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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.

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October 25, 2019 - October 26, 2019

“A seamless cantabile and sonic glow that constantly beguile the senses.” — BBC Music Magazine You haven’t heard oboe till you’ve heard Albrecht Mayer, principal of the Berlin Philharmonic. He leads this delightful concert as both soloist and conductor. Prepare to rediscover the oboe in some wonderful classical repertoire. THE PRESENTATION OF THIS SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE, IN PART, THROUGH THE GENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF THE CHAN ENDOWMENT FUND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. Friday, October 25th & Saturday… more

October 30, 2019

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia presents Indigenous playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal’s acclaimed solo work Huff, on October 30, 2019, at 12pm and 7:30pm, part of the Beyond Words series in the Telus Studio Theatre. “Arresting, confronting, and oddly comedic” (The AU Review), Huff centres on three brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse, struggling to cope with the death of their mother. A fantastical yet devastatingly direct performance that “will take your… more

October 30, 2019

A concert that will make you want to take a turn on the dance floor with all the great waltzes from the likes of Strauss, Lehár and Mozart. Wednesday, October 30th 2019 at 8:00pm Centennial Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

October 31, 2019

A concert that will make you want to take a turn on the dance floor with all the great waltzes from the likes of Strauss, Lehár and Mozart. Thursday, October 31st 2019 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019

“The most famous Hollywood movie of all time” gets the orchestral treatment with the VSO performing Max Steiner’s fantastic score live while the movie plays on the big screen above. Watch Bogart and Bergman in their tragic love tale deliver some of the most iconic movie quotes of all time. Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd 2019 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 3, 2019

The future of Earth Music hangs in the balance! Two aliens have descended on the concert hall with their own ideas—and inventions — for influencing “Earth Music.” The resulting program brings important musical concepts to life in a sci-fi thriller featuring an outstanding program of North American composers and music. Sunday, November 3rd 2019 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 6, 2019

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montréal-raised singer songwriter joins the VSO for a night of song, featuring his greatest hits alongside fresh new gems. Wednesday, November 6th 2019 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 9, 2019

World-renowned composer/conductor Tan Dun has had the honour of composing the music for three martial arts films by world critically acclaimed directors: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhang Yimou (Hero), and Feng Xiaogang (The Banquet). Combining the ancient tradition of Chinese martial arts philosophy and visual arts, the films were all received with high praise worldwide. Saturday, November 9th 2019 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019

“...extrovert and red-blooded… a rich drama of dynamic contrasts.” — Gramophone Ton Koopman, one of the most sought after keyboardists, conductors and Bach interpreters in the world, comes to Vancouver to deliver a veritable masterclass in the baroque with Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos and the famous “Air on the G string” from Orchestral Suite No. 3. THE PRESENTATION OF THIS SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE, IN PART, THROUGH THE GENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF THE CHAN ENDOWMENT FUND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. Friday… more

November 19, 2019

In The Polar Express in Concert, experience the musical magic of Christmas Eve through Alan Silvestri’s unforgettable score and be immersed as The Polar Express adventures up and down mountains, slip-slides over ice fields, and teeters across mile-high bridges. Embark on this musical journey to the North Pole while watching the iconic film about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. The wonder of life never fades for those who believe. You’re on The Polar Express! Tuesday, November 19th 2019 at 7:00pm… more

November 22, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Dutch conductor Otto Tausk is the incoming Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2018/2019, where the arrival of his infectiously energetic talent is keenly anticipated. He also serves as Artistic Advisor of the VSO School of Music. Until spring 2018, Tausk was Music Director of the Opera Theatre and Tonhalle orchestra St Gallen, Switzerland. He appears as a guest conductor with such orchestras as Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica… more

November 28, 2019

Get a jump on the weekend with the new series VSO AFTERWORK. Join us for happy hour in the Orpheum at 5:30, a short format, no intermission concert hosted and introduced by the conductor in a casual atmosphere at 6:30, and then a mix and mingle with VSO musicians after the performance. You’ll still have time for dinner after the show! Sibelius 5 — what more can we say than horns, horns, horns! You will leave the concert hall humming one of the simplest yet greatest themes ever created for orchestra. Thursday, November… more

