The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets: Spanish Nights

Date and Venue Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Host Christopher Gaze

Program Chabrier’ España, Granados’ Goyescas: Intermezzo, Bizet’s Carmen Suite: Suite 1 No. 1 Prelude, Suite 1 No. 1a Aragonaise, Suite 1 No. 2 Intermezzo, Suite 1 No. 4 Dragons, Suite 2 No. 7 Habañera, Suite 2 No. 9 Song of the Toreador & Suite 2 Danse Bohème, De Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat Suite 2: The Miller’s Dance & El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol

Reviewer John Jane

The second concert in this season’s Tea & Trumpets Series was a Spanish themed affair, though, in terms of authorship it was a fairly eclectic program that included composers from France, Russia and of course, Spain. Full review



La La Land in Concert: VSO at the Movies

Date and Venue Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Erik Ochsner Programme Musical soundtrack of the film La La Land; score and songs by Justin Hurwitz

Reviewer John Jane

For Maestro Erik Ochsner’s fiftieth live concert version of La La Land, he brought a few guest jazz musicians including Randy Kerber on piano who is featured on the original soundtrack (no, it’s not Ryan Gosling). In his introductory remarks, the Finnish-American conductor stated “the real star of the show is the piano.” Full review



Choralation A Cappella
Standards and Deviations

Date and Venue November 4, 2018, 2pm | St. James Community Square, 3214 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Choristers Jen Balfour, Bryan Ching, Alana Green, Erin Jane, Carmen Lam, Raymond Lee, Amanda Li, Dan Nguyen, Scott Webster

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Choralation A Cappella performed their 10th Anniversary Concert in a delightful afternoon show featuring an eclectic collection of songs, uniquely arranged for a cappella harmonics. Works by Pentatonix, Moxy Fruvous, Anton Bruckner, The King’s Singers, Billy Joel and others were included. Full review




The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
100th Season Opener

Dates and Venue Friday, September 21, & Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk Featured performers Lucas & Arthur Jussen, piano

Programme Edward Top’s Helix (World Première/VSO Commission); Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor; Stravinsky’s (complete) Firebird Suite

Reviewer John Jane

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra opened its 100th season with a deserved jubilant celebration. The Orpheum even opened its rarely used main entrance on Granville Street to welcome specially invited patrons. Immediately following the customary playing of O Canada (performed at all VSO season openers), newly appointed music director Maestro Otto Tausk promised a repertoire that honoured the orchestra’s past, present and future. Full review