Maestro Otto Tausk conducts members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Otto Tausk conducts members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Celebrating what would be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 255th birthday this year, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is celebrating from its new virtual home, TheConcertHall.ca, with a Month of Mozart.

The virtual mini-festival features Mozart’s first and last symphonies, the Gran Partita for wind ensemble, and music influenced by Mozart from Mahler, Alfred Schnittke, Friedrich Gulda, and former VSO Composer-In-Residence Jocelyn Morlock.

As we head into another year of turbulence, but with hope on the horizon, nothing seems more appropriate than to celebrate Mozart and his impact on our musical world. – VSO Maestro Otto Tausk

“Mozart always lifts the spirits,” says Maestro Otto Tausk in a media release. “As we head into another year of turbulence, but with hope on the horizon, nothing seems more appropriate than to celebrate Mozart and his impact on our musical world. This music brought much joy to me and the musicians of the VSO as we recorded it. I hope you will share in this emotion as we dive into a new year.”

Inspired by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, which offers audiences access to every concert that has been performed and recorded for a single monthly subscription fee, the VSO is the first orchestra in North America to adopt this model. In addition to monthly subscriptions, the VSO is also offering annual and weekly options.

The VSO plans to release more than 40 performances over this inaugural concert hall season, continuing to develop new ways to bring the concert experience to listeners with performances recorded in 360-degree views state-of-the-art audio and video technology while following strict social distancing protocols.

Following their release, most performances will remain available for viewing for the season’s duration, although some performances may be taken down due to performance and copyright permissions.

Visit theconcerthall.ca for more information.