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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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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more

April 5, 2020

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is committed to making music and music education accessible and affordable to all and invites the community to take part in its second annual Day of Music. Sunday, April 5th 2020 at 10:00am Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC… more

April 13, 2020

Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras… more

April 17, 2020 - April 19, 2020

The end begins. Part one of the epic finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ is here! CineConcerts invites audiences back to witness the beginning of Harry’s most important battle yet, with the full film accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to track down the secret to Voldemort’s power! Friday, April 17th - Sunday, April 19th 2020 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC… 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… 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. 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more

June 12, 2020 - June 13, 2020

Let these award-winning symphonic scores take you on a hero’s journey unlike anything you’ve heard or, for that matter, seen before. Heroes: A Video Game Symphony presents music from some of the most popular and beloved video games of all time, including The Elder Scrolls, Portal, Journey, BioShock, Halo , and many more, played by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – accompanied by amazing sync-clips of these video games up on the big screen. This immersive presentation will evoke memorable game moments in an… more

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