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BARRY DOUGLAS PLAYS RACHMANINOFF CLASSICS OF BROADWAY J U R ASSI C PAR K A SI NAT R A CE L E B R AT I O N WI T H TO NY D E SAR E THE MUSIC OF PRINCE A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS OTTO TAUSK CO N D U C T S B R A H M S A N D DVO Ř Á K V I VA L D I ’ S F O U R S E AS O N S

NOVE M B E R, 2017 TO JAN UARY, 2018


VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRAMWELL TOVEY MUSIC DIRECTOR KAZUYOSHI AKIYAMA CONDUCTOR LAUREATE WILLIAM ROWSON ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR*

JOCELYN MORLOCK COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE MARCUS GODDARD COMPOSER-IN-ASSOCIATION

FIRST VIOLINS Nicholas Wright, Concertmaster

ENGLISH HORN Beth Orson

BASS TROMBONE Ilan Morgenstern

CLARINETS Jeanette Jonquil, Principal

TUBA Peder MacLellan, Principal

Alexander Morris, Assistant Principal Michelle Goddard

Aaron McDonald, Principal

Marsha & George Taylor Chair

Ron and Ardelle Cliff Chair

Timothy Steeves, Acting Associate Concertmaster

William and Irene McEwen Chair

Boson Mo, Acting Assistant Concertmaster

Angela Schneider

Professors Mr. and Mrs. Ngou Kang Chair

CELLOS Principal Cello

Nezhat and Hassan Khosrowshahi Chair

Janet Steinberg, Acting Principal Robert G. and Suzanne Brodie Chair Zoltan Rozsnyai, Jae-Won Bang Assistant Principal Mary Sokol Brown Olivia Blander Mrs. Cheng Koon Lee Chair

Jenny Essers Akira Nagai, Associate Concertmaster Emeritus § Jennie Press Xue Feng Wei Rebecca Whitling Yi Zhou SECOND VIOLINS Jason Ho, Principal Karen Gerbrecht, Associate Principal

Jim and Edith le Nobel Chair

Jeanette Bernal-Singh, Assistant Principal Cassandra Bequary Adrian Shu-On Chui Daniel Norton Ann Okagaito Ashley Plaut VIOLAS Andrew Brown, Acting Principal Emilie Grimes, Acting Associate Principal Dr. Malcolm Hayes and Lester Soo Chair

Stephen Wilkes, Assistant Principal Lawrence Blackman

Estelle and Michael Jacobson Chair

Tegen Davidge Matthew Davies

Chair in Memory of John S. Hodge

Robert G. and Suzanne Brodie Chair TIMPANI

BASS CLARINET Gerhard and Ariane Bruendl Chair Alexander Morris Natasha Boyko E-FLAT CLARINET Mary and Gordon Christopher Chair Michelle Goddard Charles Inkman BASSOONS Luke Kim Julia Lockhart, Principal Cristian Márkos Sophie Dansereau, Assistant Principal BASSES Dylan Palmer, § Gwen Seaton Principal CONTRABASSOON Evan Hulbert, Sophie Dansereau Associate Principal FRENCH HORNS Noah Reitman, Assistant Principal Oliver de Clercq, Principal David Brown Russell Rybicki J. Warren Long Frederick Schipizky FLUTES Christie Reside, Principal Ron and Ardelle Cliff Chair

Chris James, Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo Rosanne Wieringa

Arthur H. Willms Family Chair

Werner and Helga Höing Chair

David Haskins, Associate Principal Andrew Mee

Winslow and Betsy Bennett Chair

Richard Mingus, Assistant Principal

PERCUSSION Vern Griffiths, Principal Martha Lou Henley Chair

Michael Jarrett Tony Phillipps HARP Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, Principal PIANO, CELESTE Linda Lee Thomas, Principal Carter (Family) Deux Mille Foundation Chair

ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER Pippa Williams MUSIC LIBRARIAN Minella F. Lacson ASSISTANT MUSIC LIBRARIAN Alex Clark HEAD CARPENTER Paul McManus HEAD ELECTRICIAN Brendan Keith

Michael and Estelle Jacobson Chair TRUMPETS

PIANO TECHNICIAN Thomas Clarke

PICCOLO Chris James

HEAD SOUND Alex Livland

Hermann and Erika Stölting Chair

OBOES Roger Cole, Principal

Wayne and Leslie Ann Ingram Chair

Beth Orson, Assistant Principal Karin Walsh

Larry Knopp, Principal Marcus Goddard, Associate Principal Vincent Vohradsky

W. Neil Harcourt in memory of Frank N. Harcourt Chair

TROMBONES Brian Wendel, Principal Gregory A. Cox

Paul Moritz Chair

The Stage Crew of the Orpheum Theatre are members of Local 118 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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CONCERTS 9 NOVEMBER 18, 19 / TELUS: VSO at the Movies:

Jurassic Park / Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

13 NOVEMBER 25, 26, 27 / Goldcorp Masterworks Gold / Rogers Group Financial Symphony Sundays / Lawrence Renes, conductor, Barry Douglas, piano

19 NOVEMBER 30 / Tea & Trumpets: Festivals & Marches /

William Rowson, conductor, Christopher Gaze, host, Ireh Kim, marimba

23 DECEMBER 1, 2 / London Drugs VSO Pops: Classic Broadway /

Jeff Tyzik, conductor, Lisa Vroman, vocalist, Doug LaBrecque, vocalist

27 DECEMBER 4 / Specials: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince /

William Rowson, conductor, Mackenzie Green, vocalist, Andrew Gouché, bass

33 DECEMBER 6 / Specials: A Jann Arden Christmas, with the VSO / William Rowson, conductor, Jann Arden, vocalist

39 DECEMBER 15, 16, 17 / Specials: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons / Philippe Quint, violin/leader, Christie Reside, flute

45 JANUARY 4 / Tea & Trumpets: A Baroque Celebration /

William Rowson, conductor, Christopher Gaze, host, Emma Hoglund, piano

49 JANUARY 5, 6 / London Drugs VSO Pops: A Sinatra Celebration /

John Morris Russell, conductor Tony DeSare, vocalist, Ed Decker, guitar, Dylan Shamat, bass, Michael Klopp, drums

57 JANUARY 7 / OriginO Kids’ Koncerts: Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage / William Rowson, conductor, Classical Kids

61 JANUARY 13, 14, 15 / Goldcorp Masterworks Gold / Rogers Group Financial Symphony Sundays / Otto Tausk, conductor, Harriet Krijgh, cello

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The Vancouver Symphony Society is grateful to the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia and the BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver for their ongoing support. The combined investment in the VSO by the three levels of government annually funds over 28% of the cost of the orchestra’s extensive programs and activities. This vital investment enables the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to present over 150 life-enriching concerts in 16 diverse venues throughout the Lower Mainland and Whistler, attract some of the world’s best musicians to live and work in our community, produce Grammy® and Juno® award-winning recordings, tour domestically and internationally, and, through our renowned educational programs, touch the lives of over 50,000 children annually.

