Vancouver

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

  • 500-843 Seymour St
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 0G4
  • Phone: 604.876.3434

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents world-class performances of classical and popular music under the direction of conductor Bramwell Tovey. The 2017/2018 season brings together an extraordinarily diverse and rewarding collection of musical experiences, from classical soloists acclaimed worldwide for their prodigious talents, to children’s entertainers that inspire and educate, and cool, swinging Symphony Pops concerts that take you from Broadway to the Cotton Club! Founded in 1919, the VSO is Western Canada's largest performing arts organization and performs in Vancouver's historic Orpheum Theatre and in other Metro Vancouver venues. For tickets call Customer Service at 604-876-3434, or visit www.vancouversymphony.ca. For groups of 10 or more, call 604-684-9100 and ask for group sales.

September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20th 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver One of the most beloved and celebrated singers of our time, the great Renée Fleming graces the Orpheum stage to perform with the VSO for the first time in nearly a decade. Fleming will perform the extraordinary and profound song cycle of Richard Strauss, Four Last Songs, in a fitting kick-off to the VSO’s 100th Anniversary Season. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, September 21st & Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Maestro Otto Tausk makes his series debut as VSO Music Director, in a high-energy concert that features a number of Dutch connections: superstar pianist brothers, Arthur and Lucas Jussen; Dutch Canadian composer Edward Top; and Maestro Tausk himself. Not to mention one of the most exciting and captivating pieces of music ever written, the rarely performed complete version of Stravinsky’s Firebird. For tickets and more information… more

Friday, September 28th & Saturday, September 29th at 8:00pm & Sunday, September 30th at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver VSO Music Director Otto Tausk kicks off the Masterworks Diamond series with a concert that revolves around dance. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta complements Beethoven’s “dance” symphony, the gorgeous Symphony No. 7. And Bartók’s serene, lyrical Piano Concerto No. 3 will sing in the hands of dazzling French pianist Cedric Tiberghien, making his VSO debut. For tickets and more information please… more

October 4, 2018

Thursday, October 4th at 8:00pm Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey A celebration of Russian art and artists. This all-Russian concert features great conductor Rossen Milanov, celebrated cellist Yegor Dyachkov, and the passionate music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Shchedrin, including Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

October 5, 2018

Friday, October 5th at 6:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain. In 2017, the Mr. Milanov was recipient of an Arts Prize by The Columbus Foundation for presenting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of Symphony’s 2017 Picnic with the Pops summer series. For… more

October 6, 2018

Saturday, October 6th at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver A celebration of Russian art and artists. This all-Russian concert features great conductor Rossen Milanov, celebrated cellist Yegor Dyachkov, and the passionate music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Shchedrin, including Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

October 11, 2018

Thursday, October 11th 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright takes a solo turn with The Lark Ascending, in a concert that features the proud British classical music traditions of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Gustav Holst. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, October 12th & Saturday, October 13th at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Wake me up before you Go-Go! It’s time to go Back to the Future and re-discover The Power of Love in this totally awesome tribute to the ‘80s. Dig out your acid wash jeans and join the VSO to hear amazing arrangements of music by Robert Palmer, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Huey Lewis and the News, Tears for Fears, and even a couple of famous John Williams soundtracks. For tickets and more information please visit… more

October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14th at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Beloved children’s entertainer and master of all things wacky, Al Simmons celebrates his FIFTY Years of Musical Misadventures! For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th at 8pm Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver A favourite of Vancouver audiences, renowned violinist Karen Gomyo performs the rich, grand and lyrical Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms. Schumann’s beautiful ‘Spring’ Symphony and the gossamer music of Mendelssohn’s fairy tale The Fair Melusina round out this brilliant Classical opening to the Classical Traditions series at the Chan Centre. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, October 26th & Saturday, October 27th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Dynamic, passionate conductor Michał Nesterowicz presides over a program that showcases the orchestra in an epic symphony, and features the welcome return of renowned Canadian violinist Scott St. John, performing Korngold’s Romantic, cinematic Violin Concerto. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, November 2nd & Saturday, November 3rd at 8pm, Sunday, November 4th at 2pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Acclaimed conductor Xian Zhang marks her first VSO performances conducting Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, a work infused with beautiful Ukrainian folk songs, and giving the composer one of his earliest critical successes. Iconic Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs one of Mozart’s finest concertos – a concerto that perhaps should be called the “Starling” concerto, for the famous (and actually… more

