The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein, Shostakovich, Price, & Adams

When and Where Friday May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 8pm at 2022 | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Andrew Crust Featured performer Timothy Steeves – violin

Programme Bernstein’s Overture to Candide; Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2; John Adams’ The Chairman Dances; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9

Reviewer Michael Pink

Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves brought a melodious ambience to the evening performance. He has performed in North America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician at a diverse range of musical hallmarks including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Salzburger Festspiele as well as performing on BBC Radio, NPR, and Radio Canada. Full review



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Jane Coop plays Mozart

When & Where Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8pm & Saturday, April 9 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Nicolas Ellis Featured performers Jane Coop - piano, Krisztina Szabó – mezzo-soprano

Programme Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24; Ian Cusson’s Songs from the House of Death; Schumann’s Symphony No. 4

Reviewer Michael Pink

Coop has played at Bolshoi Hall, Kennedy Center, Roy Thompson Hall, La Salle Gaveau in Paris. Listening to Coop is comparable to a summer afternoon sitting in a favorite patio chair as the sun warms your face, the breeze touches your senses and the sounds of nature enchant. Her renditions are like a calming wave. Full review



Movie Nights with the VSO

Rocketman: Live in Concert

When & Where Friday and Saturday March 18 and 19, 2022 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Andrew Crust

Reviewer John Jane

Elton John has been an alcoholic, a cocaine addict, a sex addict, so there is plenty of sex and drugs with the film’s Rock n’ Roll. It’s Taron Egerton‘s vocals that replaces the original Elton John in an incredible over-the-top performance. He sings almost all the iconic songs and leaves nothing behind in his delivery. Of course, it’s the musical creations of Elton John and Bernie Taupin that is the real star. Starting with The Bitch Is Back, ending on I'm Still Standing, and in between we hear Pinball Wizard, Daniel, Your Song, Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the title song Rocketman. Full review



Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets Series: The French Touch

When & Where Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Andrew Crust Host Christopher Gaze

Program Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Satie’s Gymnopedies No. 1, 2 & 3 & Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major

Reviewer John Jane

The orchestra under the guidance of Maestro Andrew Crust provided an entertaining afternoon of wonderful music, beginning, appropriately, with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. The work was inspired by the composer’s visit to Scotland, where he was particularly impressed by Fingal’s Cave, known for its natural acoustics, on the island of Staffa. It begins and ends quietly with lilting strings, but quickly develops into a robust hummable melody. The orchestra’s treatment of the overture was exquisitely shaped, bringing out all the textures of the score.
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