One of the most critically-acclaimed violinists of a generation, Viviane Hagner makes her Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as part of a March line-up that includes music from around the world.
In Dances and Rhapsodies, Hagner will perform Glazunov’s brilliant Violin Concerto along with Bartok’s Dance Suite, written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest into the city of Budapest, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, a recollection of the composer’s childhood in what was then his northern Hungarian home town.
In mid-March the VSO welcomes back one of Canada’s all-time favourite artists, Louis Lortie, to play Chopin’s beautiful and romantic First Piano Concerto. The concert is conducted by John Storgårds, Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also features Canadian composer Dorothy Chang, and the Finlandia-like, Nordic landscapes of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.
Later in the month, the March installment of the Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets celebrates Great Russian Classics and internationally-renowned Scottish-Canadian singer John McDermott returns to the VSO’s London Drugs Pops series in honour of St. Patrick’s Day.
Next up is one for the younger music fans with the Vancouver premiere of The Hockey Sweater, based on Roch Carrier’s classic story. The afternoon concert celebrates growing up in Canada, exploring many things that make our culture unique, including, of course, our love of hockey. Ticket holders in attendance will also have a chance to win a signed jersey or a team-signed hockey stick from the Vancouver Canucks and to meet the Canuck’s mascot FIN. The BC Sports Hall of Fame will also be on site with a variety of hockey items, including a rare collection of hockey cards, and a special set of sweaters.
Finally, March comes to a close with the launch of the first annual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival. This inaugural Festival features Russian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk performing all five of Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra, the four piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. A new annual fixture on the Festival calendar, VSO SpringFest will feature a different composer or musical era each year.