The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2013/2014 season in June with new music, an old favourite and the return of two world renowned musicians.
First up is Messenger of the Gods (June 1), an evening of new music by contemporary composers including Canadians Keith Hamel and Nicolas Gilbert. The concert will also include a featured performance by the VSO’s long-time cellist, Janet Steinberg, as soloist in a work by Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason.
The enduring Last Night of the Proms (June 4) returns again this year led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey. A tradition that started in 1895 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Last Night of the Proms (June 4) has become a VSO and Vancouver Bach Choir institution. This year’s concert includes music from the hit PBS television series Downton Abbey, along with other Brit-centric music.
Things get a little other-worldly as the VSO presents one of the most famous pieces in the repertoire for symphony orchestra, Gustav Holst’s The Planets (June 7 & 8), a tableau of famous musical movements representing the planets in the earth’s solar system.. Rounding out the concert is Bramwell Tovey’s own composition, Songs of Envious Time, sung by the Elektra Women’s Chorus, and the VSO’s long-time Principal Flutist, Christie Reside, in a performance of Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto.
One of the world’s most famous musicians makes a much anticipated return to the VSO stage as Jazz trumpeter and multi Grammy winning instrumentalist, Chris Botti (June 11), joins the VSO for an evening of famous Jazz standards, as well as memorable songs from the popular repertoire.
The VSO’s 95th Anniversary Season Finale Concerts (June 14 & 16) sees the return of Grammy and Juno award winning collaborator, and world renowned violinist, James Ehnes. Known as one of the most astounding violinists of the modern era, Ehnes will play one of the most celebrated and difficult post-Romantic era concertos in the violin repertoire: Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor. This final concert of the season will also include compositions by Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, and Italian violinist and composer Ottorino Respighi.