The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is making the Valley Performing Art Center their third stop in their 2013 U.S. West Coast Tour. With an orchestra of 73 musicians, the VSO will be performing Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m.
The VSO is part of their community by organizing concerts for local elementary schools and giving students the opportunity to meet the musicians and show the students how it is to prepare for a performance.
2008 Grammy Award winning musician for Best Instrumental Soloist, Bramwell Tovey, will conduct the VSO. Tovey is a guest conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summer Time Classics Series at Avery Fisher Hall.
Jon Kimura Parker will also join the performance as guest pianist. Parker has performed as a guest with other orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and other international orchestras. Their repertoire contains songs composed by Edvard Grieg, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers.
Parker has been a professor of Piano at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University and has lectured at Julliard School, the Steans Institute, New York University and Yale University.
The VSO’s West Coast Tour started on January 23 and will end on February 1st and it includes performances in Washington, Nevada, California and Arizona with eight performances total and four of them are in California.
The VSO will be performing once at the VPAC and there are still seats available. You can purchase a ticket through ticketmaster.com or at the box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour before the performance. The prices to see the third largest orchestra west of Ontario at the VPAC range from $35, $50 and $65.