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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra launches 2020-2021 Season with Livestreamed Concert

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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One event on September 27, 2020 at 2:30pm


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will launch its 2020-21 season with a live streamed concert from Skyview Concert Hall that patrons can enjoy from home.

The Sept. 26 performance will feature a reduced orchestra and will be streamed live from Skyview Concert Hall, without an in-person audience (in accordance with Washington State’s guidelines for Phase 2). The broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the highly anticipated premiere of the VSO pre-concert show featuring prominent local podcast producer, Ashley Hall, and Vancouver’s favorite host Greg Scholl. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The performance and the show will be re-broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 27, starting at 2:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 3 p.m.

The orchestra will be led by award-winning conductor Maestro Ken Selden. Maestro Selden made his Vancouver debut in the summer of 2018 leading the VSO in a critically acclaimed open-air Summer Concert as part of the “Six to Sunset” Series.

The program will include works by two prominent African American composers – William Grant Still and Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker – as well as audience favorite Elgar’s Serenade, Vivaldi’s Concerto Alla Rustica and Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus”. The concert will culminate with the performance of Shostakovich’s monumental Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. Barshai) composed “in memory of victims of fascism and war.” Oregon Public Broadcasting’s President and CEO, Steve Bass, will be the emcee for the performances.

Tickets are free with the season subscription. Single tickets are $30. Available online or by calling 360-735-7278. All current season ticket holders will receive a secure individualized email link in order to access live-stream of the performances. Single tickets to view the live-stream are on sale now. A secure individualized email link will be emailed to each single ticket buyer. The VSO’s tech support team will be on standby to assist viewers with any issues logging in during the performances.

Two physicians on the VSO board of directors – Drs. Michael Liu and David Smith – helped to develop the safety protocols for the musicians in coordination with the Washington Health Department. In order to minimize the risk of infection among musicians, wind and brass instruments will not be included for this performance. Musicians will perform at an appropriate distance and wear face masks. The size of the orchestra will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing.

The Vancouver Symphony’s previously scheduled program for September – which included the appearance of internationally renowned piano virtuoso, Alexander Toradze – is now scheduled for April of 2021. The VSO is working closely with the Department of Health to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and will be adjusting the season’s programming accordingly.

Due to current travel restrictions in both the Unites States and Europe, Maestro Salvador Brotons will not be able to join the VSO for this concert. The VSO hopes that Maestro will join them for their upcoming performances in November, depending on safety guidelines in place at that time.

The VSO, now in its 42nd season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington’s arts community, providing symphony music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community. For more information, visit vancouversymphony.org.

Above image: Ken Selden, photograph provided by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra


September 26
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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WA United States