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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The VSO’s May Concert Listing Featuring Carmina Burana, young piano sensation Joyce Yang, Mozart, Mahler, and more

Vancouver, BC – May bursts in with a bang at the VSO with Carl Orff’s epic choral work Carmina Burana. Joining VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Tokyo Academy Chorus (Maestro Akiyama, Music Director) for these performances are three esteemed soloists well-known and loved by Vancouver audiences: world-renowned Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl, acclaimed Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell , and celebrated baritone James Westman.Saturday, May 3 and Monday, May 58pm, Orpheum Theatre.

YangJoyce04.jpgHot on the heels of Carmina Burana, one of the world’s fastest rising and youthful piano sensations, Joyce Yang makes her much anticipated return to the VSO stage.  Hailed as having “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice) Joyce Yang’s star is quickly rising.  In an all-American concert featuring some of the most famous music by Aaron Copland,George Gershwin, and Samuel Barber, Yang will brilliantly tackle one of the most colourful piano pieces for the modern stage, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”.  VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducts.  Saturday, May 10, 8pm;Sunday, May 11, 2pmMonday, May 12, 8pm: Orpheum Theatre.

Bard on the Beach’s Christopher Gaze and VSO Assistant Conductor Gordon Gerrard team up once again for the last of VSO’s ever-popular Tea & Trumpets concert of the season.  To end this series with charisma (and of course a large dose of Gaze’s signature wit and humour!) the music of the always popular W.A. Mozart ends this series on a high note, and is sure to leave you humming his most famous melodies all the way until next season.  Thursday May 11, 2pm; Orpheum Theatre.


The VSO’s popular Pops series punctuates the middle of the month at the Orpheum Theatre.  TheVSO’s Pops conductor, Jeff Tyzik, returns with prolific recording artist Chris Stigers and his signature blend of vocal and saxophone talents in Let’s Fall in Love: A Romantic Evening of Classic and Modern Love Songs.  Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 178pm, Orpheum Theatre.

The VSO’s Tiny Tots and Kids’ Koncerts celebrate their season finales in May as well.  The endearing Lisa & Linda return to the Tiny Tots stage with Let Your Music Shine! With their wildly-popular ability to educate as well as entertain, Lisa & Linda’s family themed shows are a hit with parents and children alike!  Friday, May 16 10am and 11:30am; Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. Saturday, May 17, 10am and 11:30am; Terry Fox Theatre.

EnchantmentTheatreCompany01.jpgAnd to further entertain your wee ones, the Enchantment Theatre Company brings their imaginative and visually captivating Mother Goose show to the VSO’s stage with the full orchestra and conductor Gordon Gerrard.  This visually and musically enriching show will have your children falling in love with a story that you knew so well as a child.  Sunday, May 18, 2pm; Orpheum Theatre.

A crowning achievement in VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey’s career climaxes towards the end of the month with the completion of his Mahler Cycle. With the completion of this cycle, Maestro Tovey will have conducted the entire nine symphonies of Romantic-era composer Gustav Mahler’scatalogue with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  An event 13 seasons in the making, concerts of this magnitude are particularly rare as not only it is exceptional for a conductor to have the breadth of a career to be able to conduct all nine symphonies, it is even more extraordinary for a conductor to be able to conduct them all with the same orchestra.  Join Maestro Tovey as he leads the musicians and audience alike through Mahler’s epic and riveting Symphony No. 9.  This monumental work for orchestra speaks profoundly of a deep love of nature and the earth, and the legendary late-conductorHerbert von Karajan described it as “... music coming from another world, it is coming from eternity.”  Join the VSO as history is made on the Orpheum stage. Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26;8pm Orpheum Theatre.

Closing out a spectacular month of music-making, the VSO welcomes one of Canada’s preeminent orchestra leaders and horn players, James Sommerville.  With an eclectic offering of music spanning the last 400 years, Sommerville brilliantly leads the VSO through well-known and well-loved works byG.F. Handel (two suites from his Water Music), W.A. Mozart (Horn Concerto No. 3), Maurice Ravel(Mother Goose Suite), as well as a concerto for Horn written specifically for Sommerville by Canadian composer Omar Daniel.  In a concert offering new sounds and familiar melodies, it is sure to be an intimate concert experience for the veteran and seasoned concertgoer alike. Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 318pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.  Monday, June 28pm, Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver. www.vancouversymphony.ca

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