MÉLANIE JOLY, MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE AND OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

JOHN HORGAN, PREMIER OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

GREGOR ROBERTSON, MAYOR OF VANCOUVER

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MESSAGES FROM

FRED G. WITHERS

KELLY TWEEDDALE

THE VSO CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT

Hello Friends,

Welcome!

Our 99th Anniversary Season is off to a wonderful start with an early highlight being a B.C. Tour, which saw Maestro Tovey, guest artist Marion Newman and the Orchestra perform to sold-out audiences in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Chilliwack. Off podium, Maestro Tovey, Ms. Newman and Orchestra members visited school music programs and were hosted by First Nations communities.

The greatest virtue of a symphony orchestra is its diversity and ability to present a wide range of repertoire and styles of music for its community. Over the next two months, the VSO will do just that! We are excited to present music that ranges from the live in-concert screening of Jurassic Park as the opening program of VSO at the Movies Series (Nov. 18-19) generously presented by TELUS, the Cherniavsky Laureate pianist Barry Douglas with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Nov. 25-27), Classics of Broadway (Dec. 1-2), a special Christmas concert with the iconic Canadian singer Jann Arden (Dec. 6), and of course our Traditional Christmas program (Dec. 8-17) with 13 concerts throughout the Lower Mainland performed in six different venues featuring the incomparable Christopher Gaze as host.

The VSO believes that music is vital and essential to a well-rounded education and enriching life. As part of our commitment to bring the incredible world of symphonic music to people of all ages and ethnicities we have developed thirteen distinct educational programs that reach over 50,000 children annually. We are proud to once again present two sets of Elementary School Concerts in November and March this season. Over 400 schools and home school groups from throughout the Lower Mainland will be bringing over 25,000 children to hear the Orchestra perform at these weekday morning concerts. An entertaining combination of orchestral music, theatre and video technology, these concerts provide students from kindergarten to grade 7 with a fun, educational and interactive live music experience. Our November school concerts are titled “Let’s Dance” and welcomes dancers from the Goh Ballet Academy & Youth Company. We are very grateful to Industrial Alliance Pacific for generously sponsoring this series, and to TELUS for being our Premier Education Partner. In addition to the Elementary School Concerts, we are proud to present the Sunday afternoon Kids' Koncerts Series and the Friday and Saturday morning Tiny Tots Series. There is still time to subscribe to these series, and to treat your children or grandchildren to the joys of classical music. And of course, if you or any of your loved ones would like to begin or continue study of a musical instrument, the exciting VSO School of Music is right next door to the Orpheum Theatre! Lessons are available for classical, jazz, vocal, early years, and world music for students of any age and ability. Detailed information can be found at vsoschoolofmusic.ca.

We will also be shining the spotlight on the talent of our own orchestra members and students of the VSO School of Music. Principal flute Christie Reside will perform Telemann’s Concerto for Flute and Violin with Philippe Quint in our Vivaldi’s Four Seasons program (Dec. 15-17) which will be expanding from two concerts at the Chan Centre to an added concert in New Westminster at the Massey Theatre. VSO School of Music 2017 Future of Excellence awardwinners Ireh Kim and Emma Hoglund will make their VSO debuts at Tea & Trumpets (Nov. 30 & Jan. 4) — an incredible treat to see young local talent take the next step in their performance lives. We are also excited about the return of Music Director Designate Otto Tausk to the podium (Jan. 13-15) for the VSO debut of Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and the Dvořák Cello Concerto. These concerts give us a brief glimpse of what is yet to come when Maestro Tausk joins the VSO for his inaugural season and the orchestra’s 100th anniversary in 2018/2019.

Thank you for joining us for today’s concert.

Thank you for being here and making music such an important part of your life!

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PRESENTS:

CONCERT PROGRAM

AT THE MOVIES SPECIALS | ORPHEUM, 7PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

SPECIALS | ORPHEUM, 2PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park transports us to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before…a world in which dinosaurs once again rule the earth. Now audiences can experience the full ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing the magnificent John Williams score LIVE to picture. Welcome...to Jurassic Park! Jurassic Park TM & © Universal Studios

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JOHN WILLIAMS

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS

JOHN WILLIAMS composer In a career spanning five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices. He has composed the music for more than one hundred films, including all seven Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone and The Book Thief. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

OF THE

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY SOCIETY will be held on

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

5:00pm

Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver

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Mr. Williams has composed themes for four Olympic Games. He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for fourteen seasons and remains their Laureate Conductor. He has composed numerous works for the concert stage including two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras. Mr. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 50 Oscar nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, twenty-two Grammys, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government. In 2016 he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute — the first time a composer was honoured with this award.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS

conductor

The 2016–17 season marked Constantine Kitsopoulos' 7th as Music Director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA. He was Artistic Director of the OK Mozart Festival from 2013–15 and spent eight years as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Kitsopoulos' recent return engagements included New Jersey, Baltimore, Vancouver and Detroit Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisiana and Calgary Philharmonics and Symphony Silicon Valley. He will make debuts with the Pacific and Fort Worth Symphonies. He returns to Indiana Opera Theatre to lead their production of The Music Man and New York University to conduct three different programs with their orchestras. In addition to his work as a conductor, Kitsopoulos will make his debut as a composer at Michigan State University with a workshop of a new music theatre piece entitled Temple.  ■


CONCERT PROGRAM GOLDCORP MASTERWORKS GOLD | ORPHEUM, 8PM

SATURDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 & 27

ROGERS GROUP FINANCIAL SYMPHONY SUNDAYS | ORPHEUM, 2PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26

BARRY DOUGLAS

Lawrence Renes conductor Barry Douglas piano

LAWRENCE RENES

(Cherniavsky Laureate pianist)

RACHMANINOFF

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

I. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando

I N T E R M ISSI O N

PROKOFIEV

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

I. Andante II. Allegro marcato III. Adagio IV. Allegro giocoso

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THE VSO

CHERNIAVSKY FAMILY

KIDS PLAY FREE

PROGRAM

Kids Play Free is a great way to introduce your family to the joys of live Classical music, and create life-long listeners and learners! Choose any concert* from Masterworks Gold, Masterworks Diamond, Symphony Sundays, or Classical Traditions – and with the purchase of one (1) Regular Price Adult ticket, up to two (2) children aged 6 to 16 can attend for free! Tickets are available for the Kids Play Free program up to two weeks ahead of the concert(s) you choose. To order your tickets, please call

VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434 and ask for the Kids Play Free program.

BRAMWELL TOVEY & MEMBERS OF THE VSO

The Kids Play Free program is supported by the Gudewill Family, in honour of Janey Gudewill, Peter Cherniavsky, Mrs. B.T. Rogers and the Cherniavsky Junior Club for the Performing Arts, a foundation that annually underwrites the cost of thousands of children attending concerts during class time for schools throughout the province.

* Note: The Season Finale performances on June 16 to 18 are excluded from the Kids Play Free program. The Kids Play Free program applies to children aged 6 to 16. A maximum of four (4) children are eligible for tickets in the Kids Play Free program per concert. New purchases only. Seating available in all sections except Dress Circle at the Orpheum. All purchased tickets will be held at the venue Will Call for pickup, and each child must be present when tickets are picked up, and attend the concert.

