Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Bramwell Tovey
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Bramwell Tovey

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.