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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: A Sinatra Celebration

Dates and Venue Friday January 5 & Saturday January 6, 2018 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor John Morris Russell Featured performer Tony DeSare vocalist

Desare was good. The audience loved him. He wasn´t Sinatra, but you could almost figure out something about his moves, his looks, perhaps calling to mind a young Sinatra. Full review

 

 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets Series:
A Baroque Celebration

Date and Venue Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Host Christopher Gaze Featured performer Emma Hoglund - Piano

Programme Bach’s Suite No. 1 in C Major, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Handel’s Water Music, Pachelbel ‘s Canon (encore)

Reviewer John Jane

For anyone who enjoys baroque music this concert was an ideal showcase. A Baroque Celebration is the third concert in this season’s VSO Tea & Trumpet Series and the first of the 2018 calendar year. Full review

 

 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra A Traditional Christmas

Dates and Venues
December 9, 2017 at 7:30pm | St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church, Vancouver

Conductor William Rowson Featured performers EnChor and the UBC Opera Ensemble Host Christopher Gaze

Reviewer John Jane

Maestro William Rowson led the orchestra and Christopher Gaze, who has been hosting these concerts now for twenty-five years, once again assumed the duties of compère. The UBC Opera Ensemble Choir and the EnChor Choir added their voices to this special evening. Full review

 

 


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
A Symphonic Tribute to Prince

Date and Venue Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Featured performers Mackenzie Green vocalist, Andrew Gouché bass, Nisan Stewart drums, Brian David Green guitar, Kevin Randolph keyboards, Bonnie Brooksbank vocals/violin

Reviewer John Jane

Last night (December 4) the ninety-year-old Orpheum Theatre gave way to the aura of an arena rock concert with its stage backlit in vivid purple in deference to the colour broadly associated with “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Full review

 

 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Terra and Beyond

Dates and Venue Friday, October 6, 2017 & Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Featured performers Chris Hadfield vocals/guitar; Danny Michel vocals/guitar

Programme Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Richard Straus’ Also sprach Zarathustra, Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, Igor Stravinsky’s excerpts from The Firebird Suite plus other works

Reviewer John Jane

What do Danny Michel and Chris Hadfield have in common? Well, other than that they both recorded cover versions of David Bowie songs: “Young Americans” by Danny Michel and truly a definitive interpretation of “Space Oddity” by Chris Hadfield. But perhaps more relevant, they were both payload passengers on the Russian ice-breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov voyage through the Northwest Passage last summer (2016). Full review