Friday, November 9th & Saturday, November 10th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Maestro Tausk and the orchestra present the VSO’s very first performances of Dvořák’s epic cantata, Stabat Mater, a beautiful, complex, emotional work, perfectly suited as prelude to this most important of Remembrance Days. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 17, 2018

Saturday, November 17th at 2pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Experience the original musical film like never before with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land™ tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday… more

November 22, 2018

Thursday, November 22nd at 2pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Spend an afternoon dreaming of sultry Spanish nights, with the passionate, Spanish-themed music of Bizet, De Falla, Chabrier, Rimsky-Korsakov, and more. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, November 23rd & Saturday, November 24th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Hooray for Hollywood! An endless source of great creativity and great music, Hollywood movies have pro-duced some of the most memorable musical moments of them all. Re-live Hollywood’s glory past and present, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast and music from Frozen, selections from The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, La La Land, and much more. For tickets and more… more

November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25th at 2pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Hooray for Hollywood! An endless source of great creativity and great music, Hollywood movies have pro-duced some of the most memorable musical moments of them all. Re-live Hollywood’s glory past and present, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast and music from Frozen, selections from The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, La La Land, and much more. For tickets and more information please visit… more

November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29th at 8pm Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver Maestro Tausk’s first Musically Speaking concert as Music Director kicks off in a unique way, with a focus entirely on the VSO’s brilliant brass section in two sacred works by the Baroque composer Gabrielli. Magnificent violinist Baiba Skride then takes the stage for Gubaidulina’s mesmerizing Violin Concerto, before the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s fateful final symphony. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 30, 2018

Friday, November 30th at 8pm Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey BC Maestro Tausk’s first Musically Speaking concert as Music Director kicks off in a unique way, with a focus entirely on the VSO’s brilliant brass section in two sacred works by the Baroque composer Gabrielli. Magnificent violinist Baiba Skride then takes the stage for Gubaidulina’s mesmerizing Violin Concerto, before the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s fateful final symphony. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

December 1, 2018

Saturday, December 1st at 8pm Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey BC Maestro Tausk’s first Musically Speaking concert as Music Director kicks off in a unique way, with a focus entirely on the VSO’s brilliant brass section in two sacred works by the Baroque composer Gabrielli. Magnificent violinist Baiba Skride then takes the stage for Gubaidulina’s mesmerizing Violin Concerto, before the concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s fateful final symphony. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Thursday, December 6th & Saturday, December 8th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC Yefim Bronfman, one of the greatest pianists of our time, makes his welcome return to the Orpheum stage to perform the monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 of Johannes Brahms, in a concert that also features one of Richard Strauss’s great tone poems, Don Juan. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

The Lower Mainland’s most beloved Holiday music tradition, the VSO’s Traditional Christmas concerts, feature heartwarming music associated with Christmas, carols, and plenty of audience sing-alongs. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

December 12, 2018

Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30pm South Delta Baptist Church, Delta BC The Lower Mainland’s most beloved Holiday music tradition, the VSO’s Traditional Christmas concerts, feature heartwarming music associated with Christmas, carols, and plenty of audience sing-alongs. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

December 13, 2018

Thursday, December 13th at 4:00pm & 7:30pm Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver The Lower Mainland’s most beloved Holiday music tradition, the VSO’s Traditional Christmas concerts, feature heartwarming music associated with Christmas, carols, and plenty of audience sing-alongs. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Hailed as one of the most significant artists of his generation, young American violinist Benjamin Beilman makes his VSO debut leading a performance of Vivaldi’s timeless classic, The Four Seasons, in an enduring VSO Holiday Season tradition. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 1st at 2:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year. Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with The Strauss Symphony of Canada featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping. A Vancouver tradition for 23 years, experience Salute to… more

January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9th at 8:00pm Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey Celebrate the VSO’s 100th Anniversary in a concert that features the very first piece ever performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture – and celebrated works important in the VSO’s history. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 10, 2019

