Bryan Adams returns, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates new music, and the PuSh Festival gets an early start in this weeks picks on Vancouver stages.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams returns to his roots with a tour to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the multi-million selling album Reckless (Jan 14). Originally released in 1984, Reckless produced a record six hits – “Run to You”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”, “One Night Love Affair” and “It’s Only Love” a duet with the incomparable Tina Turner. Reckless also gave Bryan his first U.S. #1 on Billboard with “Heaven” as well as a Diamond Award for over a million copies sold in Canada. The album was the turning point in Adams’ career, resulting in his hugely successful World Wide in ’85 Tour.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The second annual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival (Jan 15-18) is dedicated to showcasing works by contemporary composers. The festival welcomes back contemporary ensemble Standing Wave to once again open the four day long festival, and Vancouver’s own Phoenix Chamber Choir makes their VSO debut. Core VSO musicians Christie Reside and Nick Wright will also be featured playing progressive concertos by Canadian composers. Each evening will include a pre-concert talk with the composers and a short pre-concert performance by young artists.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]The PuSh Festival gets an early start with the Arts Club Theatre Company co-presentation of Bullet Catch (Jan 15-Feb 7). Billed as a “theatrical event unlike any other” the centerpiece of this evening of the mystical is the bullet catch itself, an act so dangerous that even Houdini didn’t dare try it and one that has claimed many lives since its inception in 1613.