After a year of innovation, digital recording and virtual performances, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (“VSO”) and Vancouver Civic Theatres (“VCT”) welcome back the first live audiences to the historic Orpheum Theatre in over a year for four performances on June 19 and 26, 2021.
VSO Hosts First In-Person Concert of 2021
- When: Saturday June 19 at 10:10am & 2:40pm & Saturday June 26 at 10:10am & 2:40pm
- Where: Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St, Vancouver)
- Tickets: Members of the public can enter to win tickets to the June 19 performances via an online entry form
Following the announcement of BC’s successful move to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Reopening Plan, the VSO will perform four concerts for fifty person audiences, in compliance with provincial health orders. The audience will include front-line workers, members of the media, special guests, and lucky members of the public who can enter a draw to win seats at the performances.
“There has been so much sacrifice this year on so many fronts. We are grateful to everyone who is working to bring us all through this pandemic. The VSO lives to connect people through music. We are overjoyed that are we now taking the first steps towards normalcy,” says Angela Elster, President & CEO of the VSO.
The four concerts, taking place in the morning and afternoon of June 19 and 26, each feature a different program. Highlights include a performance by the iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Steven Page, a quartet for four violas including VSO’s new principal violist Hung-Wei Huang, and a concerto for seven wind instruments and string orchestra by Swiss composer Frank Martin.
The VSO and the VCT will follow all government guidelines and will ask audience members to maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times when inside the theatre. There will be additional health and safety guidelines provided to guests before the concert. Performances will be recorded for distribution at a later date.