Metro Theatre presents Aladdin as its annual holiday panto.
Metro Theatre presents Aladdin as its annual holiday panto.

This week on Vancouver stages it is all about holiday traditions and music legends.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s holiday-favourite Traditional Christmas (Dec 11-21) concerts get into full swing this week.  One of the hottest tickets in Vancouver during the Christmas season, the concerts feature the orchestra live in 15 performances at six different venues across the Lower Mainland to help you get in the mood for the holiday season. Led by the VSO’s Associate Conductor, Gordon Gerrard, the concerts include music, seasonal readings, as well as the UBC Opera Ensemble and Enchor.  With every performance sold out last year you may want to get your tickets early.

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended 2014 World Tour (Dec 11) to Vancouver. With a career and repertoire spanning decades between Genesis and his outstanding solo work, this will be the last opportunity for fans to see Hackett perform a whole set from the seminal prog band’s catalogue.

Community theatre group Metro Theatre, now in its 52nd season, presents a mainstay of their season with its annual holiday pantomime.  This year the classic tale of Aladdin (Dec 12-Jan 3) gets the traditional British treatment complete with topical humour, double entendres for the adults and, of course, lots of audience participation.  Long-time Metro director Catherine Morrison writes and directs this year’s show, with a cast of over thirty.