VSO second trombone Andrew Poirier (above) will be joined by prinicipal trombine Brian Wendel for the pop-up performances at surprise locations in downtown Vancouver.
VSO second trombone Andrew Poirier (above) will be joined by prinicipal trombine Brian Wendel for the pop-up performances at surprise locations in downtown Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver will be the place to be tomorrow as two members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will present a series of pop-up performances.

Featuring VSO trombonists Brian Wendel and Andrew Poirier, the free performances will take place at four surprise outdoor locations in the downtown core between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 19.

“The safety and well-being of the public is a top priority, and measures will be in place to ensure that proper physical distancing and all public health measures are followed,” says the VSO in a media release. “As such, four 15-minute sets will be performed by the VSO brass duo.”

Having joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as principal trombone in 2017, Wendell is the winner of the Alessi Seminar Asia Competition in 2018 and International Trombone Association competitions in both 2014 and 2016. Wendell has performed with several orchestras in the United States and has appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard Trombone Choir. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Joseph Alessi, since September 2019, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of British Columbia and is a performing artist for the Edwards Instrument Co.

Joining the VSO in 2020 in the position of second trombone, Poirier hails from Newfoundland, beginning his musical studies in the Salvation Army. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, he continued his education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Performance. Poirier is also a founding member of the Canadian Trombone Quintet iTromboni and is the low brass instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He co-founded the Vancouver Brass Orchestra, which held its first concert in September 2019 and has a video EP debuting this fall.

The VSO is not releasing the exact locations, but it shouldn’t be difficult to find. Just follow the sounds of music.