Queen Latifah will perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in one of two free concerts this year at Burnaby's Deer Lake Park.
Queen Latifah will perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in one of two free concerts this year at Burnaby's Deer Lake Park.

In a media release, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announced Queen Latifah’s appearance with the orchestra at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on June 29 will now be a free concert for the entire family. The previously ticketed concert will be one of two free concerts at the venue this year.

“During the planning of our 100th anniversary season, we had a dream that we would be able to open and close the season with a free VSO concert,” says VSO president Kelly Tweeddale in the release.  “When the opportunity to extend the stage of our free VSO concert at Deer Lake became available, we were thrilled to invite Queen Latifah to join us.”

Made possible with the support from the City of Burnaby, Amplify BC, Brian Jessel BMW, donors, and a grant to the VSO’s 100th Anniversary “Tomorrow Starts Today” Fund, the Grammy Award-winning artist will perform selections from Chicago, Hairspray, the American Songbook, and her breakout hip-hop hit U.N.I.T.Y.

“This additional night of free programming with a star like Queen Latifah serves to extend the tradition of Symphony in the Park as one of Burnaby’s most beloved events,” says Tweeddale.

Calling her an icon, VSO music director Maestro Otto Tausk is excited about the opportunity to work with the versatile artist.

“Her recordings are fantastic and she has such a strong stage presence,” says Tausk. “I can’t wait to meet her and to make some music together. This is going to be a lot of fun and I think you will find it the perfect way to kick-off the long weekend.”

The following day, Tausk returns to Deer Lake Park to lead the VSO in its annual free Symphony in the Park concert.

A previously ticketed event, anyone who has already purchased tickets to Queen Latifah’s concert can donate their ticket back to the VSO, use the value of the ticket as a credit towards another performance, or request a refund.

For those who have not already bought tickets, the announcement of the free concert is expected to attract a crowd. Concert goers are being encouraged to show up well in advance of the 8:00pm start time to claim their spot.

A general admission concert with no reserved seats, those attending are reminded to check the VSO website for information on the restrictions of what you can bring to the venue.

Queen Latifah plays with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 8pm on Saturday, June 29. Visit vancouversymphony.ca for more information.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to Deer Lake on Sunday, June 30 with another free concert as part of its summer season.