(This story is sponsored by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.)
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has had a very successful year. Last season alone, more than 270,000 people attended its movies series, kids programs, school of music, and outstanding masterworks concerts, including free performances at Sunset Beach and Deer Lake.
Now, in its 101st season, and after an incredible summer, there’s another reason to celebrate. That’s because the orchestra just won Best Local Classical Music Ensemble in the Straight’s Best of Vancouver (BOV) readers’ choice awards.
The VSO relies on the support of individuals, foundations, and corporations to make classical music affordable and accessible to all. In 2020, audiences can also look forward to another exceptional season of music-making, in addition to expanded programming.
The 7th annual New Music Festival will be kicking off the year with a diverse collection of contemporary musical discovery. Then, in March, audiences can join the VSO in a celebration of 250 years of Beethoven at BeethovenFEST.
For those who like to get a head-start on their weekend, the VSO will be continuing its popular Thursday evening AFTERWORK series. Guests are invited to the Orpheum Theatre for happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short format, no-intermission concert sponsored by John Fluevog Shoes an hour later. Audiences can then take the opportunity to mingle with the VSO musicians post-performance and still have time to make their dinner reservations.
Fans of the VSO will also be delighted to hear that the second-annual Day of Music celebration will be taking place once again in 2020. The inaugural event welcomed more than 14,000 people to the Orpheum Theatre and VSO School of Music, so be sure to stay tuned for this year’s announcement.
If one thing’s for certain, 2020 will be the VSO’s biggest and best yet.