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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The VSO's February Concert Listings


The VSOĺ─˘s February Concert Listings ĺ─ý Hot Concerts for a Cold Winter Month!

Vancouver, BC ĺ─ý February kicks off with a fun concert for kids starring the Magic Circle Mime Co. who will perform the classic musical tale of Peter & The Wolf. Next up is a celebration of great baroque and chamber music with Canadian soprano Nancy Argenta, and the VSOĺ─˘s good friend Tania Miller, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony.

The month continues with the first concert of the eclectic Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse series, entitled the VSO raW featuring the works of James Rolf, Helena Tulve, Ka Nin Chan and VSO Resident Composer Scott Good. The Roundhouse series presents contemporary orchestral music in the cool, intimate surrounding of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

There is also a very special concert for Valentineĺ─˘s Day: the VSO has the perfect concert featuring piano powerhouse Ian Parker and the romantic music of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romeo & Juliet, as well as Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto and Bizetĺ─˘s Romantic Carmen Suite.

Next, the VSO presents the legendary Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the worldĺ─˘s greatest and most famous orchestras, in a very special concert celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. This is a rare chance for Vancouver audiences to hear such a legendary music-making institution, in a concert that also showcases world-renowned German violinist Julia Fischer who will lead from the violin.

The month wraps up with two extraordinary classical concerts: brilliant Canadian pianist Louis Lortie makes his welcome return to Vancouver after too long an absence, performing works by Liszt; followed by electrifying violinist Kyoko Takezawa playing Elgarĺ─˘s epic Violin Concerto in B minor.

An exciting and busy month for Lower Mainland audiences!

CONCERT INFO

Spectra Energy Kidsĺ─˘ Koncerts Series:

Magic Circle Mime: Peter & The Wolf

Sunday, February 1, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Magic Circle Mime, entertainers

Without upsetting the Maestro, three musicians and a conductor's assistant must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians are the characters of the story as Prokofiev's classic musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats. Magic Circle Mime Co. performs with every major orchestra in North America as one of the top childrenĺ─˘s entertainment groups in the business.

Tickets $26 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy

Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Bach & Beyond Series:

A Baroque Celebration

Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7, 8pm, Chan Centre

Tania Miller, conductor

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Muffat Concerto Grosso No.12, Propitia Sydera

Bach Cantata No.209, Non sa che sia dolore

Mozart Il re pastore, K.208: Lĺ─˘amero saro costante

Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217

Schubert Symphony No.6, Little C Major

Internationally-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta makes her VSO debut, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. This is an evening of beautiful baroque and chamber music at its best.

Tickets $35 to $59 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available ONLY through Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-Phone at 604.280.3311 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

The VSOĺ─˘s Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By:

The Chan Foundation of Canada

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

Radio Sponsor:

CHQM-FM

North Shore Classics Series:

A Baroque Celebration

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Centennial Theatre

Tania Miller, conductor

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Muffat Concerto Grosso No.12, Propitia Sydera

Bach Cantata No.209, Non sa che sia dolore

Mozart Il re pastore, K.208: Lĺ─˘amero saro costante

Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217

Schubert Symphony No.6, Little C Major

Internationally-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta makes her VSO debut, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. This is an evening of beautiful baroque and chamber music at its best.

Tickets $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

the VSO raW

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Roundhouse Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

James Rolf raW

Scott Good Variations for Chamber Orchestra

Helena Tulve A Travers

Ka Nin Chan Par-ł▀i, Par-lłŢ

Tickets $27 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: Socan Foundation

Musically Speaking Series:

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romantic Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, February 14, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ian Parker, piano

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

The Parker family is a family of pianistic powerhouses; Ian Parker returns to perform Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto. Also, the Romantic music of Bizet and Tchaikovsky round out a perfect Valentineĺ─˘s evening.

Tickets $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

Specials:

The VSO Presents the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Sunday, February 15, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, orchestra

Julia Fischer, soloist and leader

Mozart Divertimento for Strings in F, K.138

Bach Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1042

Walton Sonata for Strings

The VSO presents one of the worldĺ─˘s most famous and important orchestras, on the fiftieth anniversary of their founding by Sir Neville Marriner. Exciting violinist Julia Fischer leads from the violin in a beautiful program of Mozart, Bach and Walton.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Co-Presented By:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Surrey Nights Series:

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romantic Romeo & Juliet

Monday, February 16, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ian Parker, piano

Aaron Young Olympic Commission

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

The Parker family is a family of pianistic powerhouses; Ian Parker returns to perform Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto. Also, the Romantic music of Bizet and Tchaikovsky round out a perfect Valentineĺ─˘s evening.

Tickets $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

This series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series:

Fantasies and Odysseys: the Exciting Music of Liszt and Strauss

Saturday & Monday, February 21 & 23, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Beethoven The Ruins of Athens: Overture

Liszt Totentanz

Liszt Fantasy on Motives from Beethovenĺ─˘s Ruins of Athens

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Brilliant Canadian pianist Louis Lortie makes his welcome return to Vancouver after too long an absence. Hear him perform the exciting music of Liszt, then thrill to the musical masterpiece by Richard Strauss that launched 2001: A Space Odyssey to fame.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

February 23 Concert Sponsored By: Friends of the VSO

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

Masterworks Gold Series:

Epic Elgar and Rachmaninoff, with Kyoko Takezawa

Saturday & Monday, February 28 & March 2, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Andrew Litton, conductor

Kyoko Takezawa, violin

Walton Crown Imperial

Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Celebrated conductor Andrew Litton takes the reins in a concert featuring exciting violinist Kyoko Takezawa, and a rarely performed Romantic gem by Rachmaninoff.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca


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