VSO season opens with romantic French classics

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s season is beginning with romantic French classics and rising talent, 23 year-old Canadian pianist, Avan Yu.

Avan YuRomantic French classics are on tap for the opening weekend of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), with music by two of the greatest French composers: Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel. VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey will conduct the opening season concerts which will also feature 23 year-old Canadian pianist, Avan Yu.

No newcomer to playing with the VSO, Yu first played with the Symphony at age 14. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Yu is currently studying at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin. Last season, Yu toured Atlantic Canada, performed in Montreal and Toronto and made his debuts in Austria, England, and at the prestigious Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany.

Yu will perform Piano Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns which contains several impressions of composer’s journey to North Africa in 1895: the blinding brightness of an Egyptian morning (first movement), the twilight croaking of frogs in the Nile valley (second movement), and in the finale, the sound of a ship’s propellers. The second movement is particularly evocative as it includes a Nubian love song that Saint-Saëns heard sung by boatmen, then jotted down on his shirt cuff. Together, these reminiscences have earned the concerto its nickname, Egyptian.

The concert also includes Maurice Ravel’s ballet Daphnis & Chloe, one of his most well-known and well-loved masterpieces.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Weekend
Saturday & Monday, September 25 & 27, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, September 26, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey conductor
Avan Yu piano

Tickets: $26.75 – $84 available online or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434.

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