with Chor Leoni

When and Where December 17, 2021 at 8pm; December 18, 2021 at 2pm, 5pm & 8pm; December 20, 2021 at 4:30pm & 8pm | St. Andrew-Wesley’s United, 1022 Nelson St.

Artistic Director Erick Lichte Featured performers Cameron Wilson - violin, Keith Sinclair - guitar, Tina Chang and Karen Lee-Morlang - piano

Reviewer Christian Steckler

The program for their 75-minute performance included several well-known carols, and some less familiar songs. Lichte’s arrangement of O Come, O Come Emmanuel opened the concert with an ephemeral rendering in angelic tones, setting a tranquil peace upon the venue. Song after song, the gentlemen drew well-deserved applause for their versatility, harmony, and amazing ability to set a tone, be it playful, gentle, loving, or worshipful. Full review


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Back to the Future In Concert

When & Where Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7pm & Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2pm | The Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Andrew Crust

Reviewer John Jane

Alan Silvestri's thrilling score provides the linchpin for what is considered one of the best soundtracks for a non-musical film. The storyline pivots between the mid-fifties and the mid-eighties, so the music has to reflect both periods. Played end-to-end Silvestri's original score is around forty-five minutes long. Maestro Andrew Crust includes additional music to the performance that was not actually in the film – perhaps borrowed from the two sequels. Full review


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
We're Back Gala Concert

Dates and Venue September 18, 2021 at 8pm & September 19, 2021 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk

Program Dinuk Wijeratne'sYatra, Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique: Un Bal, Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs, Barbara Assiginaak's Innenohr, Dvorák's Slavonic Dances Op.72 No.2 & 7, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

Reviewer John Jane

From the opening bars of Beethoven’s showpiece overture, one senses that this work is one that befits a grand occasion that happens just once in a while. Of course, as Maestro Tausk mentioned, the musicians haven’t been idle – they just haven’t been there (on the Orpheum stage. So, predictably, the orchestra showed no sign of rustiness and the audience was thrilled to be back in concert hall seats. Full review