Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: A Spanish Rhapsody

  • Times: Saturday and Monday at 8:00PM
  • Location: Orpheum Theatre
  • Address:
  • 800 Block Granville Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm

Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

Maestro Jun Märkl conducts a concert of brilliant, full-blooded Spanish classics by French composer Maurice Ravel and Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Internationally-renowned Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter performs Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a series of "symphonic impressions" – as de Falla himself described them – for piano and orchestra.

Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole was one of his first major orchestral works, and has been praised for its fresh orchestration and evocative colours, reflecting Ravel's own Spanish heritage. The concert climaxes with Ravel's sensuous ode to musical absurdity, the wildly-popular Boléro. Described by the composer as "a piece for orchestra without music" Bolero through the years has exerted an unshakable hold on the imagination of countless concertgoers. An exercise in crescendo, Bolero teases and feints, offering one unfulfilled crescendo after another while constantly building toward the final shattering climax.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: A Spanish Rhapsody
800 Block Granville Street