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 2016/2017 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.

October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 8:00pm Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver Celebrated Canadian pianist Angela Cheng makes her welcome return to the VSO, performing Ravel 's G Major Piano Concerto , a work heavily influenced by the driving rhythms of the Paris jazz scene of the 1920s. Dvořák 's Symphony… more

Saturday, October 28 and Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:00pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver A prolific recording artist and champion of new works for percussion and orchestra, Dame Evelyn Glennie performs American composer Jennifer Higdon 's fascinating Percussion… more

Saturday, November 4 and Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Elgar 's massive but deeply personal work, based on a Victorian poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, follows a devout, dying Everyman character ("Gerontius" is a name derived from "Old Man") on a journey through… more

November 11, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition , and he performs Bruch 's Scottish Fantasy , an evocative work based on Scottish folk melodies. This concert also… more

November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00pm Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, Surrey Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition , and he performs Bruch 's Scottish Fantasy , an evocative work based on Scottish folk melodies. This… more

November 18, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18 2017 at 7:00pm Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams ' most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an… more

Saturday, November 25 and Monday, November 27, 2017 at 8:00pm Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a Vancouver favourite, and he brings a combination of power and grace to the piano that few can match. Douglas performs Rachmaninoff 's… more

November 30, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver There's nothing quite like a good musical March! Get ready to clap and feel the goosebumps with famous marches like the Dam Buster March , Coronation March , the Triumphal March from Aïda , Pomp & Circumstance March , the Rakoczy… more

Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver One of North America's most in-demand Pops conductor/arrangers Jeff Tyzik turns back the clock to the classic days of Broadway, with the VSO. You'll hear music by some of the all-time greats of musical theatre… more

December 4, 2017

Monday December 4, 2017 8:00 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince invites audiences to experience the musical legend like never before. Featuring a powerhouse band and the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra , it includes many of Prince's greatest hits: Let's Go… more

December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Canada's beloved pop diva Jann Arden brings her sensational voice and warm, witty personality to this Holiday-season extravaganza! Featured tunes include such timeless numbers as Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, It's… more

Friday, December 8, 2017 - Sunday, December 17, 2017 Various Locations in the lower mainland Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lower Mainland's most beloved Christmas music tradition. Kick off your Holiday season on the perfect note, with the VSO Traditional Christmas concerts. For tickets and… more

December 15, 2017 - December 16, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017 - Sunday, December 16, 2017 at 8:00pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC, Vancouver The VSO's traditional presentation of Vivaldi 's timeless classic, The Four Seasons . Philippe Quint , one of the most lyrical, elegant, and poetic violinists in the world today, will… more

January 1, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018 at 2:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver More celebratory and sophisticated than a glass of fine champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2018 with this elegant concert—a Vancouver tradition for 22 years. This New Year's Day… more

January 4, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Celebrate the beauty of Baroque, with music by Johannes Sebastian Bach , Jeremiah Clarke 's Trumpet Voluntary , Gabrieli 's Sonata Pian'e Forte , Handel 's Water Music , and Pachelbel 's Canon . Tea and Cookies are served in the lobby… more

Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Called "two parts Frank Sinatra and one part Billy Joel," crooner and pianist Tony DeSare takes on the legend of Ol' Blue Eyes himself. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to headlining with major symphony orchestras… more

January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver This concert features Mozart's young son, Karl, who longs to be taken from his boarding school to spend more time with his famous father. An old travelling trunk serves as a magic chest that reveals an incredible journey back in time to… more

Saturday, January 13 and Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:00pm Sunday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that… more

January 27, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouve r Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts an exciting concert that features the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage with the VSO to perform the incredible Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz , and VSO Principal Oboe (and Music… more

January 29, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8:00pm Centennial Theatre, North Vancouve r Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts an exciting concert that features the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra on stage with the VSO to perform the incredible Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz , and VSO Principal Oboe (and Music… more

January 31, 2018

Wednesday January 31, 2018 8:00 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles , but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally… more

Saturday, February 3 and Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The complex beauty of VSO Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock 's Earthfall kicks off a concert that also features exceptional French violinist Alexandra Soumm 's take on French composer Edouard Lalo 's Symphonie… more

February 8, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Explore popular legends and fairy tales through music, with music from Mendelssohn 's Midsummer Night's Dream , Humperdinck' s Hansel & Gretel , Offenbach 's Tales of Hoffman , Ravel 's Mother Goose Suite , and Rossini 's La… more

Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Love and Romance are front and centre in the beautiful Orpheum theatre, as conductor William Rowson and the VSO perform music that will get you in the mood for Valentine's. Joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu … more

February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver In a fresh take on a well-loved classic, Peter is a dreamer who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers and an actor, colourful sets and incredible masks make for a… more

February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018 and Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00pm Chen Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, Vancouver British pianist Stephen Hough , Renaissance man, polymath, and one of the most important pianists of his generation, performs Beethoven 's stormy and Romantic Piano Concerto No. more