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Celebrate the VSO’s 100 th Anniversary in a concert that features the very first piece ever performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture – and celebrated works important in the VSO’s history. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, January 11th & Saturday, January 12th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver One of the all-time greats, Benny Goodman’s influence on jazz, swing, big band, and popular music was unsurpassed. Dave Bennett and his quartet perform a loving and authentic tribute to The King of Swing, in a fantastic concert that features all of Goodman’s hits, including the time-less classics Moonglow, I’ve Got Rhythm, Slipped Disc, and of course, Sing Sing Sing. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13th 2019 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver One of the most famous of Canadian stories, author Roch Carrier’s short story The Hockey Sweater, set to music by Abigail Richardson , revolves around a childhood memory growing up in Québec: In the heart of Montréal Canadiens territory, a young boy is given, to his horror, a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. In answering the question "how can I face my friends?" valuable life lessons are learned. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 18, 2019

Friday, January 18th at 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 19, 2019

Saturday, January 19th at 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 19, 2019

Saturday, January 19th at 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 23, 2019

Wednesday, January 23rd at 8:00pm The legend returns. Simply put, Itzhak Perlman is one of history’s greatest musicians, and we are fortunate to have him return to the VSO stage to perform Mendelssohn’s Romantic Violin Concerto, “the heart’s jewel” of violin concertos, with Maestro Otto Tausk . Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 23, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The legend returns. Simply put, Itzhak Perlman is one of history's greatest musicians, and we are fortunate to have him return to the VSO stage to perform Mendelssohn 's Romantic Violin Concerto , "the heart's jewel" of violin concertos, with Maestro Otto Tausk. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 26, 2019

Saturday, January 26th at 8:00pm To help celebrate the VSO’s 100 th Anniversary , the VSO and Maestro Otto Tausk present a very special DAY OF MUSIC, involving the VSO , the Vancouver Youth Symphony , and musical organizations and groups from throughout Vancouver, in a day of FREE musical activities at the Orpheum, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Playhouse, Annex, and VSO School of Music’s Pyatt Hall. Day of Music takes place on the VSO’s 100 th birthday, celebrating the very first concert given by the Vancouver Symphony… more

Thursday, February 7th & Saturday, February 9th One of the most poetic and lyrical pianists of his generation, Andrew Von Oeyen tackles Grieg’s much-loved Piano Concerto, in a concert that also features one of Dvorak’s greatest works, and the famous melodies of The Moldau – all under the direction of conductor Brett Mitchell , making his VSO debut. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, February 1st & Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Maestro Bramwell Tovey makes his return as VSO Music Director Emeritus after eighteen extraordinary years as the longest-serving Music Director in the VSO’s century-long history. Maestro Tovey conducts a piece by the very first composer he commissioned as Music Director, featuring the VSO’s former Principal Cello Ariel Barnes. This concert also features the towering sonic architecture of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6. For tickets and more… more

February 8, 2019

Friday, February 8th at 6:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, February 15th & Saturday, February 16th at 8pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC Praised worldwide for his exceptional virtuosity, poetic playing, and intellectual depth, Chad Hoopes is a young violinist well on his way to the very top of his profession. He performs Dvořák’s masterpiece Violin Concerto, in a concert that also features one of the greatest symphonies ever written, the Fourth Symphony of Johannes Brahms . For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Thursday, February 21st, Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd Extraordinary violinist Henning Kraggerud leads from the violin in a program that includes one of Bach’s brilliant concertos for violin and orchestra, as well as a new arrangement of Bach’s watershed Goldberg Variations. For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd 2019 Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver VSO Music Director Otto Tausk presents a unique and fascinating concert perfectly suited to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Mozart was arguably history’s greatest composer, and hearing his final three symphonies performed together in one concert is a transcendent musical experience and a unique insight into one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has ever known. For tickets and more information please visit… more

Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd 2019 Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver VSO Music Director Otto Tausk presents a unique and fascinating concert perfectly suited to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Mozart was arguably history’s greatest composer, and hearing his final three symphonies performed together in one concert is a transcendent musical experience and a unique insight into one of the greatest creative geniuses the world has ever known. For tickets and more information please visit… more

Thursday, March 28th at 8pm (Bell Performing Arts Centre) & Saturday, March 30th at 8pm (Orpheum Theatre) Former VSO Associate Conductor Tania Miller makes her welcome return, conducting a major Mozart symphony, and Schumann’s great Classical sym-phony, Symphony No. 2. Hailed as “the soul of the guitar,” Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become known as the great guitarist of his generation. He plays the most famous and beloved classical work for guitar, Rodrigo’s rich, evocative, beautiful Concierto de… more