Guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as part of its 2016/2017 season.
Guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as part of its 2016/2017 season.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, while its next Spring Festival will feature the music of the Brits, in a 2016/2017 season filled with special concerts and Vancouver debuts.

In its 98th season, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues with its popular pops concerts, performances for children and families, special events and the continuation of its two popular festivals.

In January 2017, the VSO’s New Music Festival returns with another celebration of contemporary music. This season’s festival is part of the VSO’s contribution to Canada 150 celebrations that will feature both home-grown talent, alongside works of visiting composers.  Later in the year, the VSO will present A British Fantasy as the focus of this season’s VSO Spring Festival, with a focus on great British composers and their most popular works.

Special concerts on tap include pianist Emanuel Ax, who will perform two piano concertos – Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 16 – with the orchestra. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the VSO in a celebration of the 35th anniversaries of two classic Hollywood blockbusters, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, and their iconic scores by composer John Williams.

In a bit of a departure from their usual concerts, in September the VSO presents one of the original Cirque-style performance troupes, Shanghai Acrobats, to the Orpheum stage. Perennial favourites, A Traditional Christmas and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will also return this season.

This year’s pops concerts will include concerts ranging from the Cotton Club’s old-time blues and jazz, to the Best of Broadway, hot Latin music by the Mambo Kings, a tribute to soul and the great Ray Charles, Sophisticated Ladies with the amazing Capathia Jenkins, and a night of Simon and Garfunkel.

Tiny Tots and Kids’ Koncerts continue, with a series of concerts that will cater to young music lovers with the help of troupes such as Platypus Theatre, Classical Kids, and Enchantment Theatre Company.

The season will also include the Vancouver conducting debuts by Anu Tali, Cristian Macelaru, Karina Canellakis and Mikhail Agrest.

Visit for information on subscriptions for the 2016/2017 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra season. Single tickets will go on sale in August.