November 29, 2019 - November 30, 2019

“...unbridled orchestral ecstasy...” — Classic FM on Sibelius Sibelius 5 — what more can we say than horns, horns, horns! You will leave the concert hall humming one of the simplest yet greatest themes ever created for orchestra. Plus, hometown superstar cellist Gary Hoffman, originally from Vancouver, provides a definitive interpretation of the Elgar concerto. Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th 2019 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019

“...a unique ability to evoke the most passionate emotions at even the most moderate tempi, allowing the music to naturally seep right under your skin.” — Online Musik Magazine on Trinks Constantin Trinks won many fans on his previous visits to Vancouver. His deft phrasing and attention to detail will let the drama of this program shine. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is a European Christmas classic. Paired with Tchaikovsky’s splendid 5th Symphony, this will certainly be a festive treat. The Surrey Nights Series is… more

December 7, 2019

Danny began his stand up career in 1998. A year later he won The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, the biggest national competition in the UK for new comics. In 2001, Danny debuted his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to audience enrapture and critical acclaim. Since then, he has continued to build on his stand up success in the UK, with 11 return visits to the Edinburgh Fringe and 7 UK tours. In addition, Danny has been involved in numerous benefits and fundraising ventures. In 2014, his solo show at the Fringe… more

December 11, 2019

It’s been a very long time since Holly Cole and her wonderful band have graced the stage of the prestigious Orpheum Theatre accompanied by the magnificent Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Together they will present Holly’s wonderfully eclectic mix of Holiday material and fan favourites. In fact, it’s been 13 years if you can believe – and for many, the Holidays have not been the same since Ms. Cole’s last performance. It is with great excitement and anticipation that Ms. Cole and her band return! Wednesday, December… more

December 19, 2019

A hint of Christmas is in the air with excerpts from seasonal works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glazunov and others. Thursday, December 19th 2019 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

December 20, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Let Federico Maria Sardelli, a unique musical personality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Vivaldi, take you back in time to hear the Venetian master in a whole new light. Friday, December 20th & Saturday, December 21st 2019 at 8:00pm Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

December 22, 2019

The VSO Holiday tradition returns with singing, storytelling, and plenty of holiday cheer. Join host Christopher Gaze and a multitude of special guests for this festive favourite. Sunday, December 22nd 2019 at 4:30pm & 7:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 1, 2020

Celebrate with this spectacular recreation of Vienna’s world-famous New Year’s Concert, performed by a brilliant cast of European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet and the Strauss Symphony of Canada featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! A 24-year tradition in Vancouver, let the Blue Danube waltz whisk you and your family and friends into a triumphant New Year. Wednesday, January 1st 2020 at 2:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 17, 2020 - January 18, 2020

Juno-winning Chilliwack native Bria Skonberg is the real deal. From Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan, this rising star multi-award winning vocalist and trumpeter puts her spin on classic American music earning her accolades far and wide. With a voice compared to Anita O’Day and trumpet chops reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, New York-based Skonberg brings her energy and fantastic music to the VSO for two nights only. Friday, January 17th & Saturday, January 18th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and… more

January 24, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Audience-favourite Maestro Jun Märkl returns with a program tracing the evolution of the French sound: lush and masterful orchestration, cyclical forms, and great thematic cohesion. Young Hungarian cellist István Várdai brings his famed “Du Pré-Harrell” Stradivarius, built in 1673, to tackle Saint-Saëns’ beloved Concerto No. 1. Friday, January 24th - Sunday, January 26th 2020 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

January 30, 2020

Get a jump on the weekend with the new series VSO AFTERWORK. Join us for happy hour in the Orpheum at 5:30, a short format, no intermission concert hosted and introduced by the conductor in a casual atmosphere at 6:30, and then a mix and mingle with VSO musicians after the performance. You’ll still have time for dinner after the show! Bruckner’s 4th and most popular Romantic symphony creates an almost Wagnerian world of delicate birdsong, medieval towns, and mounted knights bursting out into nature. David Gordon Duke… more

January 31, 2020 - February 1, 2020

Gidon Kremer’s legendary combination of dazzling technique and painstaking musical insight will show us the brilliance of Schumann’s subtle and intimate Cello Concerto in this transcription for violin. Bruckner’s 4th and most popular Romantic symphony creates an almost Wagnerian world of delicate birdsong, medieval towns, and mounted knights bursting out into nature. David Gordon Duke describes Canadian composer/ conductor Samy Moussa as “a twentyfirst century Wagner.” You are about to discover why in this work that… more

