Rush's Geddy Lee to appear at virtual VSO gala fundraiser

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      Canadian rock legend Geddy Lee will take part in a a virtual music and storytelling event to benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on February 18.

      Now hold on; don't get too giddy for Geddy. He won't be jamming with the VSO on an orchestral version of "Tom Sawyer" or anything.

      But the Rush singer-bassist will be speaking about resilience at the gala fundraising event, which is titled The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience.  

      "Join host Steve Maddock, Maestro Otto Tausk, and the musicians of the VSO for an evening of music and stories," reads the info on the VSO website. "With special guest virtual appearances and stories of resilience from James Ehnes, Itzhak Perlman, Measha Brueggergosman, k.d. lang, Geddy Lee, Steven Page, Jens Lindemann, Stewart Goodyear, Bria Skonberg, Red Robinson, and more.

      "Stories you never get to hear--the missed flight; the story behind the story of the delayed start; the imposter Maestro; what the VSO did when Queen Latifah became ill two days before she was to appear with the VSO; stories of intrigue and mystery--all accompanied by inspiring music, amazing food, wine and ambiance--in the comfort and safety of your own home.

      "Please note," continues the info, lest rabid Rush fans get the wrong idea, "special guests are appearing virtually to share their support for music, resilience in the arts, and the VSO in this benefit event. They will not be performing with the VSO."

      The event starts at 6:30 pm Pacific time, and you can find tickets here.