History will be made for Maestro Bramwell Tovey, two dance artists come together and the work of Robert Chaplin is celebrated this week.
[pullquote]An event 13 years in the making, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Tovey will have conducted all nine symphonies of Romantic-era composer Gustav Mahler’s catalogue with the VSO.[/pullquote]History will be made on the Orpheum stage as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Bramwell Tovey completes his Mahler Cycle with Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (May 24&26). With the culmination of this symphonic cycle, Tovey will have conducted all nine symphonies of Romantic-era composer Gustav Mahler’s catalogue with the VSO. Concerts of this magnitude are particularly rare as not only it is exceptional for a conductor to be able to conduct all nine symphonies, it is even more extraordinary for a conductor to be able to conduct them all with the same orchestra within their music directorship. Maestro Tovey will join only a handful of other modern-era composers who have ever done this.
At first glance dance artists Noam Gagnon and Nova Bhattacharya seem to come from completely different worlds, but a closer look reveals their shared passion for mining personal experience to create revealing and transcendent performances. DVote (27-31 May) is their investigation into the dichotomies that separate devotion and submission, the profound and the profane, and sexuality and spirituality.
The UNIT/PITT Gallery presents an exhibition of the work of Vancouver artist Robert Chaplin in Robert Chaplin: About Time (through June 28). As the show’s title implies, it is a long-overdue critical look at the prolific and varied work Chaplin has produced, including works in stone, paper, canvas, and metal.