VAM Symphony Orchestra

Ian Parker, Music Director & Principal Conductor
Kathleen Allan, Associate 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.

Recent highlights include sold-out performances of film music by John Williams and Verdi’s Requiem in addition to an appearance on Jocelyn Morlock’s CMC Centredisc album Halcyon. This season, VAMSO collaborates with VAM’s choral program, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and 12 winners of VAM’s most prestigious competitions to present everything from widely-known masterworks to world premieres.

 

VAM Symphony Orchestra: Next Generation BC

2:00pm, Sun 07th Oct 2018

Orpheum Theatre

See the next generation of musical stars take the spotlight in VAMSO’s 2018/19 season opening concert! The culmination of Vancouver Academy of Music’s two flagship competitions converge to form a spectacular extravaganza of prodigious young talent, featuring the winners of VAM’s Orpheum Theatre Concerto Competition as soloists and world premieres by winners of VAM’s Young… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: The Planets

2:00pm, Sun 18th Nov 2018

Orpheum Theatre

Presented in collaboration with Canadian Music Competition Ambassadors Concert Series / Série de concerts des ambassadeurs Inspired by the luminous night sky, Holst’s The Planets swirls with the energy of the cosmos and invokes seven colossal astrological characters in one of the most loved works of the 20th century. Bringing the firmament underneath the opulent arches of the… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: Pines of Rome

2:00pm, Sun 10th Feb 2019

Orpheum Theatre

A magnificent excursion awaits in Respighi’s Pines of Rome, a stunningly vivid tone poem depicting pine trees that shelter playful children, loom over catacombs, stand moonlit on a hill, and flank a triumphant military march. Under the baton of conductor Kathleen Allan, these portraits of a timeless city are presented alongside the brilliancy of Ravel’s Piano Concerto with… Read more »

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VAM Symphony Orchestra: Firebird Suite

2:00pm, Sun 12th May 2019

Orpheum Theatre

Evoking the radiant verdure of an enchanted garden, VAM Symphony Orchestra brings the 2018/19 season to an exhilarating close with Stravinsky’s vibrant, folk-inspired Suite from The Firebird. In an afternoon of monumental Russian masterworks, internationally renowned pianist and VAM alumnus Jon Kimura Parker – hailed by the New York Times as “an insightful, energetic soloist” –… Read more »

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