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Friday, June 14, 2024

Music for the holidays: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra gets into the holiday spirit

The VSO presents a series of holiday concerts at venues across the Lower Mainland

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has you covered with a festive series of holiday concerts in Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland.

From popular annual traditions like A Traditional Christmas and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to a family-friendly movie with the score performed live, the line-up this year has something for everyone.

Tiny Tots Holiday Hooray (December 6 & 7)

At the Pyatt Hall in downtown Vancouver, the younger set (from toddlers to five-year-olds) and their adult companions will enjoy this sing-along to frosty favourites.

A European Christmas: Hansel & Gretel and Tchaikovsky’s 5th (December 6 & 7)

Conductor Constantin Trinks returns to lead the VSO in Humperdinck’s European Christmas classic Hansel and Gretel, paired with Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. With performances at both the Orpheum & Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.

A Traditional Christmas (December 10-14 & 22)

The VSO holiday tradition returns for another year with concerts at a number of venues around the Lower Mainland. With perennial host, Christopher Gaze and special guests the concert includes singing, storytelling, and plenty of holiday cheer.

A Holly Cole Christmas (December 11)

After a 13 year absence from the Orpheum, Holly Cole and her band return. Accompanied by the VSO, the Canadian jazz singer will perform an eclectic mix of holiday material and fan favourites.

The Snowman (December 15)

The Oscar-nominated animated short The Snowman takes centre stage in this holiday concert as the music is performed live by the VSO while it plays on the big screen. Featuring the VSO School of Music Sinfonietta Advanced String Ensemble, and guest soloists.

Home Alone in Concert (December 18 & 20)

Where’s Kevin? The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs composer John Williams’s score live as the comedy classic Home Alone is played on the screen above the stage.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (December 20 & 21)

Vivaldi’s most famous creation and one of the most popular works from the Baroque era, Vivaldi-master and conductor Federico Maria Sardelli leads the VSO in this annual concert.

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