Vancouver Recital Society's 2011-12 season is big on baritones, pianists, and even Broadway
A Broadway singer, a bunch of baritones, some star pianists, and even a trumpet player are just a few of the highlights of the Vancouver Recital Society's just-announced 2011-2012 season.
Audra McDonald, a Tony Award-winning Broadway singer and star of the ABC television series Private Practice, will perform an evening made up largely of showtunes on October 11 at the Orpheum.
Elsewhere on the roster, acclaimed pianist Murray Perahia hits the same stage on March 8, 2012.
Other prominent pianists on the roster include Scotland's Steven Osborne and Finland's Juho Pohjonen, who had to cancel a VRS recital in 2010 due to the travel mayhem caused by the volcanic eruptions in Iceland.
For the first time in its 32-season history, the VRS is also presenting a trumpeter--Norway's Tine Thing Helseth, who recently performed at Carnegie Hall.
The season also features no less than four separate baritones, all of them making their Vancouver debuts: Christian Gerhaher with pianist András Schiff, Rodion Pogossov with pianist Mikhail Senovalov, Florian Boesch with pianist Roger Vignoles, and well-known British opera star Simon Keenlyside with pianist Malcolm Martineau.
The Elias String Quartet will make its local debut as well, as will Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanov.
More information is at www.vanrecital.com/.