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LAWRENCE RENES conductor Having conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies in recent seasons, Dutch-Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes was, until recently, Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera. During his time there, productions included the Swedish première of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, as well as Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo, The Rite of Spring, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre, Peter Grimes, Turandot, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, and Jenůfa amongst others. Recent and upcoming engagements include debuts with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK orchestras, as well as returns to London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand and Melbourne symphony orchestras, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Having studied violin at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Renes went on to study conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, subsequently taking up the position of assistant to Edo de Waart at Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2001 to 2006 Renes held the post of Generalmusikdirektor of Bremer Theater and from 1998 to 2003 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Het Gelders Orkest, Arnhem.

BARRY DOUGLAS piano (Cherniavsky Laureate pianist) Since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, Barry Douglas has established a major international career. As a soloist, he has performed with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Staatskapelle, Halle, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras in Sydney and Melbourne.

He is also a sought-after recitalist and has performed at many of the major concert halls around the globe. He has appeared at the major US festivals including Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, Blossom, Ravinia and Spoleto USA, and in Europe at the BBC Proms, Festival Pablo Casals, Chopin International Festival, West Cork Chamber Music, La Roque d’Antheron, and Verbier. In 1999, to celebrate ‘the wealth of Irish musical talent’, he formed Camerata Ireland, of which he remains Artistic Director. He is also the Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival. Barry Douglas has recorded extensively throughout his career and is now an exclusive Chandos artist.

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF

b. Semyonovo, Russia / April 1, 1873 d. Beverley Hills, USA / March 28, 1943

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 In 1897, the disastrous première of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony threw his promising career as a composer into disarray. For three agonizing years, he found himself unable to create anything significant. He sought the help of Dr. Nikolai Dahl, a psychoanalyst. As the composer recalled, “My relations had told Dr. Dahl that he must at all costs cure me of my apathetic condition and achieve such results that I would again begin to compose. Dahl asked what manner of composition they desired and had received the answer, ‘a concerto for pianoforte,’ for this I had promised to the people in London and had given it up in despair. Consequently I heard the same hypnotic formula repeated day after day while I lay half asleep in my armchair in Dr. Dahl’s study, ‘You will begin to write your concerto...You will work with great facility...The concerto will be of excellent quality....’ It was always the same, without interruption. “Although it may sound incredible, this cure really helped me. Already at the start of the summer, I was composing once more. The material accumulated, and new musical ideas began to stir within me – many more than I needed for my concerto. By autumn I had completed two movements (the andante and allegro 15


Cherniavsky

CHERNIAVSKY LAUREATE CHAIR

BARRY DOUGLAS

MRS. B.T. ROGERS (1869–1965), MR. JAN CHERNIAVSKY (1892–1989)

The Vancouver Symphony Society is grateful to the Gudewill family who, in honour of their mother, Mrs. Janey Gudewill, uncle, Mr. Peter Cherniavsky, grandfather, Mr. Jan Cherniavsky and great grandmother, Mrs. B.T. Rogers have established a fund to create the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Cherniavsky Laureate Chair. Each season, the fund supports the appearance of a distinguished guest pianist with the VSO. Barry Douglas joins us as the thirteenth Cherniavsky Laureate, performing with Lawrence Renes and the VSO at the Orpheum Theatre on November 25th and 27th at 8pm, and November 26th at 2pm. Mrs. Rogers co-founded the Vancouver Symphony Society in 1919, served as President of the Society from 1931 to 1938, and as Honorary Life President, continuing to sustain it with her financial support and inspirational leadership until her death in 1965. Jan Cherniavsky, a renowned concert pianist, performed as soloist with the VSO on numerous occasions and in 1967 founded the Cherniavsky Junior Club for the Performing Arts. He was its spiritual leader until his death in 1989. The CJCPA is an endowment to fund costs associated with children’s concerts during class time for schools throughout the province. Last year, over 5,000 children attended such concerts, with the hope of reaching even more students in the future. The Gudewills are the 4th generation in this extraordinary family to support the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Support for which we are most grateful.


the finale)....These I played that same season at a charity concert, with gratifying success (December 15, 1900)....By the spring I had finished the first movement (moderato)...and felt that Dr. Dahl’s treatment had strengthened my nervous system to a miraculous degree. Out of gratitude I dedicated my Second Concerto to him.” The full concerto débuted on November 9, 1901. Both performances took place in Moscow, with the composer performing the piano part. His cousin, Aleksandr Ziloti, conducted the second. The reasons for its enormous popularity are clear. It displays its emotions directly, particularly warmth and melancholy. The themes are attractive and memorable, and Rachmaninoff clothed them in lush orchestral colours. The solo part is brilliant, mirroring the power and expressiveness of the composer’s own magnificent performing skills. He played it himself no fewer than 143 times, and recorded it twice.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

b. Sontsovka, Ukraine / April 27, 1891 d. Moscow, Russia / March 5, 1953

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100 In June 1944, Prokofiev took up residence at a vacation estate, a collective poultry farm, which the Union of Composers operated near Ivanovo, 80 kilometres west of Moscow. His fellow residents included Dmitri Shostakovich, his former teacher Reinhold Glière, Aram Khachaturian and Dmitri Kabalevsky. Far from the bustle and noise of the big city and with all their material needs taken care of, they were free to create expansively and in quiet contentment. As always, Prokofiev kept to a strict daily schedule. He composed new works between breakfast and lunch, then revised and scored others in the afternoon; all this was broken up by long walks. He created two works between summer and autumn: Piano Sonata No. 8 and Symphony No. 5. The most mature and serious works he had composed to date, they share a large scale, lyricism, epic vision – and the key of B-flat Major. “In the summer of 1944 I wrote my Fifth Symphony, to which I attach great

importance,” he wrote, “firstly because of its thematic material, and secondly because with this work I returned to the genre of the symphony after a break of 16 years. I thought of the Fifth as a work glorifying the human spirit. I wanted to sing of man free and happy, his strength, his generosity and the purity of his soul. I cannot say that I chose this theme; it was innate in me and had to be expressed.” He conducted the first performance himself, in the Moscow Conservatory, on January 13, 1945. Pianist Sviatoslav Richter recalled the occasion: “When Prokofiev had taken his place on the podium and silence reigned in the hall, artillery salvos suddenly thundered forth. His baton was raised. He waited, and began only after the cannons had stopped. There was something very significant in this, something symbolic. It was as if all of us, including Prokofiev, had reached some kind of shared turning point.” The salvos were paying tribute to Soviet soldiers beginning their victory march into Nazi Germany. The symphony’s immediate popularity sprang from its representing precisely what Soviet audiences needed: a hopeful vision of better times after six years of horrific conflict. It has maintained its reputation through its superb balance of grandeur, powerful emotions and sparkling wit. In it Prokofiev may be heard to achieve the language – direct and approachable yet still individual – that would satisfy both himself and the conservative bureaucrats who regularly criticized his and other Soviet composers’ music. The four movements alternate slow and fast tempos. The first generates an impression of optimism, rising to a climax of overwhelming heft and forcefulness. A bustling movement laced with typically biting Prokofiev humour follows. The dark, questioning third movement mirrors the matching section of Shostakovich’s Fifth, which since its debut in 1937 had been the model for Soviet symphonic tragedies. The finale opens in a mood of gentle musing, only to shift to an impudent, carnival-like atmosphere that sweeps the music along joyfully to the celebratory conclusion.  ■ Program Notes © 2017 Don Anderson

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CONCERT PROGRAM TEA & TRUMPETS | ORPHEUM, 2PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 FESTIVALS & MARCHES

CHRISTOPHER GAZE

William Rowson conductor Christopher Gaze host Ireh Kim marimba

ROWSON

Fanfare: A Sesquie for Canada’s 150th

COATES Dam Busters March SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture STRAUSS, J. JR.

Gypsy Baron: Einzugsmarsch

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture SOUSA Semper Fidelis ◆

WILLIAM ROWSON

CRESTON Concertino for Marimba,

Movement I TEA & COOKIES Served in the lobby one hour before each concert. Tea compliments of Tetley Tea.

SIBELIUS Karelia Suite: March VERDI Aida: Triumphal March ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4

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WILLIAM ROWSON conductor Conductor William Rowson is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of Canada's most versatile emerging talents. Known for his intimate knowledge of the standard repertoire as well as his facile handling of new works, Rowson recently completed his first season as the Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Bill grew up in a musical family, starting the violin at age 3 in his hometown of Saskatoon. He began the study of conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and since then, has been a frequent guest of many of Canada’s leading ensembles. In the 2016/17 season Rowson led the VSO in 45 performances as well as guest conducting appearances with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Also an accomplished composer, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed the world première of his Fanfare-A Sesquie for Canada’s 150th to critical acclaim. His film score for the feature length film Big Muddy has been showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival.

CHRISTOPHER GAZE host Christopher Gaze is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's ever popular Tea & Trumpets series and has hosted their annual traditional Christmas concerts for 25 years. Christopher plays a leading role in British Columbia as an advocate for the arts in general, and his passionate dedication to Bard on the Beach has fueled its growth into one of the largest professional theatre companies in Canada, drawing more than 1.7 million patrons since its inception in 1990. His many honours include Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre and the Order of British Columbia.

IREH KIM

IREH KIM marimba Ireh Kim, a student of University Hill Secondary School, is a thirteen-yearold marimbist who is currently studying percussion with Aaron McDonald. At the beginning of her musical journey, Ireh’s former teacher Samuel Zaveleta opened a whole new world of virtuosic marimba playing and paved the way to her interests in a variety of percussion instruments. In spite of possessing some musical backgrounds, such as playing the piano, she perceived percussion as an entirely different form of music. As she got introduced to the various types of sounds each instruments could make, curiosity soon led to obsession. When she struck her mallets on the wooden keys of the marimba, the beautiful, cavernous sound captured her into the realm of marimba playing. As a result, her passion led to numerous successes regarding her percussion playing. As one of the winners in the VYSO concerto competition, Ireh gained an opportunity to play with her fellow colleagues. Followed by her performance, she also decided to enter the VSO School of Music's concerto competition and successfully made it to the grand prize. Outside her marimba playing, she has also equally indulged in her piano playing for the last eight years. Playing music is one of her greatest passions, and she will continue to do so in future years.  ■ allegro 21


CONCERT PROGRAM LONDON DRUGS VSO POPS | ORPHEUM, 8PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 & 2 CLASSICS OF BROADWAY Jeff Tyzik conductor Lisa Vroman vocalist Doug LaBrecque vocalist SELECTIONS INCLUDE: PORTER Begin the Beguine from Jubilee RODGERS/HART Where or When from Babes in Arms                                                              BERLIN/ARR. TYZIK                                       Alexander’s Ragtime Band, from There’s No Business Like Show Business            

GERSHWIN S’Wonderful from Funny Face                                                                           GERSHWIN/GERSHWIN

Love is Here to Stay from The Goldwyn Follies                                           

GERSHWIN I Got Rhythm from Girl Crazy LERNER/LOEWE My Fair Lady                                                                                                           RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN                        Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music                                                 RODGERS/HAMMERSTEIN                      People Will Say We’re in Love from Oklahoma        WEBBER/ARR. MANCINI  Jesus Christ Superstar         WEBBER Phantom of The Opera Selections

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JEFF TYZIK conductor GRAMMY® Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 24th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over three months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years”. Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs and holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

LISA VROMAN vocalist From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She has been regarded as a “musical and theatrical marvel” by The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as “one of American Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” by acclaimed Broadway producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Among her extensive repertoire, Ms. Vroman starred on Broadway, in San Francisco, and Los Angeles as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Her many roles include: Rosalinda in

Die Fledermaus; both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables; Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera) as Marion Paroo in The Music Man (with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera /St. Louis MUNY); Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia). For PBS she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd in Concert (Patti Lupone, George Hearn) and was Christine (Phantom of the Opera) in Hey, Mr. Producer! (London Royal Gala) Ms. Vroman is a regular guest artist with symphonies including San Francisco, Cleveland, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, as well as Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), and New York Pops (Carnegie Hall).

DOUG LABRECQUE vocalist Doug LaBrecque is one of the most prolific concert singers of his generation. He has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared with more than 125 orchestras worldwide and most major Pops orchestras in America including Philly Pops, Boston Pops and NY Pops at Carnegie Hall. Mr. LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul, in The Phantom of the Opera. He starred in the original cast of the Harold Prince Broadway revival of Showboat and toured nationally with Les Misérables. International engagements have included Korean National Symphony, Shanghai Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with Israel Philharmonic. He also performed with acclaimed pianist Lang Lang in Beijing and was a frequent soloist with the legendary Marvin Hamlisch.  ■

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CONCERT PROGRAM

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 A SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF PRINCE

William Rowson conductor Mackenzie Green vocalist Nisan Stewart drums/music director Jairus Mozee guitar Andrew Gouché bass Kevin Randolph keyboards Aubrey Richmond violin/vocals

MACKENZIE GREEN, ANDREW GOUCHÉ & THE BAND

PROGRAM to be announced from stage. A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince invites audiences to experience the musical legend like never before. Featuring a powerhouse band and the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, it includes many of Prince’s greatest hits: Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, Purple Rain, 1999, Delirious, and many more. This authentic and affectionate tribute features original members of Prince’s band, the New Power Generation, including bassist Andrew Gouché (who played with Prince on the last show before the artist’s untimely death in April of 2016), and the inspired performance of L.A.-based vocalist Mackenzie Green. VISIT THE SYMPHONY GIFT SHOP FOR CD SELECTIONS A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince is produced by TCG Entertainment.

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In an interview with Portia Clark, host of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active, MacKenzie shared that is his favourite Prince song to sing is Sign of the Times, while Purple Rain and The Cross seem to instill in him a need for deep listening. “It’s a beautiful opportunity to perform his music like this. I was never fortunate enough to meet him, so this is my way of being able to say thank you for all that he gave me as an artist and all that he gave the world as a human being. I’m very overwhelmed, but in a great way. I’m just looking forward to continuing to perform Prince’s music in a way that honours him.”

WILLIAM ROWSON

WILLIAM ROWSON conductor

Please refer to page 21 for a biography of William Rowson.

MACKENZIE GREEN vocalist

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A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince is produced by TCG Entertainment. TCG Entertainment (TCGENT.com) is the industry leader in the creation, production and booking of live entertainment productions including family, theatrical, and symphonic productions. TCG has over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. Current productions include A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Common, A Night of Symphonic Rock, multiple productions of Cirque Musica (CirqueMusica.com), and REWINDCelebrating the 80s.  ■

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CONCERT PROGRAM SPECIALS | ORPHEUM, 8PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

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William Rowson conductor Jann Arden vocalist PROGRAM to be announced from stage.

JANN ARDEN

Canada’s beloved pop diva Jann Arden brings her sensational voice and warm, witty personality to this Holiday-season extravaganza! Featured tunes include such timeless numbers as Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and much more – all done the inimitable Jann Arden way.

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WILLIAM ROWSON conductor Please refer to page 21 for a biography of William Rowson.

JANN ARDEN vocalist Jann Arden is a Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much celebrated multi-platinum, award winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy featuring the hit single, I Would Die For You. A year later with Living Under June, she would have her career break out hit, Insensitive, that would solidify her position in the music world. Arden has released 12 albums with 19 top ten singles. Her most recent recording, Everything Almost was released in 2014. With Grammy Award winning producer Bob Rock behind the console, the 11-track disc is considered to be amongst Jann’s finest work – progressive, yet retaining the magic that is distinctly Jann.

In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Arden is an author of note. She has written three books – If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d tell You and I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, That’s All I Know and her best selling self-penned memoir, Falling Backwards. Arden’s philanthropic work has included World Vision, she performed in Live 8 and MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefit. In recent years Jann has also supported Gilda’s Club in Toronto. Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multidimensional talent.  ■

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MUSICIAN PROFILE SERIES

BETH ORSON

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OBOE AND ENGLISH HORN she was an actress and singer. She toured the US with the American Savoyards, a professional G&S company, and had been onstage since she was three. Shortly after we moved to Rhode Island my mother, along with a small group of committed theatre lovers, helped found a professional regional theatre company, the Trinity Repertory Company. They hired a brilliant director from Texas, Adrian Hall, and we grew up in the world of theatre – all our friends and thousands of Rhode Islanders became theatre fans and saw my mother on the stage. She worked 8 shows a week, and on her Mondays off, she and my Dad would go out on a date. I remember a newspaper headline: “Barbara Orson is always home for dinner!” and it was true. She’d prepare a meal and every night my father would walk in the door at 6 o’clock, we’d all sit down to dinner, she’d have a brief rest before the show, we’d clean up and then she’d go off to the theatre and perform. She did more than 100 productions over the course of 40 years there. BETH ORSON

I grew up in Rhode Island – the smallest state in the US. I have a twin sister, Diane, who is a violinist and singer (and NPR journalist) and a younger brother, Ted, who is a lawyer. Our parents, Barbara and Jay Orson, were celebrities, given that the population of the entire state is only about 1 million people. Whenever we went out to dinner as a family, someone would invariably come up to the table to say hello because they’d recognized either or both of our parents. Barbara and Jay Orson were native New Yorkers. Dad is a retired pediatrician who joined a practice in Providence, since it seemed a good place to raise kids. Mom recently passed away; 36 allegro

My sister and I both started music lessons at the age of 5. I was a serious pianist, but my hands are quite small and I knew early on that I did not want to pursue a career as a concert pianist. I started playing flute at 12 so I could play in an ensemble. Diane was a violinist and eventually became the concertmaster of the Young People’s Symphony of Rhode Island, which I later joined on flute. When I was 14, the conductor of the youth orchestra asked me if I’d be willing to learn to play the oboe. I’d been studying flute with one of the musicians who worked regularly at my Mother's theatre. He was a doubler, so he told my parents that he could teach me the oboe, too. After three weeks of lessons I announced to my parents that I was going


to become a professional oboe player, but that I would need a better teacher! My Mom called the Boston Symphony, they put her on to Laurence Thorstenberg, the English Horn player in the orchestra, and soon I was having regular lessons with him. My high school, Pawtucket West, made it possible for me to finish classes once a week at noon so I could take a bus from school to downtown Providence, catch another bus to Boston, then a trolley to Larry's house for my weekly oboe lesson. I enjoyed doing the commuting all on my own. At 17 I was admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where I studied with James Caldwell and completed my undergrad degree. While studying at Oberlin I was accepted to a number of different summer programs, including the Round Top, Waterloo and Spoleto Festivals, where I ended up working with a number of musicians from New York. After graduating from Oberlin, I moved to NYC and because of the contacts I’d made was able to start freelancing right away. It wasn’t long before I was playing regularly with the orchestras of the Metropolitan and

playing both instruments so much. I first met Bramwell Tovey way back in my New York days, I think about 1988. He was on tour with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. I was playing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and we were hired to play for the ballet with Bramwell as the conductor. We played Swan Lake and I remember thinking, “This guy should be conducting orchestras, why is he leading a touring ballet?” Right after that, he got the Winnipeg Symphony job. About three months after I moved to Vancouver in January 1990, Bram was invited to guest conduct the VSO. I think Ravel's La valse was on the program and as soon as the rehearsal was over he stepped off the podium and came over to me and said, “Brooklyn Philharmonic: Swan Lake!” I couldn't believe he’d remembered me. So we go way back, almost 30 years! To be able to say that I still love coming to work every day after 18 years of working with the same music director is a tribute to Bramwell. I’ve always loved to teach and have been fortunate to have had a number of outstanding students in Vancouver. I’ve served on the faculty at the UBC School

BETH'S MOTHER, BARBARA

NYC Operas, the Orchestra of St.Luke’s, Philharmonia Virtuosi, on Broadway, and at Radio City Music Hall. I had a great time living in New York but had always aspired to win an orchestra job, so I kept taking auditions. Winning the position of Assistant Principal Oboe and English horn with the VSO was ideal for me because I like

BETH'S TWIN SISTER, DIANE

of Music since 1993, have had students at the VSO School of Music and at the Vancouver Academy of Music and I also continue to teach privately. VSO Second Oboe, Karin Walsh, started studying with me when she was 9, and it’s a thrill to now have her as my colleague. In 2008 I joined the faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as the Oboe Coach.  ■ allegro 37


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS

Philippe Quint violin/leader Christie Reside flute HASSE Sinfonia in G minor, Op. 5, No. 6

I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro

TELEMANN

Concerto for Flute and Violin in E minor

I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Presto IV. Adagio V. Allegro

GEMINIANI

Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor, La folia I N T E R M ISSI O N PHILIPPE QUINT

VIVALDI The Four Seasons Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, Spring

I. Allegro II. Largo e pianissimo sempre III. Danza pastorale: Allegro

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, RV 315, Summer

I. Allegro non molto II. Adagio – Presto III. Presto

Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293, Autumn

I. Allegro II. Adagio molto III. Allegro

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, RV 297, Winter

CHRISTIE RESIDE

I. Allegro non molto II. Largo III. Allegro

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BRAMWELL TOVEY

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 8PM ORPHEUM+ SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 8PM CENTENNIAL THEATRE, NORTH VANCOUVER Bramwell Tovey conductor Roger Cole oboe* Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra+ JULIET PALMER Secret Arnold STRAUSS Oboe Concerto in D Major* BERLIOZ S  ymphonie fantastique+

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES WITH THE VSO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 8PM ORPHEUM William Rowson conductor Classical Mystery Tour The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded, from Yesterday featuring a string quartet to A Day in the Life and its lush, full symphonic sound. CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR

SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE

SATURDAY & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 & 5, 8PM ORPHEUM Perry So conductor Alexandra Soumm violin* JOCELYN MORLOCK Earthfall LALO Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra* SCHUMANN S  ymphony No. 4 in D minor Violinist Alexandra Soumm takes on French composer Edouard Lalo’s sensual and exciting Symphonie espagnole. ALEXANDRA SOUMM

BEETHOVEN: PASTORAL AND PIANO

STEPHEN HOUGH

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 & 17, 8PM CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, UBC David Danzmayr conductor Stephen Hough piano* JOCELYN MORLOCK Solace BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major* BEETHOVEN S  ymphony No. 6 in F Major, Pastoral Extraordinary British pianist Stephen Hough performs Beethoven’s stormy and Romantic Piano Concerto No. 4.

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PHILIPPE QUINT violin/leader Multi Grammy® Award nominee Violinist Philippe Quint has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. Described by BBC Music Magazine as “truly phenomenal,” Mr. Quint appears regularly at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York as well as at the most prestigious music festivals such as Verbier, Colmar, Hollywood Bowl and Dresden Festspiele. Quint’s appearances in recent seasons have taken him to performances with the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Detroit Symphony under the batons of such renowned conductors as late Kurt Masur, Edo De Waart, Andrew Litton, Tugan Sokhiev, Carl St. Clair, Michael Stern, Cristian Macelaru, Jahja Ling, Krzysztof Urbanski, Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Tugan Sokhiev, and Bramwell Tovey. Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 "Ruby" Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

CHRISTIE RESIDE flute

Ron and Ardelle Cliff Chair

A native of Calgary, Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as second flute at the age of 19. She received her formal training with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University in Montreal, and continued her training at the Banff Centre for the Arts. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Reside has been invited to participate in several festivals around the world, including the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, the Bellingham Music Festival, and the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. She has collaborated with artists such as Rudolf Jansen, Jonathan Crow, Yegor Dyachkov, and Matt Haimovitz. She frequently performs as a soloist and has appeared with most major Canadian symphony orchestras. Ms. Reside is currently the Principal Flute of the

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2004, and is a proud member of the Vancouver-based Standing Wave Ensemble, which recently won Ensemble of the Year at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards. She has previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony and has also performed as Principal Flute with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She teaches at the University of British Columbia, as well as at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

JOHANN ADOLF HASSE

b. Bergedorf, Germany / March 25, 1688 d. Venice, Italy / December 16, 1783

Sinfonia in G minor, Op. 5, No. 6 Although Hasse is largely forgotten, he enjoyed the status of the most celebrated composer of dramatic operas (some 70 in all) in both the German and Italianspeaking countries for several decades. He also found great success throughout Europe in oratorio, sacred vocal music, and instrumental composition.

“...he enjoyed the status of the most celebrated composer of dramatic operas...” His set of six sinfonias for string orchestra and continuo was published in Paris in 1740. The final piece consists of a bustling opening movement, a gracefully flowing andante, and a forceful finale.

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN

b. Magdeburg, Germany / March 14, 1681 d. Hamburg, Germany / June 25, 1767

Concerto for Flute and Violin in E minor

“A rough estimate of his output numbers several thousand pieces.” Even in an era known for its composers’ productivity, Telemann was exceptional. A rough estimate of his output numbers several thousand pieces. During his lifetime, allegro 41


his music earned him the reputation as the finest German composer of the day, superior even to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Throughout this impressive, fivemovement double concerto, he ensured that the solo instruments receive equal time in the spotlight. The first and last movements are brisk in tempo and dramatic in mood. In the lyrical second movement, he artfully contrasted the solo violin’s playing with a bow, and the strings of the orchestra playing pizzicato.

FRANCESCO GEMINIANI

b. Lucca, Italy / December 5, 1687 d. Dublin, Ireland / September 17, 1762

Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor La folia Geminiani earned acclaim on several fronts: he was one of the greatest violinists of his era, a composer of original and expressive music, and a teacher whose influence passed to countless others through his widely circulated and highly esteemed book, The Art of Playing the Violin (1751). He published several sets of concerti grossi, which he scored for two groups of strings, the smaller concertino and the larger ripieno. Some of them are transcriptions of sonatas for violin and continuo by his teacher, the celebrated Italian violinist and composer, Arcangelo Corelli.

“...he was one of the greatest violinists of his era, a composer of original and expressive music, and a teacher...” The original Corelli sonata that Geminiani used as the basis for this concerto (Op. 5, No. 12) is a set of variations on a traditional and widely familiar melody, possibly of Spanish origin, known as La folia. Geminiani’s arrangement takes Corelli’s ingenuity and virtuosity a step further, creating a dazzling showcase for the full ensemble.

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ANTONIO VIVALDI

b. Venice, Italy / March 4, 1678 d. Vienna, Austria / July 28, 1741

The Four Seasons Vivaldi’s busy and highly productive career as composer, violinist and teacher drew its due share of acclaim. One measure of his success is the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach did him the honour of transcribing several of his concertos. In his General History of Music (1776-89), the well-travelled British musicologist Charles Burney wrote, “The most popular composer for the violin, as well as player on that instrument, during these times was Don Antonio Vivaldi...maestro di capella of the Conservatorio della Pietà in Venice.” Vivaldi played a major role in several significant musical developments, the rise of the concerto above all. His 500-plus concertos – he holds the record for the highest number, by a large margin – feature a wide variety of soloists. A handful of them call as many as 15 solo instruments. As you would expect, the lion’s share, more than 200, focus on the violin, his own performing instrument.

“Vivaldi played a major role in several significant musical developments, the rise of the concerto above all... he holds the record for the highest number, by a large margin...” His reputation suffered a severe lapse in the years following his death. His music’s return to widespread currency dates only from the years following the Second World War. It returned to favour after two centuries of neglect thanks to the recording industry and the rise in popularity of the chamber orchestra. During that down time, virtually the only piece to remain in the standard repertoire was the set of four violin concertos that he himself entitled The Four Seasons. It was


published by the Dutch company Le Cène in 1725, although he undoubtedly composed portions of it, at least, at significantly earlier times. It appeared as the opening third of a set of 12 concertos bearing the overall title The Contest Between Harmony and Invention. In the title, Vivaldi put face-toface two opposing musical tendencies: the time-honoured tradition of following the current rules of composition, and the wish to give unrestrained play to the imagination. It is clearly the latter that prevails in The Four Seasons.

“The original edition features quite elaborate explanations of the music’s content, including four sonnets...”

orchestral division Vivaldi was a major practitioner. He didn’t stop at just attaching an overall title. The original edition features quite elaborate explanations of the music’s content, including four sonnets, one for each concerto. Although the author of these verses isn’t identified, it could well have been Vivaldi himself. Some of his original manuscripts are even more explicit. The barking of the goatherd’s dog in the second movement of the “spring” concerto, for example, is only identified in the viola part. Storms and other blustery weather recur throughout the score, blowing through gustily in spring, summer and winter. The spring and autumn concertos wrap up with festive rustic dances.  ■ Program Notes © 2017 Don Anderson

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Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066 ◆

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

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Conservatory of Music. In June of 2017, at the age of fourteen, she won the Senior Division of the VSO School of Music Future of Excellence Concerto Competition. Emma is a a student of Sergei Saratovsky at the VSO School of Music where she’s had the honour of performing in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Louie Lortie and Ian Parker. Her summer also included performances with the orchestra in the Basilica di San Pietro at Music Fest Perugia, Italy where she studied with Sasha Starcevich and Ilana Vered. Most recently, cbcmusic.ca included Emma in its list of 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2017 edition.  ■

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DOUGLAS COWLING

ELIC BRAMLETT

NATALIE BERG

The theatrical concert version of Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage is an adaptation of the best-selling and award-winning Classical Kids recordings, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, produced by Susan Hammond. Classical Kids® is a trademark of Classical Productions for Children Ltd., used under exclusive license by Pement Enterprises, Inc., and produced byClassical Kids Music Education, NFP. Classical Kids recordings are marketed by The Children's Group. Actors and Production Stage Manager are members of Actors' Equity Association.

PAUL PEMENT director & producer Paul serves as Executive & Artistic Director of Classical Kids Music Education, a non-profit arts organization focused on introducing children (and their parents) to the lives and musical masterpieces of the great classical composers. A BFA in theatre from the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign and professional experience as an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer and stage manager have enabled Paul to achieve success with Classical Kids LIVE! programming - the “gold-star” leader in the field for creating theatrical family concerts presented by professional symphony orchestras throughout North America and abroad. Production titles include Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Tchaikovsky Discovers America and the brand new, Gershwin’s Magic Key — the first-ever symphony concert production that introduces new generations to the extraordinary legacy of the great American composer, George Gershwin.

SUSAN HAMMOND series creator Susan has created a whole new generation of classical music fans through her innovative and award-winning Classical Kids recordings. She is the executive producer of a 16 title series of children’s classical music recordings known collectively as Classical 58 allegro

Kids, selling to date nearly 5 million CDs, DVDs and books worldwide, and earning over 100 prestigious awards and honors. Each story entails its own adventure featuring a unique combination of music, history, and theatricality to engage the imaginations of children. Susan holds the philosophy that, “Where the heart goes, the mind will follow.” An accomplished concert pianist and music teacher, Hammond searched for recordings about classical music to share with her young daughters. One day, she sat reading to her girls with a classical music radio station on in the background and noticed how they responded to the literature in a different way when enhanced by music. The rest, as they say, is history. Susan is the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s International Achievement Award and resides with her husband in Toronto where she is a member of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the arts.

DOUGLAS COWLING

playwright / music editor Douglas is a writer, musician and educator with a lifelong interest in bringing classical music to wider audiences. He is the writer of five Classical Kids audio productions: Mozart's Magic Fantasy, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, Hallelujah Handel! and the new Mozart's Magnificent Voyage. He was also associate


producer on Daydreams and Lullabies and serves as the principle writer /music editor for the Classical Kids Live! theatrical symphony concert series.

ELIC BRAMLETT

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Elic joined Classical Kids during the 2005-06 season and has toured the US, Canada and Malaysia playing Mozart. A native of Phoenix, AZ, he now makes his home in the suburbs of Chicago. Stage credits include: The Music Man at Marriott Lincolnshire, Stage Kiss and The Boys are Coming Home at The Goodman; Western Civilization at Noble Fool; Teapot Scandals, Elegies, Sweeney Todd, Macabaret, Hereafter, and Three Sisters at Porchlight; The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Charlotte's Web, and Cinderella at Drury Lane; The Bomb-itty of Errors at The Royal George; and Saturday Night with Pegasus Players. In Forever Plaid, Elic has played the roles of Jinx, Frankie, and Sparky at several theatres including Chicago's original Royal George production. Elic also makes his living as a TV/Film actor, voice over talent, and as a director, producer, and teacher in the Chicagoland area. He would like to dedicate this performance to his loving and supportive wife Carrie Beth, and their beautiful children, Pearle and Theodore.

NATALIE BERG Karl Thomas Mozart Natalie has been seen in all four productions of the Classical Kids’ Symphony Concert Series throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Australia. Most recent credits include The Hundred Dresses at the Royal George Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Welcome Yule with the Chicago Symphony, and the hit comedy Ruthless. Ms. Berg made her professional debut in the Broadway National Tour of

Les Miserables as Young Cosette. Other credits include: High School Musical, Bingo the Musical, Little Women, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Christmas Carol, Charlotte's Web, Pinocchio, Annie Get Your Gun, Little Shop of Horrors, Hair, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Sound of Music and Annie Warbucks world première. You may have seen her on TV as a cheerleader in a recent Sears commercial and her latest audio recordings include Kraft Mac 'n' Cheese, The Children's Bible and the Twilight Zone. She earned her Music Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a proud member of Actors' Equity, SAG and AFTRA.

CLASSICAL KIDS MUSIC EDUCATION, NFP Classical Kids Music Education, NFP was formed for charitable and educational purposes to build pathways for progression in music so that all young people, whatever their background or abilities, have access to the rich and diverse range of influence classical music offers. Reduced funding to the arts has diminished the ability of many symphony orchestras to provide highquality educational and family programs like the one you are seeing today. It is imperative that more organizations are able to reach students and families through excellent music education programs in a time when affordable and worthy programming is lacking. Classical Kids Music Education, NFP was created to “bridge the gap” by securing funding for high-caliber projects and, together with individual donor support, help to bring music education into the 21st century by creating more opportunities for young people to be exposed to their interest and develop their talents to the fullest. Please visit www.ckme.org to learn more about how you can help.  ■

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OTTO TAUSK conductor/ VSO Music Director Designate The 2017/18 season sees Otto Tausk debuting with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Lahti Symphony Orchestra. He continues his guest conducting relationships with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Danish National Symphony and Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia, as well as making his anticipated return as Music Director designate in Vancouver. 2017/18 also celebrates his final season as Music Director of the Opera Theatre and Tonhalle orchestra St Gallen, which will see Otto Tausk conduct a complete Beethoven cycle and return to the opera pit for Fidelio. Soloists he will work with include Saleem Ashkar, Kristof Barati, Vadim Gluzman, Harriet Krijgh, Johannes Moser, Beatrice Rana and singers Fatma Said and Erin Wall amongst others.

A passionate chamber musician, she assumed the role of Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht in June 2017, taking over the position from Janine Jansen. In 2012 Harriet founded the “Harriet & Friends” Festival which takes place in Feistritz every summer. Amongst winning many competitions, in her native Holland Harriet Krijgh was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012. In 2015/2016 she was chosen “Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) performing in Europe’s major concert halls. Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991. She studied with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova at the Vienna Conservatoire and at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.

Otto Tausk is also a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all its major orchestras and composers. Otto Tausk will assume the title of Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the 2018/19 season.

The artist plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is generously loaned to her privately.

HARRIET KRIJGH cello

Roman Carnival, Op. 9

Twenty-six-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform.

As soon as Berlioz read the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, the spirited, unconventional sixteenth-century Italian goldsmith, artist and adventurer, he sensed such a deep personal affinity with him that

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HECTOR BERLIOZ

b. La Côte-St-André, Isère / December 11, 1803 d. Paris, France / March 8, 1869


he decided to compose an opera based on Cellini’s life. Its début in Paris in 1838 proved a total fiasco. Six years later, Berlioz salvaged some of the score by fashioning a concert overture from two of the principal melodies: a love song (memorably transcribed for English horn), and an example of the vigorous Italian folk dance, the saltarello (first cousin to the tarantella). He christened the result Roman Carnival, referring to the festive scene in the opera where the saltarello is performed. The overture’s success was immediate and has proven lasting, since it is one of the most dazzling and exhilarating showpieces in the orchestral repertoire.

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

b. Nelahozeves, Bohemia / September 8, 1841 d. Prague, Bohemia / May 1, 1904

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 This greatest of all cello concertos was the final piece that Dvořák composed during his three-year term as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. The première took place in London on March 16, 1896, with the composer conducting and Leo Stern as soloist. Three decades before, Dvořák had fallen in love with Josephina Čermáková, an aspiring sixteen-year-old actress to whom he gave piano lessons. Even though she rejected his romantic advances, he retained a powerful affection for her. He ended up doing as Haydn and Mozart had done, and married his beloved’s sister instead. Perhaps he considered her the closest substitute he could find. While he was composing the second movement of this concerto, a letter from Josephina revealed that she was gravely ill. In her honour, he wove into the second movement a quotation from one of his songs, Leave Me Alone in My Fond Dream, which was a particular favourite of hers. She died in May 1895, one month after he resettled in Europe. A few weeks later, he revised the final pages of the concerto’s finale to include a second quotation from the song, this time as a memorial tribute.

The first theme of the opening movement – sombre, almost funereal – soon bursts forth into forceful expressiveness. Solo horn introduces the second theme. Dvořák said that it had cost him a great deal of effort, but that it moved him profoundly every time he heard it. Passing through much drama, the movement concludes with ringing fanfares.

“...Dvořák said that it had cost him a great deal of effort, but that it moved him profoundly every time he heard it...” The slow second movement opens with a warm, tranquil theme introduced by the woodwinds. Dvořák gives the middle section a powerful launch, then takes up a soaring melody from Josephina’s favourite song. A quasi-cadenza for the soloist, with light accompaniment, precedes a return to the opening subject and a peaceful, contented coda. Strong contrasts characterize the finale, from the stern opening theme in march rhythm, through a wistful subject strongly inflected with the spirit of Czech folk music, to an expansive, elegiac reverie where themes from the previous movements reappear briefly. The concerto concludes on an exultant note.

JOHANNES BRAHMS

b. Hamburg, Germany / May 7, 1833 d. Vienna, Austria / April 3, 1897

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 “I shall never write a symphony,” Brahms told conductor Hermann Levi. “You have no idea how the likes of us feel when we hear the tramp of a giant like him behind us.” The “him” was Beethoven, and Brahms needed 20 years to create a symphony he felt was worthy of comparison with the master’s. The première in 1876 confirmed in the composer’s mind that he possessed the necessary skills to follow in Beethoven’s footsteps as a great composer of symphonic music. allegro 63


The eminent conductor Hans von Bülow grouped Brahms together with Bach and Beethoven as the “Three Great B’s of Music.” Others expanded upon this by referring to Brahms’s First Symphony as “Beethoven’s Tenth.” Although the composer may not have appreciated the comparison, in certain senses it is inescapable. The symphony’s ground-plan of victory through struggle, of a journey from darkness to light, for example, links it with Beethoven’s symphonic ideals, especially with those expressed in his Fifth (which is also set in the same key, C minor). As he would go on to do in all four of his symphonies, Brahms set forth the main weight of his arguments in the first and last movements. In No. 1, he prefaced both movements with an introduction in slow tempo. The one that begins the symphony sets the sombre, dramatic mood which also characterizes the more vigorous but equally austere first movement proper.

The following movement offers a restful interlude, one with scarcely a moment of contrasting drama. Even though the third movement is hardly a scherzo, it provides a breath of fresh, lighter air to balance what has preceded it. Brahms begins his finale with a prelude that is nearly as stark in tone as the one that opened the first movement. Its fatalistic grumblings are dispelled by the arrival of the heartfelt chorale melody that is the principal theme of the finale’s main body. Brahms built this movement with vast architectural and emotional skill, as it unfolds towards its grandly affirmative conclusion.  ■ Program Notes © 2017 Don Anderson

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Ensure the VSO’s future with a special gift to the Vancouver Symphony Foundation, established to secure the long term success of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The Vancouver Symphony family extends its sincere thanks to these donors whose gifts will ensure that the VSO remains a strong and vital force in our community long into the future. $4,000,000 or more Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Endowment Incentives Program

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Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Telus Corporation

Board Members

Nezhat Khosrowshahi Gerald A.B. McGavin, C.M., O.B.C. Ronald N. Stern Arthur H. Willms

Roy Millen

Eric Bretsen

Partner, International Tax Services Ernst & Young LLP

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Doug Christopher

Partner, Chair of the National Mining Group Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Fred Pletcher

President, Montrose Development Ltd.

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ronald Laird Cliff, C.M., Chair Marnie Carter Richard Mew

Irene McEwen Gerald A.B. McGavin, C.M., O.B.C. Hein Poulus, Q.C.

Alan Pyatt Arthur H. Willms

Fred Withers Tim Wyman

VSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC SOCIETY Board of Directors

Gordon R. Johnson, Chair Dave Cunningham Claire Hunter Hein Poulus, Q.C. Patricia Shields Ned Southerland

Eric Watt Arthur H. Willms Administration

Ms. Curtis Pendleton Executive Director

Louise Ironside Assistant Director

Rob Fulton

Operations & Facilities Manager

Wesley Jay

Rental Coordinator

Jose Valenzuela Accountant

Scott Jeffrey Registrar

Anna Chen

Assistant Registrar & Chinese Language Student Services

Debra Marcus

Payroll/Accounts Payable

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY VOLUNTEER COUNCIL 2017/2018 Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paddy Aiken Vice-Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Azmina Manji Secretary/Treasurer . . . . . . Marlies Wagner Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candace Bailes Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noelene Buckner Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beryl Ferguson Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Pirie Immediate Past Chair . . . . . . Nancy Wu

Scheduling Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Morris Reception Shifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gloria Davies Tea & Trumpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marlene Strain Special Events Symphony of Style 2017 . . . . Paddy Aiken Azmina Manji Holland America Luncheon 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marlies Wagner

Membership Volunteer Hours . . . . . . . . Sheila Foley Manager, Gift Shop & Volunteer Resources Castine Breckwoldt 604.684.9100 ext 240 Castine@vancouversymphony.ca Assistant Gift Shop Managers Robert Rose Stacey Menzies

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