Maestro Andrew Crust

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Tea & Trumpet Series
A Tribute to Black History Month

WHEN & WHERE February 25, 2021 at 2pm | Live stream at TheConcertHall.ca

Featured performers Andrew Cust, host conductor; Garfield Wilson, narrator Special guests Daniel Bartholmew-Poyser and Measha Brueggergosman

Reviewer John Jane

This concert is a symphonic tribute to Black History Month, in which black composers, some well-known, some not so much, are lauded, beginning with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s 4 Novelletten for Violin and Orchestra. The music has the strong romantic melody lines that were typical of European music at the turn of the twentieth century.Full review

 

 


Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: London Drugs Pops

For the Love of Song: Dee Daniels with the VSO

WHEN & HOW November 7, 2020 at 7.30pm | Live-streamed

Conductor Andrew Crust, Featured performer Dee Daniels – vocals

Reviewer John Jane

The singer kicked-off the fifty-minute concert with a couple of tunes made famous by the Nat King Cole Trio: rhythm and blues standard Route 66 and Mona Lisa, now part of the American Songbook. From Nat Cole, Daniels shifted her attention to Frank Sinatra with a tribute medley that included: I've Got the World on a String, Fly me to the Moon, I’ve got you under my Skin and All the Way. Her interpretations were more dynamic than Sinatra’s imperturbable crooning style. Full review


Julia Lockhart – bassoon

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VSO@Home No.7

Date August 1, 2020 at 7:30pm | Pyatt Hall and other locations

Featured musicians Nicholas Wright, Jennie Press & Karen Gerbrecht - violin, Grace Huang - piano, James Romero & Rosanne Weiringa – piccolo, Larry Knopp & Vincent Vohradsky – Trumpet, Brian Wendel, Andrew Poirier & Angus Armstrong – trombone, Ilan Morgenstern – bass trombone, Dave Brown & Malcolm Armstrong – bass, Vern Griffiths & Michael Jarrett – percussion, Michelle Goddard & Jeanette Jonquil – clarinet, Julia Lockhart – bassoon.

Program Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossa Nova; George Gershwin’s Summertime; Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies; Lew Pollack’s That’s A Plenty; Fritz Kreisler’s Schön Rosmarin, Nigel Hess’ Ladies in Lavender.

Reviewer John Jane

Bassoonist Julia Lockhart and Roger (the parrot) introduce a couple of show tunes that have become jazz standards: Gershwin’s moody Summertime from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess and Berlin’s optimistic Blue Skies from the short-lived stage musical Betsy. Lockhart is joined in Pyatt Hall by Jennie Press, Karen Gerbrecht, Vern Griffiths & Malcolm Armstrong. Full review

 

Frederick A. Schipizky

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VSO@Home No.6

Date June 11, 2020 at 7:30pm | Pyatt Hall

Featured musicians Nicholas Wright - violin, Yi Zhou - violin, Grace Huang - piano, Greg Caisley - piano

Program Fritz Kreisler’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli; George Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2 in C Sharp Minor, Andante con moto; Frederick Schipizsky’s Duo Caprice; Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano and March from The Love for Three Oranges

Reviewer John Jane

This 33 minute live-streamed concert features pairings of violin and piano and has a distinct Russian theme. Okay, so Schipizsky, by his own admission, is only half Russian and Gershwin (born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz) is second generation American of Russian-Jewish ancestry, but the influence is unmistakable. Full review

 


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

VSO@Home on YouTube

Date May 21, 2020 at 7:30pm | Pyatt Hall

Featured musicians Grace Huang - Piano, Nicholas Wright - violin, Christie Reside - flute, Vern Griffiths – percussion, Larry Knopp, Michelle Goddard & Vincent Vohradsky - trumpets, Oliver de Clerq, David Haskins & Andrew Mee - french horns, Brian Wendel, Andrew Poirier & Ilan Morgenstein - trombones, Pedr MacLellan - tuba

Program Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV 1013; Gabriel Fauré’s: Violin Sonata in A Major, Opus 13; Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel

Reviewer John Jane

This was the third streaming event in the VSO@Home series; a music performance format that allows the VSO to play for audiences while public performances are presently restricted. This 37 minute live-streamed concert begins appropriately with a fanfare. Whilst Fanfare for the Common Man is filmed and recorded in isolation at different times and separate locations by ten brass musicians and percussionist Aaron Macdonald. Full review

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VSO@Home YouTube Premiere Watch-Party

Date April 21, 2020 at 7:30pm

Featured musicians Christie Reside & Rosanne Wieranga – flutes, Roger Cole & Karin Walsh – oboes, Jenny Jonquil & Michelle Goddard – clarinets, Julia Lockhart & Gwen Seaton – bassoons, Sophie Dansereau – contrabassoon, David Haskins & Andrew Mee – french horns, J. Warren Long – double bass and Luke Wook-Young Kim – cello.

Program Richard Strauss’ Serenade for Winds opus 7 and Gioachino Rossini’s Duet for Cello and Double Bass

Reviewer John Jane

VSO@Home is an innovative music performance format that allows members of the VSO to play for an audience while on a forced hiatus as a result imposed physical restrictions caused by COVID-19. Maestro Otto Tausk introduced the YouTube event from his home in the Netherlands. Bassist J. Warren Long and clarinetist Michelle Goddard described the process of their respective collaborations. Full review