One of the special gems of British Columbia if not North America itself is the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (www.vancouversymphony.ca). Conducted often by its profoundly artistic Music Director, composer and pianist Maestro Bramwell Tovey, the “VSO” always delivers important and beautiful classical musical programs in the Northwest, acts as a showcase for the world’s greatest musical talents, presents and records excellent music for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, serves as a laboratory for up-and-coming Canadian artists, new musical compositions and English language Opera, and is a forum that features Canada’s best and most gifted musicians.
Sadly, the VSO has been a secret from California audiences, as it has not seen a West Coast American tour seen 1979. But that drought is over. A deluge of music from the VSO is in the process of showering itself all over the West Coast and California in the next week or two, with performances scheduled to include Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater at 4 pm Sunday, January 27th; the Soka Performing Arts Center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo at 8 pm on Monday, January 28th; and 8 pm Tuesday, January 29th at the McCallum Theater for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert.
Maestro Tovey himself with be conducting the very lively Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, and there will be a performance of the famous, difficult, romantic and beautiful Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor by Jon Kimura Parker, a highly accomplished pianist who has been awarded “The Order of Canada”, the country’s highest civilian honor. Composer-in-residence Edward Top’s “Totem”, a VSO commissioned original piece, is also making its World Premiere during the tour. Classical music fans will absolutely love this up-lifting set of performances. For ticket details see the website listed above.
Photo of Maestro Bramwell Tovey courtesy Vancouver 125, Flickr.