BBC Orchestra to perform on Valentine’s Day

Joell Grager

The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform Thursday in the Great Hall in the VPAC as part of their west coast U.S. tour for a night of classical music.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will feature four different orchestral pieces, Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes”
from “Peter Grimes,” Op. 33a, the cello concerto, Butterworth’s “The
Banks of Green Willow,” and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

“Peter Grimes” is considered one of Britain’s most famous operas, first performed in 1945. It follows the back story of a fisherman and the deaths of his two apprentices.

Tickets for the concert are either $35, $50 or $65 depending on preferred seating arrangements.

Conductor Keith Lockhart will be serenading the audience. Lockhart previously conducted for Boston Pops Orchestra for 15 years and has a diverse repertoire.

Cellist Sophie Shao will be performing Elgar’s cello concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Shao played in the U.S., Europe and Asia since she was 19 years old and she was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The BBC Concert Orchestra, now 60 years old, has become a world renowned and versatile orchestra. Beginning in 1952, it branched off from the BBC Opera Orchestra.

Their reputation spans from opera to ballet and musicals on media outlets on radio, TV and concert halls.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be visiting 13 cities for their U.S. tour this season.