The Vancouvery Symphony Orchestra hits the home stretch, as June marks the final month of concerts for its 2008/09 Season with just six performances in the month!
June concerts begin right off the bat with pianist Benjamin Hochman making his VSO debut on June 1st at the Orpheum. VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducts the orchestra in a concert that features a rarely performed Mozart piano concerto and the passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.
Next up is a classical blockbuster featuring Schubert’s Rosamunde and Mahler’s Symphony No.6. Mahler’s deeply tragic Symphony No.6 is one of the most extraordinary pieces of music ever written, one of the great canons of the symphonic literature. This concert is sure to be an epic musical experience; live concerts with music like this is why symphony orchestra’s exist.
Recognized as one of the most beloved musical figures of our time, the great Frederica von Stade (famously known as ‘Flicka’ worldwide) makes her VSO debut teamed up with Samuel Ramey, the world’s foremost operatic bass-baritone. A concert for the ages, these two extraordinary artists at the peak of their careers perform music by Gounod, Berlioz, Boito, Offenbach, Copland and Gershwin. Bramwell Tovey conducts.
The VSO’s Season Finale is a real barn-burner: Carl Orff’s celebrated Carmina Burana. This work is a musical setting of medieval poetry, from the sacred to the profane, from piety to drinking songs and debauchery. It also happens to be one of the wildest live concert experiences you can possibly have.
Tickets for all shows in this final season month are available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca.