The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Park Board present Symphony At Sunset, its second annual free, open-air concert at Sunset Beach.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Park Board present Symphony At Sunset, its second annual free, open-air concert at Sunset Beach.

Given the success of its inaugural Symphony at Sunset last year with more than 14,000 in attendance, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Vancouver Park Board are teaming up once again to present its second annual open-air concert under the stars.

“We are thrilled to return to Sunset Beach, after last year’s success to further our commitment to our community and help create a cultural environment where families and communities can come together to experience symphonic music and build lasting traditions,” said Kelly Tweeddale, president of the Vancouver Symphony Society and VSO School of Music.

This year’s concert will be conducted by VSO Music Director Otto Tausk in a concert featuring classical favourites to film score hits. The evening’s music will include Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain” from Disney’s Fantasia, selections from West Side Story, “Adventures on Earth” from John William’s score from the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and more.

“We are very pleased to be able to collaborate with the VSO for the second year of Symphony at Sunset,” said Vancouver Park Board chair Stuart Mackinnon. “The Park Board has a long history of supporting music in parks. It’s a match made in heaven. Some of the finest music in the world has been inspired by nature.”

In addition to the main concert, the VSO School of Music will host an Instrument Fair Zone, where children will have an opportunity to touch and play real orchestra instruments. In addition to a marketplace, there will also be several prelude performances by student ensembles and faculty from the School of Music. There will also be food trucks onsite.

Concert-goers are being asked to bring low chairs so as not to obstruct the view of other audience members. With the large crowds predicted for the concert, the public is also encouraged to walk, cycle, or take public transit to Sunset Beach Park as traffic in the area will be restricted and parking will be at a premium in the West End.

Symphony at Sunset takes place on the lawn at Sunset Beach (1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver) on July 7 beginning at 7:00pm. Admission is free. Visit vancouversymphony.ca for more information.