Arts hot ticket: Bach's Brandenburgs, Strange Beasts, and Orquestra Akokan

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      Bach’s Brandenburgs With Ton Koopman

      (November 15 and 17 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts)

      File this concert under “unmissable”. Celebrated keyboardist and conductor Ton Koopman is one of the most respected interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach. He joins the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra here to take on some of the Baroque master’s most monumental music. (Photo by Hans Morren.)

      Strange Beasts

      (November 15 at Koerner Recital Hall)

      The Vancouver Chamber Choir sings its way through the species, with works including Sweet Suffolk Owl, Bizarre Bestiaire, and Paul John Rudoi’s new arrangement of At every instant.

      Orquestra Akokan

      (November 16 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts)

      Defy the November damp with a blast of old-Havana heat as these Cuban all-stars bring the soaring horns and driving percussion of son cubano, salsa dura, and mambo to the West Coast.