Event Location: Orpheum Theatre

601 Smithe St
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3L4 • Canada

Event Location: Orpheum Theatre

VAM Orchestral Festival (VAMPJS/VAMJS/VAMIS/ABS/VPS)

Class Description: It’s a day of celebrating the joy of being in orchestra! Come to the Orpheum Theatre and enjoy performances by VAM’s Pre-Junior Symphony, Junior Symphony, and Intermediate Symphony orchestras as well as two ensembles from VAM’s Adult Learning Program - the Adult Beginner Strings and Vanier Park Symphony. 11:00 am Youth Orchestras (VAMPJS/VAMJS/VAMIS) Joseph Elworthy, conductor Enrelle & Keenan Ashong, violin Isabella Wang, violin Bonnie Wong, harp Buy Here 3:00 pm Adult Orchestras (ABS/VPS) Tawnya Popoff, Adult Beginner Strings conductor Joseph Elworthy, Vanier Park Symphony conductor Amanda Chan, piano Buy Here

VAMSO | Brahms Symphony No. 4

Class Description: Join the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in their season finale concert, presenting an all-Brahms program. The freshness and spontaneity of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances will prepare you for the Double Concerto in A minor to follow, featuring Nicholas Wright (VSO Concertmaster) and Joseph Elworthy (VAM President & CEO). This piece was the composer’s final work for orchestra and is sure to cast a spell on listeners. Concluding the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, a work with a dark and tragic character, reflective of the composer’s pondering of retirement, giving us a window into his innermost thoughts. Ian Parker, conductor Nicholas Wright, violin soloist Joseph Elworthy, cello soloist

VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by:

Adrienne S. Chan The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation The R & J Stern Family Foundation Vancouver Civic Theatres The City of Vancouver


VAMSO | Brahms Symphony No. 3

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Come inside from the cold and dream of snowy landscapes giving way to lush greenery with the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Opening the concert is Wagner’s symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll. To follow, Ashley Kim, winner of VAM’s 2021 Kay Meek Competition, performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, an exceptional piece full of power, broodiness, expressivity, and incredible demands of virtuosity. Just as outstanding is Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, the shortest of his four symphonies yet filled with sophistication, cohesiveness, and passion. One might hear the woods and forests as well, giving the promise of warmth to come.

Ian Parker, conductor

Ashley Kim, violin

VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by:

Adrienne S. Chan The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation The R & J Stern Family Foundation Vancouver Civic Theatres The City of Vancouver


VAMSO | Brahms Symphony No. 2

Class Description: Celebrate this holiday season with the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO) and a concert program filled with stories, drama, and fantasy. Sit tight in your seats for the rollercoaster ride of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and experience memorable, lyrical lines in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3, featuring the winner of the 2020 Kay Meek Competition, Chaeyeon Ally Yi, on violin. To complete the program, we bring you a holiday favourite in Tchaikovsky’s selections from The Nutcracker, transporting you to a land filled with sweets and confectionary, achieved through the composer’s witty use of instrumental colour and poignant harmonization, allowing you to indulge without the worry of cavities! VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by: Adrienne S. Chan The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation The R & J Stern Family Foundation Vancouver Civic Theatres The City of Vancouver

VAM Symphony Orchestra: The Planets

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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 Orpheum, VAMSO's performance of this iconic British masterwork will include image projections provided by H. R. MacMillan Space Centre.

In a special collaboration with the Canadian Music Competition Ambassador Concert Series, this concert features past CMC winners Tate Zawadiuk (VAM alumnus) and Ian Parker (VAMSO Music Director & Principal Conductor).

Ian Parker, conductor Tate Zawadiuk, cello

Repertoire: P. I. Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite P. I. Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme G. Holst, The Planets

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of foundation of the Canimex-Canadian Music Competition, this is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

À l’occasion du 60e anniversaire de fondation du Concours de musique du Canada-Canimex, ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement de 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au cœur de nos vies et dans l’ensemble du Canada.

Canimex Group, CMC Main Sponsor Groupe Canimex, commanditaire principal du CMC

1:30pm: pre-concert performance by VAM Intermediate Symphony 2:00pm: concert start time

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Online tickets are available until 12:00 noon on Friday, November 16. After this point tickets will be available at the door for cash or cheque, subject to availability. The Box Office will open at 1:00pm on Sunday, November 18.

Repertoire selections may be subject to change without notice.

Tickets are non-refundable.

VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by RBC Foundation & The R and J Stern Family Foundation.


VAM Symphony Orchestra: Pines of Rome

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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 pianist Henry From and a special appearance of VAM Choirs in "My Heart is Inditing", from Handel's iridescent Coronation Anthems.

Kathleen Allan, conductor Henry From, piano VAM Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program

Repertoire: O. Respighi, Pines of Rome M. Ravel, Piano Concerto G. Rossini, Overture to William Tell G. F. Handel, "My Heart is Inditing" from Coronation Anthems

1:30pm: pre-concert performance by VAM Choirs 2:00pm: concert start time

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Online tickets are available until 12:00 noon on Friday, February 8. After this point tickets will be available at the door for cash or cheque, subject to availability. The Box Office will open at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 10.

Repertoire selections may be subject to change without notice.

Tickets are non-refundable.

VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by RBC Foundation & The R and J Stern Family Foundation.


VAM Symphony Orchestra: Firebird Suite

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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" - joins conductor Ian Parker and VAMSO for Tchaikovsky's formidable yet passionately lyrical Piano Concerto No. 1.

Ian Parker, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Repertoire I. Stravinsky, Suite from The Firebird P. I. Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1

1:30pm: pre-concert performance by VAM Suzuki Program 2:00pm: concert start time

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Online tickets are available until 12:00 noon on Friday, May 10. After this point tickets will be available at the door for cash or cheque, subject to availability. The Box Office will open at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 12.

Repertoire selections may be subject to change without notice.

Tickets are non-refundable.

VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by RBC Foundation & The R and J Stern Family Foundation.


Marian Schreiber Suzuki Festival Concert

Class Description: Free admission: Since 1969, VAM's reputation has been built on the success of our Suzuki program with some of North America's most experienced instructors of this proven methodology. One of the most primary principles of the Suzuki method is the importance placed in music as a shared experience, reflected in this culminating festival where many young musicians come together to share the fruits of several hours of practice and the uninhibited joy of budding friendships based on a creative pursuit.

Marian Schreiber Suzuki Festival Concert

Class Description: Free Admission: Since 1969, VAM's reputation has been built on the success of our Suzuki program with some of North America's most experienced instructors of this proven methodology. One of the most primary principles of the Suzuki method is the importance placed in music as a shared experience, reflected in this culminating festival where many young musicians come together to share the fruits of several hours of practice and the uninhibited joy of budding friendships based on a creative pursuit.

VAM Symphony Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals

Class Description: 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 Kathleen Allan, conductor Christopher Gaze, narrator Christina Hutten, harpsichord VAM Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program Repertoire Camille Saint-Saëns, Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) Claude Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) Francis Poulenc, Concert champêtre (Pastoral Concerto) for harpsichord and orchestra Gabriel Fauré, Pavane Gabriel Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine  1:30pm: pre-concert performance by VAM Choirs 2:00pm: concert start time Cover image: Copilot Design Online tickets are available until 12:00pm noon on Friday, May 4. After this point tickets will be available at the door for cash or cheque, subject to availability. The Box Office will open at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 6. Repertoire selections may be subject to change without notice. Tickets are non-refundable. VAM's Orchestral Training Program is supported by RBC Foundation & The R and J Stern Family Foundation.