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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The VSOs BACH & BEYOND Series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts begins on October 16th and 17th with Baroque specialist Martin Haselbck

October 2, 2009 - VANCOUVER, BC Focusing on arguably the most important time in music's development, the VSOs 5-concert Bach & Beyond series features the great masterpieces of Bach and the Baroque era, through the Classical style of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Bach & Beyond takes audiences on an exciting, beautiful journey through the evolution of classical music. The series begins on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th with renowned conductor, organist, and founder of the Vienna Academy Ensemble, Martin Haselbck, in a concert celebrating the masters of the Baroque era.

The Bach & Beyond series is performed in the beautiful Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, a concert hall built to showcase music from this era, and each concert is perfectly crafted to take advantage of this wonderful venue and its sparkling acoustics. The VSO is grateful to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the University of British Columbia for their generous assistance. The Bach & Beyond series has also been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada. The VSO is also grateful to the Chan Centre and the UBC Rose Garden Parkade for working together to provide free parking for VSO customers from 7pm on concert nights.

The Bach & Beyond series takes listeners on a beautiful journey from the Baroque era, represented by the music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, Purcell and Vivaldi, into the music of the Classical era, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

The 2009/2010 Season includes a lineup of internationally-renowned guest artists, including conductor/organist Martin Haselbck, conductor/violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, pianist Andrew Armstrong, and conductor/pianist Barry Douglas. VSO Music Director Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts one of the concerts, and two VSO musicians take solo turns during the Season: Principal Flute Christie Reside, and Principal Oboe Roger Cole.

Order the series and save! Subscribing to all five concerts ensures guaranteed seating and savings of up to 25% over single concert ticket prices.

Single Concert Tickets: $35 - $62.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434


Bach & Beyond

Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Baroque Masters

Martin Haselbck, conductor/organ

Telemann Concerto for Three Trumpets and Orchestra in D Major
Handel Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 4, No. 4, HWV 292
Bach Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Haydn Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, Drum Roll

Martin Haselbck may not be a name that you know, but you should want to: founder of the Vienna Academy Ensemble, acclaimed conductor and organist, Baroque specialist and prolific recording artist with over sixty records to his name, he has done it all and continues to excel in his field. He leads and performs in a quintessential Bach & Beyond concert.

Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vivaldis Four Seasons

Elizabeth Wallfisch, conductor/violin
Roger Cole, oboe damore

Purcell Abdelazar, Z.570: Suite
Handel Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No. 9, HWV 327, in F Major
JS Bach Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A major, BMV 1055
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Wonderful violinist and Baroque conductor Elizabeth Wallfisch leads from the violin in a program that includes Bachs deliciously beautiful Concerto for Oboe damore with VSO Principal Oboist Roger Cole taking a solo turn and Vivaldis timeless classic The Four Seasons, which has stayed on the top of the charts for over two hundred and eighty years.

Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
A Little Night Music: Mozart and Haydn

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Andrew Armstrong, piano

Haydn Il Mondo della Luna, Overture
Haydn Piano Concerto Hob XVIII: 4 in G Major
Mozart Serenata Notturna K 239
Mozart Notturno K 286
Mozart Concert Rondo in A Major K 386
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart and Haydn: Musical perfection. Haydn took hold of the torch passed to him by Bach and the great composers of the Baroque era and kept the flame ablaze; Mozart took that torch and turned it into a bonfire. Great young Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni will present their music with the style and grace it deserves.

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Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Bach and Beyond

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Bach Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Stravinsky/Pergolesi Pulcinella: Suite
Mozart Masonic Funeral Music, K.477
Haydn Symphony No. 73 in D Major, La chasse

Maestro Tovey conducts a concert that features Baroque and Classical music with an exciting twist. Bachs Orchestral Suites are some of the pinnacle achievements of the Baroque era. Haydns Symphony No. 73 is another of his many great works of refined beauty. And heres a twist: the suite from Russian composer Igor Stravinskys great ballet music Pulcinella, written in the twentieth century and based on the music of eighteenth century Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Pergolesi.

Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Barry Douglas plays Beethoven

Barry Douglas, conductor/piano

Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K.183
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D Major, London

Barry Douglas is truly an extraordinary musician. Studying piano, clarinet, cello and organ while growing up in Belfast; and in 1986 he became the first non-Russian to win outright gold in the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition since Van Cliburn in 1958. Douglas will conduct and perform in a concert that features Mozarts scintillating little G minor symphony and Beethovens Piano Concerto No.1.

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