Beethoven meets the Police and Edith Piaf in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 2020-21 season, its 102nd.
The third season with maestro Otto Tausk at the helm is a wildly diverse mix, featuring classical stars like cellist Mischa Maisky, violinists Itzhak Perlman and James Ehnes, and soprano Measha Brueggergosman alongside visits from Stewart Copeland, in an evening of music by the Police and Paul Shaffer in Symphony.
Movies like West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, Rocketman, Back to the Future, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will see their scores brought to life in special screenings.
And MahlerFest and eighth annual VSO New Music Festival happen in 2021.
Tausk has also commissioned new works from composers Barbara Croall, Samy Moussa, and Vivian Fung.
Summer 2021 brings a Symphonic PRIDE in celebration, a performance at the Bard on the Beach stage, the third annual Symphony at Sunset Beach, and the return of VSO at Deer Lake Park.
The full lineup and subscription info is here.
And the following are some of the highlights:
- September 18-19: Violin star James Ehnes performs Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, while Tausk leads German composer Richard Strauss’s A Hero’s Life, and debuts a work from Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Croall.
- October 2-3: Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland brings Police Deranged here, playing timekeeper to wild orchestral arrangements of '80s Police classics like "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle".
- October 9-10: The VSO plays Leonard Bernstein's iconic score for a live screening of a gorgeously remastered West Side Story.
- November 12: The Israel Philharmonic makes its only Canadian stop here.
- November 13 and 14: Canadian baritone Russell Braun and soprano Hélène Brunet to perform Brahms’ A German Requiem.
- January 14, 2021: String master Itzhak Perlman takes on the Bruch Violin Concerto.
- January 29-30: The VSO performs Matthew Margeson’s score live to a screening of Rocketman.
- February 5 to 14: MahlerFest pays tribute to the beloved composer, with guests Matthias Goerne, Hélène Grimaud, and Michael Schade.
- March 26 and 27: Paul Shaffer, longtime music director to David Letterman, leads a personal array of pop, R&B, and jazz tunes alongside juicy show-biz anecdotes.
- April 16 and 17: French conductor Marc Minkowski brings unique insight to a French-themed program that includes--bien sur--Ravel and Bizet.
- April 24-5: Star soprano Measha Brueggergosman is on hand for Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin's all-American program, including Copland's heady Appalachian Spring.
- June 4 and 5: Celebrated French vocalist Anne Carrere sings the hits of Edith Piaf.