Pianist Stewart Goodyear steps into VSO opening weekend at the last minute, replacing Khatia Buniatishvili

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      The Vancouver Symphony has announced that Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear will be performing at its three season-opening concerts this weekend (September 23 to 25) at the Orpheum Theatre.

      Goodyear was booked at the last minute to replace originally scheduled pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.

      Khatia Buniatishvili

      "Due to unforeseen personal circumstances," reads a news release, "pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is unable to travel to Vancouver to perform with the VSO. Both the VSO and Vancouver audiences were greatly looking forward to her VSO debut, and hope that she can make her way to Vancouver for a future collaboration."

      The previously scheduled concert program will remain the same, with Goodyear joining the symphony and conductor Otto Tausk in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Ravel’s ballet score Daphnis et Chloe.

      And in memory of former Vancouver Symphony music director and conductor Maestro Bramwell Tovey, who passed away in July, the VSO will perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations--Nimrod.

      To learn more about the Stewart Goodyear concerts, and to purchase tickets, visit the VSO website here.