Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VSO100 Centennial Celebration

Dates and Venue 11 June 2019, 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk Host Ben Heppner Featured performers James Ehnes – violin, Lucy Wang – violin and Tate Zawadiuk - cello

Program Frederick Schipitzky’s Aurora Fanfare; Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt – Prelude, Solveig’s Song, In the Hall of the Mountain King; Leonard Bernstein On the Town – Three Dance Episodes; Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, 2nd movement; Jean Coulthard’s Canadian Mosaic: Lullaby for a Snowy Night, Billowing Fields of Golden Wheat, Happy New Year; Antonín Dvorák’s Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72; Jocelyn Morlock’s Strange Loop and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Reviewer John Jane

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra took the opportunity in this season ending festival style concert to give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back. The program offered an expansive selection of music, some well-known and some never heard before. Host Ben Heppner took the audience down Memory Lane with a light-hearted conspectus of the orchestra’s hundred year history. Full review

 

 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Season Finale: Zarathustra!

Dates and Venue June 7 & 8, 2019 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk Featured performers Pieter Wispelwey - cello and Nicholas Wright - violin

Program Schubert’s Rosamunde: Overture, Michel van der Aa’s akin for solo violin, solo cello and orchestra Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra

Reviewer John Jane

The evening started, perhaps appropriately, with an overture. When an orchestra decides to include Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, they have two to choose from: Alfonso und Estrella and The Magic Harp. On this occasion, Tausk preferred the latter. I’m happy that he did. Full review

 

 

Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Concerti by J.S. Bach

Date and Venue Wednesday,May29, 2019 at 7.30 pm | Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan Featured performers Carrie Krause, baroque violin; Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord; Jeffrey Cohan, baroque flute; Courtney Kuroda, baroque violin; Elizabeth Phelps, baroque violin; Stephen Cresswell, baroque viola; Caroline Nicolas, baroque cello

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Salish Sea Early Music Festival presented some of JS Bach’s most joyous instrumental works, played with verve and delight. The Suite was played with heart by the whole orchestra, and also by heart by Cohan.Full review

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Women Rock

Dates and Venue May 24 & May 25, 2019 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Jeff Tyzik Featured performers Cassidy Catanzaro, Katrina Rose and Shayna Steele – vocalists Guest musicians Jacob Navarro - drums, Chris Alexander - keyboards, Dave Brown - Bass, Jack Stafford - saxophone

Reviewer John Jane

Frequent VSO guest conductor Jeff Tyzik this time brings his own creation Women Rock (here Rock is used as a verb) to The Orpheum. More of a show than a concert, it features the music of songwriters Carole King, Irene Cara, Holly Knight and Joni Mitchell. While some of the songs performed were written by men, they essentially pay homage to the women who influenced rock and popular music more by interpretation than creation. Full review

 

 

 

Salish Sea Early Music Festival
JEST Trio Baroque

Date and Venue Wednesday,May 8, 2019 at 7.30 pm 2019 | Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan Featured performers Jeffrey Cohan, baroque flute; Suzie Napper, viola da gamba; Elizabeth Wright, harpsichord

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Salish Sea Early Music Festival and JEST, with special encouragement from Suzie Napper, have taken inspiration from the French “Concert Spirituel” to present a short and most enjoyable evening of short pieces and excerpts Full review

 

Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Winds of the Baroque

Date and Venue Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7.30 pm 2019 | Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan Featured performers Vicki Boeckman, recorder; Sand Dalton, baroque oboe, flute and recorder; Jeffrey Cohan, baroque flute; Caroline Nicolas, baroque cello; Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

Program Boismortier Sonata I in G minor, op. 34, Telemann Trio Sonata from "Essercizii Musici", Vivaldi Cello Sonata in A minor and Recorder Concerto "La Pastorale", RV 95 in D major, Quantz Trio Sonata in C major, Boismortier, Trio in D major, Telemann Quartett from "Tafelmusik" in D minor

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Salish Sea Early Music Festival is now half-way through its strenuous, ambitious season of 9 completely different concerts each offered in a dozen locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Musically varied and consistently accomplished, the programs always delight and surprise. Wednesday’s concert was no exception. Joining regulars Jeffrey Cohan, Caroline Nicolas and Jonathan Oddie were eminent baroque oboist Sand Dalton and Vicki Boeckman, a remarkable recorder player. Virtuoso playing and intense musicality were the order of the day. Full review