Events

Welcome to VAM, a place of vibrancy where the inspiring nature of the performing arts is celebrated. Founded in 1969, VAM has been spreading a love of learning and musical excellence for generations of aspiring musicians. In addition to our primary focus as a centre of music education, VAM also acts as a central hub for concerts and cultural events, producing a wide variety of events – orchestra, chamber music, vocal theatre, recitals and masterclasses – which offer a wonderful opportunity to enrich your family’s cultural experience within VAM’s musical community.

Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition Finals

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 2:00pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: Named after an outstanding arts advocate and humanitarian, the Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition opens doors for the next generation. Eight talented students aged 14 and younger are selected from the preliminary rounds to receive tuition scholarships and perform in this finale concert to commemorate Edith Lando’s dedication to providing opportunities for youth.

Viano String Quartet Chamber Music Masterclass

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free admission for auditors Viano String Quartet Lucy Wang – Violin Hao Zhou – Violin Aiden Kane – Viola Tate Zawadiuk – Cello Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet are First Prize winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Formed in… Read more »

VAMSO | Resounding Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2:00pm

Orpheum Theatre

Experience the genius of Beethoven through this concert dedicated to his great works. The Overture to Fidelio reflects on heroism and triumph, and Piano Concerto No. 4 portrays dramatic dialogues between the soloist and orchestra. In keeping with the theme of joy and hope, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is sure to amaze with its colour, texture and harmonic progressions, leading to… Read more »

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Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition Finals

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: VAM’s Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition is designed to identify young, talented woodwind and brass students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Award recipients are provided with a performance opportunity and VAM scholarships.

Spring Orchestral Concerts

Saturday, March 7, 2020, Pre-Junior & Junior Orchestras: 6:00pm | Intermediate Orchestra: 7:30pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: Celebrate spring with VAM’s Pre-Junior, Junior, and Intermediate Symphonies and come enjoy works of music that evoke a sense of love, passion and fate, also featuring winners of the VAMJS and VAMIS Concerto Competitions. VAM’s Orchestral Training Program is supported by: PEAK The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation The R & J Stern Family… Read more »

Vanier Park Strings: Sacred and Profane Dances

Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:30pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: Vanier Park Strings celebrates the season of rejuvenation with pieces by Debussy and Mahler, evoking sentiments of beauty and love.

VAM Vocal Theatre Production : Dido and Aeneas

Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:00pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: VAM’s college voice department, led by Department Head Robyn Driedger-Klassen and Director Alan Corbishley, reinvigorates Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, a work that laid the foundation for English opera. 

VAM Vocal Theatre Production: Dido and Aeneas

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:00pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

Free Admission: VAM’s college voice department, led by Department Head Robyn Driedger-Klassen and Director Alan Corbishley, reinvigorates Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, a work that laid the foundation for English opera.

Young Composers Competition Reading Session

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:30pm

Mary Olson Hall at VAM

Free Admission: VAM Symphony Orchestra brings new works to life, written by the finalists of VAM’s 2020 Young Composers’ Competition.

Koerner Piano Trio: Bohemian Dances

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2:00pm

Koerner Recital Hall at VAM

A musical delight awaits in this trio of offerings: experience a front row seat to Beethoven’s ‘Kakadu’ Variations Op. 121a and hear this comic bird come alive before your very ears. Dvořák makes an appearance in Suk’s Trio Op. 2 in C minor, with its powerful opening chords that transition to a graceful folk dance and driving energy. The… Read more »

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