WE ASKED THOSE IN THE KNOW TO REVEAL THEIR SEASON’S HIDDEN GEMS
“In early November, we’ll feature [Sir Edward] Elgar’s colossal work for three vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, in which an everyman character faces death, meets his guardian angel, and stands before his god to seek the promise of everlasting glory. It is epic!” says Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
“Strings are Vetta’s thing, so if I had to choose one program, it would be Seriously Strings, which brings together six of Vancouver’s finest musicians performing [Peter Ilich] Tchaikovsky’s famous sextet and [Wolfgang Amadeus] Mozart’s quintessential says Joan Blackman, artistic director of Vetta Chamber Music.
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER, VIOLIN WITH ROBERT KULEK, PIANO
“After his stunningly successful VRS performances at the Chan Centre in 2006 and 2008, we’ve been trying to bring Nikolaj Znaider back to Vancouver for the best part of a decade. He’s hugely successful and in demand in Europe, both as a violinist and conductor, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get him back to Vancouver. We seized it!” says Leila Getz, artistic director of the Vancouver Recital Society.
YOSHIHARA + SAWAI (JAPAN)
“Among the rich offerings of VNM’S 2017-18 season, we are excited to welcome ancestral and radical sounds from two of Japan’s most celebrated musicians devoted to new sounds and composition [Sumire Yoshihara, percussion, and Kazue Sawai, koto]. This will be a unique and rare opportunity to experience two amazing sound explorers of the Japanese contemporary-music scene,” says Giorgio Magnanensi, artistic director of Vancouver New Music.
TAKE 6 IN CONCERT
“Chor Leoni’s Vanman Male Choral Festival has become a phenomenon for singers and audiences alike, and in our 25th year, we are proud to present the most decorated a cappella group of all time, TAKE 6, to this year’s weekend festival,” says Erick Lichte, conductor of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.
(Presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on November 4 and 6 at the Orpheum) Dream of Gerontius,
The (Presented by Vetta Chamber Music on November 23 and 24 at West Point Grey United Church, and November 26 at Pyatt Hall) Souvenir de Florence Quintet in G Minor,” (Presented by the Vancouver Recital Society on February 4 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts) (Presented by Vancouver New Music on March 17 at the Annex)
(Presented by Chor Leoni on April 6 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre)