Measha Brueggergosman will host VSO's presentation of Americana: Walker, Montgomery & Copeland

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      The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform one of its most anticipated virtual concerts on Friday (November 27).

      It will feature the music of the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, George Walker, along with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.

      Walker's Lyric for Strings will showcase acclaimed violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery, who's been honoured with the Leonard Bernstein Award from the New York–based ASCAP Foundation.

      Montgomery is the composer in residence at the Sphinx Virtuosi, which is comprised of 18 Black and Latinx soloists.

      The New York Philharmonic selected Jessie Montgomery as one of its featured composers to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted equal voting rights to women.
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      In the fall, VSO music director Otto Tausk told the Straight that Lyric for Strings was ideal for those whose lives have been turned upside-down during the pandemic because it's such a calm piece of music.

      “Many of us have lost dear friends and family and loved ones, which is, of course, a very sad situation,” the maestro said at the time. “I think music can help to find comfort.”

      Another treat is the host: Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

      She's not scheduled to sing at this event.

      But if you want to hear her amazing voice, you can watch the video below, which was filmed in 2008.

      Video: Watch Measha Brueggergosman deliver a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now".

      For more information about Americana: Walker, Montgomery & Copland, visit, where tickets are available at a very modest price.