February 13, 2020

This is it — every Beatles fan’s dream — Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band live, with full band and orchestra, performed exactly as it was originally recorded. The album changed the path of music, bridging pop and high-art, mixing band with symphony, and became the first Rock LP to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. Hear the complete album live the way it was meant to be, with the original symphonic treatment. P.S. This will make the perfect Valentine’s date! Thursday, February 13th 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre… more

February 13, 2020

Warm up with Chabrier, de Falla, Verdi and more southerners in this concert brimming with Spanish heat. ¡Olé! Thursday, February 13th 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

February 22, 2020

Come aboard for a voyage of discovery as Chor Leoni and Montreal's renowned early music collective La Nef unite to sing a program of hearty sea shanties, haunting laments, and rollicking songs of the sea. Collected from the age of great sailing ships and shared as oral tradition, these old songs with roots from America, Ireland, and the Caribbean will come alive on the Chan stage with players from Early Music Vancouver, La Nef and the voices of Chor Leoni. Saturday February 22, 2020 | 7:30pm Chan Centre for the… more

February 22, 2020

Forty years ago, Maria Callas shrugged off the earthly bonds of temporal life, leaving a bereft world longing for her presence, her performances, her voice. Now she returns to the stage, in all her grandeur, confirming her immortality to stunned audiences. Introducing Callas in Concert, a triumphant event that brings the beloved La Divina to the stage via hologram, singing to the accompaniment of the full VSO. As this unprecedented performance unfolds, you will surrender all notions of what is real and get lost in the… more

March 7, 2020

As accolades pile up around the world, Alina Ibragimova continues to humbly and steadfastly go about her craft making music immediate and accessible. Hear her VSO debut in Shostakovich’s riveting first Violin Concerto. Plus, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with Tausk and the VSO. What could be better? Saturday, March 7th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

March 11, 2020

An exploration of the senses with the fantastic Dame Evelyn Glennie, in a special seating arrangement that lets you listen from within the orchestra. Wednesday, March 11th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

March 12, 2020

Film Documentary: In the summer of 2011 Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed all nine Beethoven symphonies in China and South Korea for the first time. The BBC joined the tour. Thursday, March 12th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

March 13, 2020

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. The Pastorale is Beethoven’s portrait of nature. The first bars of the 4th Piano Concerto take one’s breath away. Enjoy the second half of the “remarkable” night the following evening, March 14th, with a BeethovenFest… more

March 14, 2020

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. This is part two – enjoy the both halves of the “remarkable” night with a BeethovenFest pass. Saturday, March 14th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

March 15, 2020

December 22, 1808 has been called the “most remarkable” night of Beethoven’s career. An astounding four-hour concert saw the premières of both the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy and his Piano Concerto No. 4 along with an improvised piano fantasy — Beethoven conducting and playing all of it. The Pastorale is Beethoven’s portrait of nature. Sunday, March 15th 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020

In 1802 Beethoven was overcome with depression as the irreversible nature of his deafness became undeniable. He wrote a “testament” to this fact, ending it with the insinuation he would end his life. Myth has it he then arose from his desk and launched into creating the passion and triumph of the Eroica Symphony. Brett Dean, conductor and violist, leads from the music stand both his own work, inspired by Beethoven’s testament, and the great 3rd Symphony. THE PRESENTATION OF THIS SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE, IN PART, THROUGH… more

March 26, 2020

The Big Apple, known for it’s teeming cityscape, was the inspiration for many great artists. We spend time with Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland to get a New York state of mind. Thursday, March 26th 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

March 27, 2020 - March 28, 2020

With a polished international reputation and with over a million CDs sold worldwide, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique — the skill, range and ability of world-class tenors, combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers. The Celtic Tenors will perform classical arias, a capellas, hauntingly beautiful Celtic harmonies, and popular contemporary songs. Friday, March 27th & Saturday, March 28th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

March 29, 2020

Magic, music and wonder abound as two friends find themselves in a junkyard one night and explore hidden sounds that live all around them. A saw plays a duet with a cello. Bottles and flutes interweave in a beautiful serenade. Pots, bowls, horns and even sandpaper transform into instruments as the pair waltz and play among the discarded treasure. Rhythm in Your Rubbish is a commission of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Sunday, March 29th 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information… more

