Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra – A Giveaway

The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra will perform a spell-binding program of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2pm in the stunning Orpheum Theatre.

Symphonie Fantastique, famously referred to as “psychedelic” by late conductor Leonard Bernstein is hailed by The Guardian as “the most innovative symphony of the 19th century”. French composer Hector Berlioz wrote the semi-autobiographical work in 1830 as an ode to his unrequited love for a beautiful actor. The symphony has been described as hallucinatory at times, as it is thought that Berlioz composed parts of it whilst under the influence of opium. With the motifs and arrangement far beyond its time, the Symphonie, nevertheless, secured Berlioz place as a trailblazer of his era.

An innovative composer in his own right, Benton Roark, nominated the 2016 Western Canadian Music Award’s Composer of the Year, will unveil his newest creation A Stitch in Time. Echoing Berlioz’ phantasmic style, this work draws from Italo Calvino’s fantasy novel, Invisible Cities, and is described by Roark as an “orchestral tone poem”.

The performances by more than 100 young virtuoso musicians will also feature a solo by the 40th annual Kay Meek Competition winner Caitlin Wong.

As usual for VAMSO performances, tickets start at only $10, and it will be a fun, family-friendly event.

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