 Drum Roll

Stravinsky/Pergolisi Pulcinella: Suite

Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances

Beethoven Symphony No.9

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1

Clara Schumann Piano Concerto

Bruch Violin Concerto

Scott Good (VSO Composer-in-Residence) Between the Rooms for Trumpet and Orchestra



The line-up of classical guest artists includes many established stars and exciting young stars representing the next generation of classical musicians:


Itzhak Perlman violin

Lang Lang piano

Shlomo Mintz violin

Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Yevgeny Sudbin piano

Arabella Steinbacher violin

Barry Douglas piano

Vadim Gluzman violin

Measha Brueggergosman soprano

Nicola Benedetti violin

Garrick Ohlsson piano

Rachel Barton Pine violin

Julie Albers cello

Joyce Yang piano

Angela Cheng piano

Janina Fialkowska piano

Celena Shafer soprano

Stewart Goodyear piano

Adrian Anantawan violin

Martin Haselbock organ/conductor

Elizabeth Wallfisch violin/conductor



In addition to all the great classical concerts, the 2009/2010 London Drugs VSO Pops series is an outstanding one. The series features exciting artists and conductors who have never before performed with the VSO, including Cirque de la Symphonie, extraordinary Cirque acrobats who perform their incredible acts on stage with live music performed by the VSO; young star-in-the-making Pops conductor Steven Reineke, protégé of Erich Kunzel and newly appointed Music Director of the New York Pops; Dave Bennett, one of the world’s very best jazz clarinetists performing a 100th Anniversary Celebration of Benny Goodman; and Radiance, Motown superstars who bring to life the golden era of Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Sister Sledge, and more. In addition, the VSO is happy to welcome back Pops legend Erich Kunzel, conducting his beautiful Music of the Night Broadway program; and we are very happy to continue our association with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, one of the most in-demand Pops conductors and arrangers in North America.


Matinee traditions continue to see audience growth every year: Symphony Sundays presents classical concerts in the afternoon, drawn from the main series classical series; and Tea & Trumpets, featuring VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell and narrator Christopher Gaze – with tea and cookies served in the lobby one hour before each concert – includes light classics mixed with narration.


Concerts for kids and families are always popular, with Tiny Tots for the little ones from toddlers to age four or five at both the Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver and the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam, and Kids’ Koncerts, featuring the full orchestra and aimed at children from four/five to ten/eleven years of age.


And of course, a Symphony Season would not be complete without presentations of great Special Concerts – and this upcoming Season contains a very Special line-up:


  • Itzhak Perlman with the VSO. The VSO is thrilled and honoured to present the legendary Itzhak Perlman, one of the greatest musicians of this or any era, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
  • The Mendelssohn and Schumann Festival. The VSO celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the births of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, two of classical music’s greatest composers. This Festival includes pianist Angela Cheng performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1, as well as superstar pianist Lang Lang performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto
  • Mahler’s Symphony No.8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’. The VSO partners with VANOC to present the flagship event of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad just two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics. Mahler’s 8th is one of the largest, most spectacular live concert events one can imagine, with a large orchestra, eight vocal soloists, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus
  • A Traditional Christmas in many venues around the Lower Mainland with Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell and narrator Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach fame
  • The Sinatra Project with Michael Feinstein. One of the most passionate advocates of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein and the orchestra perform Frank’s greatest hits – and a few unknown gems – in an exciting, Pops-style special concert
  • Nosferatu! The 1922 Silent Film classic starring Max Schrek’s and his frightening and eerie performance as Count Orlock (the original film Dracula!) is shown with the full orchestra performing the score live on stage. A Hallowe’en Special – come in costume!





Ticket Availability:


·         The Subscription Renewals Campaign runs from the first week of March through to the Renewals Deadline of April 24th, 2009


·         New Subscriptions can be ordered at any time through VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434 or order online at


·         Single concert tickets go on-sale Monday, August 24th at 10:00am through VSO Customer Service and online. Tickets are only available as Subscription packages until that date


·         Special Concert tickets can only be ordered by VSO Subscribers until Monday, August 24th, as above


·         There are fifteen different subscription packages available, including a “Make Your Own” package option. Subscribing saves customers up to 30% over purchasing the same concerts individually, and gives customers guaranteed seating throughout the Season

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