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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The VSO's First Concert Back From Its Asia-Pacific Tour

The VSOĺ─˘s first classical concert in Vancouver after the Asia-Pacific Tour is this weekend ĺ─ý the concert features brilliant Classical pianist Angela Cheng, and a performance of Dvorakĺ─˘s New World Symphony No.9

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Angela Cheng, one of the worldĺ─˘s finest Classical pianists and a favourite of Vancouver audiences, performs Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor on November 1st and 3rd at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Guest conductor Yoav Talmi also leads the orchestra in Beethovenĺ─˘s Leonore Overture No.3 and Dvorakĺ─˘s epic Symphony No. 9 ĺ─˛From the New World.ĺ─˘

Vancouver audiences welcome the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra back from the 2008 Asia-Pacific Tour in these performances, their first classical concert since their return.

ĺ─˙ĺ─Ânothing short of magicĺ─Âa pianist one could listen to for hoursĺ─Âĺ─¨

- The Record (Waterloo, Ontario)

Born in Hong Kong to a musical family, Angela Cheng moved to Canada at age 8 and settled in Edmonton. The first concert she attended was Gina Bachauer playing Beethovenĺ─˘s 3rd Concerto with the Edmonton Symphony. She knew by then that she wanted to be a first-rate pianist and was well on her way. Cheng studied piano at the Alberta College from age 13 to 17 and the University of Alberta from age 17 to 19. She completed her Bachelors of Music at the Juilliard School in New York and her Masters of Music from Indiana State University.

Angela Cheng is the recipient of numerous awards. The gold medal winner of the 1986 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters competition, Ms. Cheng has earned her reputation as one of Canadaĺ─˘s brightest stars. In 1988, Ms. Cheng became the first Canadian to win the Grand Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition and in 1991 she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for her interpretations of Mozart.

Ms. Cheng has received international acclaim for her technical skill, tonal beauty, and musicianship. She has performed as a soloist with every major Canadian symphony orchestra as well as several American orchestras and the Israel Philharmonic. Ms. Cheng is busy this season touring across North America. She will be teaching a Masterclass at Florida State University before visiting Vancouver and then she is off to Indiana to perform in recital.

Well known and celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Yoav Talmi is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Quebec Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv. In the past, he has served as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic (Netherlands), and Music Director of both - the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the New Israeli Opera.

Both concerts on November 1st and 3rd will feature a pre-concert talk by Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, free to ticket holders, at 7:05pm in the auditorium.


Masterworks Gold Series

New World Symphony

Yoav Talmi, conductor

Angela Cheng, piano

Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Dvorak Symphony No.9 From the New World

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at


Yoav Talmi

Maestro Talmiĺ─˘s long and impressive guest conducting career spans several continents. His European engagements include all the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdamĺ─˘s Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna and Prague, the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Israel, the Orchestre National de France, Zurichĺ─˘s Tonhalle, Romeĺ─˘s Santa Cecilia, and numerous radio orchestras in Israel, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. He has also made several appearances with the NHK Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan. In North America, he has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Rochester and Seattle, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s at Carnegie Hall.

Yoav Talmiĺ─˘s summer activities includes the Aspen Music Festival, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Bergen Festival in Norway, Chautauqua Festival (NY), Helsinki Festival, Houstonĺ─˘s Mostly Mozart Festival, Jerusalem Festival, Montrealĺ─˘s Lanaudił«re Festival and the Waterloo Festival in New Jersey.

Also a seasoned recording artist, Yoav Talmi has collaborated with Chandos, Decca, EMI, Naxos, Teldec. CBC Records (Toronto), Atma and Analekta (Montreal). His recording of Brucknerĺ─˘s Ninth Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic won the prestigious ĺ─˙Grand Prix du Disqueĺ─¨ in Paris. Mr. Talmiĺ─˘s recording of Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky with the Israel Chamber Orchestra for Teldec was chosen ĺ─˙Record of the Monthĺ─¨ by Germanyĺ─˘s Fono-Forum magazine. The London Penguin Guide gave this same recording its highest rating. His recent recording French Showpieces with the Quebec Symphony and violinist James Ehnes was chosen ĺ─˙Record of the Monthĺ─¨ by the French media magazine Repertoire, who gave this recording a perfect rating. Talmiĺ─˘s Naxos recordings with the San Diego Symphony feature an all-Berlioz cycle that includes the Symphonie fantastique, the complete overtures, Romłęo et Juliette, Harold in Italy, Rłüverie et Caprice, excerpts from Les Troyens, and more. He has recorded also as pianist, accompanying his wife, flutist Erĺ─˘ella Talmi.

Born in Israel, Yoav Talmi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and The Juilliard School in New York, where he earned degrees in both composition and conducting with grants from the America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). He was a recipient of the Koussevitzky Memorial Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Festival [1969] and the Rupert Conductorĺ─˘s Competition in London [1973].

Last July 2008, Yoav Talmi was awarded the ĺ─˛Frank Pellegĺ─˘ prize of the Israeli Cultural Ministry, for his high-level artistic achievements through many years of activity and in August 2008 he received the Quebec-City Medal, honoring his special contribution to the cityĺ─˘s 400 anniversary celebrations. Maestro Talmi holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Angela Cheng

Consistently cited for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Angela Cheng is one of Canada's brightest stars. She has appeared as soloist with virtually every orchestra in Canada, as well as the Birmingham Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, among others. The frequency with which she is re-engaged is remarkable.

Angela Cheng's debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include: for Koch International, Clara Schumann's Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women's Philharmonic; for CBC Records, selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann, four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, and both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra. In the fall of 2006, an all- Chopin recital CD for Universal will be released.

Ms. Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the U.S. and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takł░cs, Colorado and Vogler quartets. Her many festival appearances include Chautauqua, Colorado, Houston, Vancouver and the Festival International de Lanaudił«re in Quebec

Angela Cheng was the 1986 Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition (1988). In the same year, the Canada Council awarded Ms. Cheng its coveted Career Development Grant. For her outstanding interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1991.

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