VAM Symphony Orchestra

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.

2016/17 highlights included sold-out performances of film music by John Williams and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with Goh Ballet, in addition to an appearance on Jocelyn Morlock’s CMC Centredisc album Halcyon. This season, VAMSO collaborates with Vancouver Bach Choir, violin duo Jonathan Chan & Jan Bislin, and several featured soloists to present everything from widely-known masterworks to world premieres.

VAM Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Emperor

2:00pm, Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Orpheum Theatre

Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Emperor In an all-Beethoven extravaganza, internationally acclaimed Ian Parker takes the helm of VAM Symphony Orchestra as conductor and soloist of the grand display of splendour that is the Piano Concerto No. 5, aptly nicknamed “Emperor”. The brilliant virtuosity of Beethoven’s stately concerto is accompanied by his Symphony No. 7,… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Requiem

2:00pm, Sun 12th Nov 2017

Orpheum Theatre

Thunderous rage and tremulous sincerity, riotous outcries and tender prayers; Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most celebrated Romantic masterworks. This powerful funeral mass reverberates with dramatic vigour in the Orpheum Theatre through the combined forces of VAM Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Bach Choir. Buy tickets here Leslie Dala, conductor Joslin Romphf Dennis, soprano Leah Giselle Field,… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: Brahms’ Symphony No. 1

2:00pm, Sun 18th Feb 2018

Orpheum Theatre

Slowly rising from the tremendous shadow of Beethoven’s symphonic works, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 was created with painstaking care over a period of 21 years.  This powerful contribution to the orchestral canon, formidable in its own right, is presented alongside Grieg’s Piano Concerto with 2017 Kay Meek Competition winner Hamilton Lau and a world premiere with violin duo Jonathan… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals

2:00pm, Sun 06th May 2018

Orpheum Theatre

From the graceful reverie of a faun to the lumbering waltz of an elephant, the French flair for musical imagery pervades Debussy’s dream-like Prélude à l’après–midi d’un faune and Saint-Saëns’ cavalcade of comical creatures, The Carnival of the Animals. Featuring Poulenc’s Concert champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra and VAM’s Mary Buckerfield White Choral program in works by Gabriel Fauré. Buy tickets here… Read more »

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