The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
A Bernstein Celebration

Date and Venue Monday, March 19, 2018, 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Bramwell Tovey Featured performers Joyce Yang - piano, Augustin Hadelich - violin

Programme Leonard Bernstein's Candide: Overture; Serenade; Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety

Reviewer John Jane

A Bernstein Celebration is the second of four concerts in this year’s VSO Spring Festival and the first of two concerts to feature the music of Leonard Bernstein. This concert also features guest musicians Joyce Yang on piano and Augustin Hadelich on violin. Full review



Perla Battalla in the House of Cohen

Dates and Venue Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:30pm | Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre

Reviewer John Jane

Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles at age 82. But if Angeleno singer Perla Batalla has anything to do with it, his music will live on forever. Batalla and Cohen enjoyed a protégé-mentor relationship for many years and eventually became close friends. Full review



The VSO in association with Phantom Creek Estates
Twelve Girls Band
A Celebration of the Lunar New Year

Date and Venue February 19, 7:30pm | Orpheum Theatre

Musicians Shi Juan, Zhong Bao, Yang Tian - pipa; Cui Jiayl,Huang Huang - yangchin; ZhaoShurui - guzheng; Zhang Di, Chen Xuejiao - dizi (bamboo flute); Xu Hui, Zhang Nan, Li Wanhe, Zhu Zhiqin - erhu

Reviewer John Jane

The women of Twelve Girls Band continue the tradition of Yue Fang that dates back 650 to 900 AD when ensembles of female classical musicians played in the Tang Dynasty courts. Full review




The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
A Romantic Pops Valentine

Dates and Venue Saturday, February 9 & February 10, 2018 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Featured performers Jon Nakamatsu - piano, Robyn Driedger-Klassen - soprano, and David Curry - tenor

Reviewer Erin Jane

Maestro Rowson did a fantastic job of introducing each piece along with some context, which is crucial as after all, most of the evening’s selections were not being experienced within the framework of how they were meant to be enjoyed. Full review