What’s better than checking out a free concert? Choosing between 100 of them.
On June 10, Vancouver's streets will come alive with the sound of music during the biggest day of the year for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and the VSO School of Music (VSO SoM); the Day of Music.
The annual event, now in its fourth year, returns with over 100 free concerts spanning various genres, set to take place across 13 stages in Vancouver.
Organized by the VSO and local musicians, Day of Music aims to bring free, celebratory music to British Columbians, showcasing the local music scene and the power music has in creating connections. The event reflects VSO's mission to break down barriers to orchestral music and help new audiences discover a variety of genres.
"Day of Music offers a glimpse into everything the Vancouver music scene has to offer, from our phenomenal orchestra to a range of diverse genres and musical traditions. It's a great opportunity for music lovers to sample the music buffet that is Vancouver," said Angela Elster, President & CEO of the VSO and VSO SoM.
From 10am to 10pm, performances will be held at various locations across the Lower Mainland, including the Orpheum, Pyatt Hall at the VSO SoM, and pop-up venues like the Vancouver Convention Centre and TELUS Garden office buildings. Those outside the Lower Mainland can check out over 20 on-demand performances at DayofMusic.ca.
The main event of the day will be a free concert from the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 8pm, conducted by VSO Music Director Otto Tausk at the Orpheum. This special concert will feature an eclectic mix, from pieces by late VSO Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey, performed by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, to beloved classics by Mozart, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, and a nod to pop culture with John Williams' Imperial March.
Family-friendly events include a free introduction to music at the VSO SoM Mini Music Maker class, with performances from artists like Amir Eslami, Will Clements, and funk band Cookin’ with Brass.
When: Saturday, June 10
Time: 10am to 10pm
Where: 13 stages across the Lower Mainland