VAM Symphony Orchestra

Ian Parker, Music Director & Principal Conductor
leslie dala, conductor emeritus

The Orpheum Series consists of VAM’s four main stage concerts in downtown Vancouver’s iconic venue, the Orpheum Theatre. On stage is the VAM Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO), which consists of more than 100 students performing seminal works of the Western orchestral tradition.  Graduates have continued their training at leading conservatories and universities such as Juilliard, Yale University, the Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University. Many VAMSO alumni populate the world’s finest orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to regular performances at the Orpheum Theatre and Kay Meek Arts Centre, VAMSO embarks on a special journey in July 2020 in celebration of VAM’s 50th anniversary, with a special invitation to tour China in eight cities including Beijing, Shenyang, Nanjing, and Shanghai.

VAM’s Orchestral Training Program is supported by:
The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
The R & J Stern Family Foundation

 

VAMSO | Postcards from Afar: Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

2:00pm, Sun 13th Oct 2019

Orpheum Theatre

Come herald VAMSO’s 2019/20 season with an exciting opening bound to captivate the imagination, starting with Strauss’ Overture to ‘Die Fledermaus’ and the beautiful, sweeping interplay of melody and harmony in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1. Filled with warm harmonies and engaging melodies, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 transports you to the bright and sunny landscapes of Italy bursting with youthful… Read more »

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VAMSO | From Graceful to Profane: Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich

2:00pm, Sun 24th Nov 2019

Orpheum Theatre

This dynamic Russian program features music from one of the most popular ballets of all time and one of the most famous love themes, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. The provocation continues as Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 impresses with excitement and technical virtuosity, performed by VAM’s very own President and CEO, Mr. Joseph… Read more »

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VAMSO | Resounding Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

2:00pm, Sun 01st Mar 2020

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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VAMSO | Fearless Adventures: Dvořák’s New World & Bruch with Jonathan Crow

2:00pm, Sun 10th May 2020

Orpheum Theatre

Embark on a grand and valiant journey in VAMSO’s 2019/20 season finale concert. Begin by enjoying a piece originally titled “Life”, depicting highly energetic scenes with boisterous crowds in Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, followed by Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1 that features lyrical beauty and emotional sincerity written for a master violinist. Round off the season with Dvořák’s Symphony No…. Read more »

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