February 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver An eclectic concert is highlighted by one of the world's top instrumentalists, Daniel Müller-Schott , performing Elgar 's sumptuous, beautiful Cello Concerto . Golijov 's hypnotic and enchanting Night of the Flying Horses makes its VSO… more

February 26, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:00pm Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, Surrey An eclectic concert is highlighted by one of the world's top instrumentalists, Daniel Müller-Schott , performing Elgar 's sumptuous, beautiful Cello Concerto . Golijov 's hypnotic and enchanting Night of the Flying… more

Saturday, March 3 and Monday, March 5, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Pianist David Fray was named BBC Music Magazine's Newcomer of the Year in 2008, and has been on the path to stardom ever since. Known for his lyrical, expansive and sometimes playful performances, Fray will play… more

March 9, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Friday March 9 - Saturday Mrach 10, 2018 7:00 PM Sunday March 11, 2018 2:00 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Vancouver Symphony… more

April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The magical, musical world of dance is centre stage, with the talented dancers of Goh Ballet , and music by Dvořák , Lehar 's Gold & Silver Waltz , excerpts from Tchaikovsky 's Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker , and Hungarian Dances… more

Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. The Doo Wop Project is… more

April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Three meddlesome spirits - Music, Noise and Silence - invade the symphony hall. The concert seems doomed as Silence and Noise attempt to seize control of the orchestra. Only with the help of the audience, and Music, will the conductor be… more

April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 and Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00pm Chen Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, Vancouver The youngest-ever prize winner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Esther Yoo performs the extraordinary Violin Concerto by that competition's namesake, on… more

April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00pm Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, Surrey The youngest-ever prize winner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Esther Yoo performs the extraordinary Violin Concerto by that competition's namesake, on the 1704 "Prince Obolensky" Stradivarius… more

April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00pm Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Billboard chart-topping piano duo Anderson & Roe tackle Mozart ’s magnificent Concerto for two pianos , in a concert that also includes the thrilling Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams , and… more

April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver If you like Champagne with your French Fries, you'll love The Hot Sardines and their electrifying performances of vintage jazz! Today's foremost champions of classic jazz, The Hot Sardines also happen to be one of the best jazz bands on… more

Saturday, April 28 and Monday, April 30, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Sarah Chang is one of the most dynamic and scintillating performers in the classical world today. She performs the popular Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 , her recording of which was named to Gramophon magazine's list of… more

May 2, 2018

Wednesday May 2, 2018 8:00 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver ABBA is back! International sensation Arrival from Sweden is the world's top ABBA tribute band, playing to sold-out houses everywhere they go. Arrival from Sweden is the only band with exclusive rights to the ABBA name, costumes, and original… more

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… more

May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00pm Chen Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, Vancouver Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the VSO debut of Bruckner 's final symphonic epic, left unfinished at the time of his death. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions… more

May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:00pm Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, Surrey Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the VSO debut of Bruckner 's final symphonic epic, left unfinished at the time of his death. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen is one of the most… more

May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Take a trip to Royal Albert Hall and the BBC Promenades with Maestro Bramwell Tovey , in a concert based on The Last Night of the Prom s, including beloved favourites such as Elgar 's Enigma Variations, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem , and more. more

May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2017 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Take a trip to Royal Albert Hall and the BBC Promenades with Maestro Bramwell Tovey , in a concert based on The Last Night of the Prom s, including beloved favourites such as Elgar 's Enigma Variations, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem , and more. more

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The British Invasion of the 1960s brought something special to North America, and transformed Rock ‘n Roll and popular music forever with legendary bands like The Beatles , The Rolling Stones , The Who , and Queen , and… more

May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Maestro Bramwell Tovey takes his final turn as Inspector Tovey , investigating the power of live symphonic music and its ability to inspire, entertain, educate, and bring people together in harmony. For tickets and more information please… more

May 31, 2018

Thursday May 31, 2018 8:00 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Join the VSO , Maestro Bramwell Tovey , and an all-star roster of guests for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Maestro Tovey's unprecedented 18-year tenure as VSO Music Director . Joined by three former Assistant Conductors and the VSO's… more

June 2, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The Musically Speaking series finale is highlighted by the World Première of Bramwell Tovey 's own Shalimar Variations for Piano and Orchestra , based on The Kashmiri Song , made famous by Deanna Durban in the wartime movie, Hers to Hold . more

June 4, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The Musically Speaking series finale is highlighted by the World Première of Bramwell Tovey 's own Shalimar Variations for Piano and Orchestra , based on The Kashmiri Song , made famous by Deanna Durban in the wartime movie, Hers to Hold . more

Saturday, June 9 and Monday, June 11, 2018 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Peter Grimes is Benjamin Britten 's great triumph – a tragic opera and a masterpiece of musical theatre that reaches heights rarely attained in twentieth century opera. A powerful, dramatic story of fate and the… more

Saturday, June 16 and Monday, June 18, 2018 at 8:00pm Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver The final concert of Maestro Bramwell Tovey's tenure as VSO Music Director features a world premiere commission by Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock , and Mahler 's epic, stunning… more

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