April 3, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Prolific composer and pianist Joe Hisaishi is the musical mastermind behind the score of numerous films. This symphonic concert celebrates his long and fruitful collaboration with the master of animated cinema, Hayao Miyazaki. Friday, April 3rd & Saturday, April 4th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

April 24, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Elim Chan, one of the most vibrant young conductors on the scene today partners with Sergei Babayan, mentor of Trifonov and Argerich collaborator, for an impeccable Mozart. If those names are new to you, trust us — you are in for a treat. Friday, April 24th & Sunday, April 26th 2020 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

April 24, 2020

Friday April 24, 2020 | 8:00pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 Crescent Rd, UBC, Vancouver Chor Leoni welcomes Ireland's M'ANAM and internationally acclaimed composer and director Michael McGlynn to VanMan for their Canadian debut. One of Ireland's most exciting new vocal ensembles, M'anam is the male choir offshoot of the legendary Irish choir, Anúna. Chor Leoni is thrilled to share the stage with M'anam for a collaborative and Celtic-infused opening to the 2020 VanMan Male Choral Summit. To purchase single… more

April 30, 2020

Get a jump on the weekend with the new series VSO AFTERWORK. Join us for happy hour in the Orpheum at 5:30, a short format, no intermission concert hosted and introduced by the conductor in a casual atmosphere at 6:30, and then a mix and mingle with VSO musicians after the performance. You’ll still have time for dinner after the show! Over the last three decades London- based conductor and organist Wayne Marshall has earned a reputation for making any orchestra feel like it can really play jazz. In this program he takes… more

May 1, 2020 - May 2, 2020

Over the last three decades London- based conductor and organist Wayne Marshall has earned a reputation for making any orchestra feel like it can really play jazz. In this program he takes us on a tour of musical America with composers who could put a foot on either side of the jazz/classical divide. Don’t miss Marshall’s ferocious talent as he does double duty with the baton and piano. Friday, May 1st & Saturday, May 2nd 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

May 15, 2020 - May 16, 2020

Rising Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo is the talk of the town. With Purcell and Handel she demonstrates her nimble technique and why the New York Classical Review calls her “the most promising performer of the day.” Led by VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright. THE PRESENTATION OF THIS SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE, IN PART, THROUGH THE GENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF THE CHAN ENDOWMENT FUND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. Friday, March 15th & Saturday, March 16th 2020 at 8:00pm Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, Vancouver For… more

May 21, 2020

The Pines of Rome set the stage for an afternoon of Italian drama with Respighi, Berlioz, and Donizetti. Thursday, May 21st 2020 at 2:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

May 22, 2020 - May 23, 2020

Barenaked Ladies co-founder and Canadian Icon Steven Page brings his powerful tenor, quick wit, and an arsenal of songs from his 30 year catalogue for a sweeping set backed by the VSO. Together with trio mates Craig Northey and Kevin Fox, let Steven Page be your guide through an evening featuring songs from his solo career as well as BNL Classics as only he can sing them. Friday, May 22nd & Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

May 24, 2020

There’s dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead! If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. There’s a mystery to be solved in the orchestra, and the suspect is still at large! Text by Lemony Snicket, Music by Nathaniel Stookey. Sunday, May 24th 2020 at… more

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020

VSO Music Director Emeritus Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads a program that pairs English poetry with Polish passion. Angela Cheng will enthrall in Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto, a work of “undescribable beauty.” Vivian Fung’s colourful and energetic Earworms starts the program. Friday, May 29th - Sunday, May 31st 2020 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

June 5, 2020 - June 6, 2020

To close the season, Maestro Tausk has put together an ode to summer, just in time for sunshine season in Vancouver. Superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joins us for one of Berlioz’s most popular works, an exploration of love’s evolution over a series of summer nights. Mozart loved a good party and the last act of The Marriage of Figaro is perhaps one of the best he threw. Friday, June 5th & Saturday, June 6th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit… more

June 9, 2020

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for more than 40 years the virtuoso has been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The VSO’s 2019-2020 season closes with one of the greatest performers of our time playing one of the greatest composers of all time for the Beethoven 250 celebration. Tuesday, June 9th 2020 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC For tickets and more information please visit vancouversymphony.ca… more

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