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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VSO's May Concert Listings


The VSO’s May Concert Listings

Vancouver, BC – The month of May is jam-packed with a thrilling array of musical choices, beginning with Russian piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk, playing Tchaikovsky’s rarely-performed Piano Concerto No. 2 (a piece that is not nearly as famous as its big brother, but just as exciting!). This Rubinstein Competition winner is without a doubt one of the top pianists of his generation, and he makes his VSO debut on this concert pair at the Orpheum and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. Next up is another young piano genius, eighteen-year old Ran Jia, also in her VSO debut. She will be highlighted in this all-Mozart Bach & Beyond series finale at the Chan Centre, and Beltone Symphony Sundays series finale at the Orpheum.

Moving along, the final Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse concert of the season features a new work by VSO Composer-In-Residence Scott Good titled …blood which flowed. The final Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets of the season is next, featuring local choir En Chor in an explosive concert of Musical Fireworks.

A spectacular London Drugs VSO Pops concert celebrates the beloved music of George Gershwin. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Canadian pianist Jon Nakamatsu and vocalist Doug LaBrecque are featured in some of the most memorable and enjoyable music ever written, including the delicious Rhapsody in Blue. Next up is the season’s final concert for the little ones: Tiny Tots Let’s Have a Playdate with Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda. Toddlers can play games to the classic music of Brahms. Older children can enjoy the fun Spectra Energy Kids Koncert How the Gimquat Found Her Song featuring renowned children’s entertainers Platypus Theatre. Through the captivating tale of an imaginary creature in search of her identity, this program explores the history of western music from Gregorian chant to the present day. With stops in Leipzig, Vienna, Berlin and New Orleans among many more, Gimquat and the children discover the music of the ages.

Last up in May is pianist Benjamin Hochman making his VSO debut, with VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama in a concert that features a rare Mozart piano concerto and the passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.

May is a month of concerts sure to thrill and excite Vancouver audiences, who will voraciously consume information about these extraordinary, world-renowned artists making their VSO debuts performing some of the greatest artistic works ever created in a remarkable month of concert events.

CONCERT INFO:

Musically Speaking Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Saturday, May 9, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano*

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s other piano concerto will blow you away.

Tickets $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

May 9 Concert Sponsor: HSBC Canada

Surrey Nights Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Monday, May 11, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s other piano concerto will blow you away.

Tickets $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

The Surrey Nights Series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga Höing.

Bach & Beyond Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 8pm, Chan Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

An all-Mozart series finale! The VSO celebrates the music of history’s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Eighteen year-old pianist Ran Jia has been praised as “a poet, with dramatic skill in music making.” She will perform an early Mozart piano concerto in her VSO debut.

Tickets $35 to $59 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available ONLY through Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-Phone at 604.280.3311 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

Generously Supported By:

The Bach & Beyond Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada.

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sunday, May 17, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

An all-Mozart series finale! The VSO celebrates the music of history’s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Eighteen year-old pianist Ran Jia has been praised as “a poet, with dramatic skill in music making.” She will perform an early Mozart piano concerto in her VSO debut.

Tickets $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Beltone

The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

That was then, these are now

Sunday, May 17, 8pm, Roundhouse Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

György Ligeti Chamber Concerto

Jocelyn Morlock Music of the romantic era

Jordan Nobles Entropy

Scott Good …blood which flowed

John Adams Chamber Symphony

Tickets $27 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: SOCAN Foundation

Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series:

Musical Fireworks!

Thursday, May 21, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

En Chor, choir*

Bernstein Candide: Overture

Handel/Harty Royal Fireworks

Shostakovich Festive Overture

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture*

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain

Dvorak Slavonic Dance

This music created quite a stir in its time, and continues to do so. Thrill to the sounds of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla, and many more exciting classics.

Tickets $36 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

London Drugs VSO Pops Series:

A Gershwin Celebration

Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Doug LaBreque, vocalist

Gershwin Funny Face Overture

Gershwin I Got Rhythm

Gershwin Embraceable You

Gershwin They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Gershwin An American in Paris

Gershwin Catfish Row

Gershwin Fascinatin’ Rhythm

Gershwin Our Love Is Here To Stay

Gershwin Swanee

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

The iconic, beloved music of George Gershwin needs no introduction. This spectacular concert is an all-Gershwin celebration that fills the Orpheum with some of the most memorable and enjoyable music ever written.

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: London Drugs

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Tiny Tots Series:

Let’s Have a Playdate!

Friday, May 22, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, May 23, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the music of Brahms. Hide and seek, bounce the ball and other favourite games set to the music of the classics.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Premier Education Partner:

TELUS

The VSO's Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher.

Spectra Energy Kids’ Koncerts Series:

How the Gimquat Found Her Song

Sunday, May 24, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Platypus Theatre, entertainers

Through the captivating tale of an imaginary creature in search of her identity, this program explores the history of western music from Gregorian chant to the present day. With stops in Leipzig (where the audience becomes Bach’s choir!), Vienna, Berlin and New Orleans among many more, Gimquat and the children discover the music of the ages.

Tickets $26 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy

Premier Education Partner: TELUS

The Kids’ Koncerts Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the William and Irene McEwen Fund.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series:

Melody and Power: Mozart and Prokofiev

Saturday & Monday, May 30 & June 1, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon: Overture, Op. 24

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, Jeunehomme

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

An early Mozart piano concerto is a rarely heard musical treat. This is followed up by the main course: the huge, exciting, passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

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