The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Back to the Future In Concert

When & Where Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7pm & Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2pm | The Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Andrew Crust

Reviewer John Jane

Alan Silvestri's thrilling score provides the linchpin for what is considered one of the best soundtracks for a non-musical film. The storyline pivots between the mid-fifties and the mid-eighties, so the music has to reflect both periods. Played end-to-end Silvestri's original score is around forty-five minutes long. Maestro Andrew Crust includes additional music to the performance that was not actually in the film – perhaps borrowed from the two sequels. Full review


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
We're Back Gala Concert

Dates and Venue September 18, 2021 at 8pm & September 19, 2021 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Otto Tausk

Program Dinuk Wijeratne'sYatra, Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique: Un Bal, Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs, Barbara Assiginaak's Innenohr, Dvorák's Slavonic Dances Op.72 No.2 & 7, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

Reviewer John Jane

From the opening bars of Beethoven’s showpiece overture, one senses that this work is one that befits a grand occasion that happens just once in a while. Of course, as Maestro Tausk mentioned, the musicians haven’t been idle – they just haven’t been there (on the Orpheum stage. So, predictably, the orchestra showed no sign of rustiness and the audience was thrilled to be back in concert hall seats. Full review



Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Tea & Trumpets Series
A Musical Picnic with Friends

WHEN & WHERE June 10, 2021 at 2pm | Streamed via

Hosts Andrew Crust & Christopher Gaze

Program Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (Summer), Mozetich's Postcards from the Sky, Martinu's La Revue de Cuisine, Mozart's Allegro Assai from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

Reviewer John Jane

As we currently experience our Spring drifting into Summer, so it seems that Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons takes an almost pedestrian like pace.... Full review



musica intima
The beginning of the song

WHEN & WHERE Friday, April 30 at 7:30 pm, digitally broadcast until Friday, May 13 at 11.30 p.m.|

WHO musica intima vocal ensemble Spoken word Germaine Konji <

Venues St. Philip's Anglican Church, Dunbar; Chan Centre, various outdoor locations

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

musica intima chose the final day of National Poetry month to present settings of poetry of immense charm and power. Rather than a filmed concert, the group offered a set of videos shot in different locations and a programme which stretched from a Rima by Tarquinio Tasso, the extraordinary Italian Renaissance poet, to 3 spoken-word pieces by an immensely talented young poet/performer from and in Ottawa, Germaine Konji. Full review



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Tea & Trumpets Series

A Suite of Suites

WHEN & WHERE Thursday, April 22 at 2pm | Streamed from the Orpheum Theatre & Christ Church Cathedral

Host Andrew Crust Featured musicians James Ennis, Nicholas Wright

Programme Sibelius’s Suite for Violin and Orchestra; Warlock’s Capriol Suite, Grieg’s Holberg Suite

Reviewer John Jane

Two Scandinavian composers and a British composer who are perhaps better known for works not in this concert are featured in this afternoon’s program. Full review