The month of May is jam-packed with a thrilling array of musical choices, beginning with Russian piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk, playing Tchaikovsky’s rarely-performed Piano Concerto No. 2 (a piece that is not nearly as famous as its big brother, but just as exciting!). This Rubinstein Competition winner is without a doubt one of the top pianists of his generation, and he makes his VSO debut on this concert pair at the Orpheum and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. Next up is another young piano genius, eighteen-year old Ran Jia, also in her VSO debut. She will be highlighted in this all-Mozart Bach & Beyond series finale at the Chan Centre, and Beltone Symphony Sundays series finale at the Orpheum.
Moving along, the final Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse concert of the season features a new work by VSO Composer-In-Residence Scott Good titled …blood which flowed. The final Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets of the season is next, featuring local choir En Chor in an explosive concert of Musical Fireworks.
A spectacular London Drugs VSO Pops concert celebrates the beloved music of George Gershwin. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Canadian pianist Jon Nakamatsu and vocalist Doug LaBrecque are featured in some of the most memorable and enjoyable music ever written, including the delicious Rhapsody in Blue. Next up is the season’s final concert for the little ones: Tiny Tots Let’s Have a Playdate with Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda. Toddlers can play games to the classic music of Brahms. Older children can enjoy the fun Spectra Energy Kids Koncert How the Gimquat Found Her Song featuring renowned children’s entertainers Platypus Theatre. Through the captivating tale of an imaginary creature in search of her identity, this program explores the history of western music from Gregorian chant to the present day. With stops in Leipzig, Vienna, Berlin and New Orleans among many more, Gimquat and the children discover the music of the ages.
Last up in May is pianist Benjamin Hochman making his VSO debut, with VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama in a concert that features a rare Mozart piano concerto and the passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.
May is a month of concerts sure to thrill and excite Vancouver audiences, who will voraciously consume information about these extraordinary, world-renowned artists making their VSO debuts performing some of the greatest artistic works ever created in a remarkable month of concert events.