Vancouver Events – January, Part 2

Here are some highlights of the classical music scene in Vancouver, BC as it has begun to celebrate global cultural diversity with the Cultural Olympiad, as a prelude to hosting the Winter Olympic Games, in about 5 weeks.

January 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm – Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – MASTERWORKS SILVER:
BEETHOVEN’S 9th

If there is actually such a thing as “the greatest piece of music ever written” surely this must be it because Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 9 is truly one of the most profound creations of the human mind. Beethoven’s Ninth is always fresh and current, and always the most inspiring, uplifting and joyful concert experience anyone can hope to have. The “Ode to Joy” also makes a particularly significant prelude to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, when Vancouver welcomes the world with Gladness.

Conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey

Performers:
Joni Henson Soprano
Norine Burgess Mezzo-Soprano
Michael Colvin Tenor
Gregory Dahl Baritone
Vancouver Bach Choir

January, 9 & 11 at 8:00 pm – Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – MASTERWORKS GOLD:
Lilya Zilberstein

Lilya Zilberstein is a Russian pianist whose depth, power and musicality make her the perfect fit for Rachmaninoff’s towering Piano Concerto No. 3 — which is pinnacle proficiency for pianists. Since winning the First Prize in the 1987 Busoni International Piano Competition, Lilya has established herself as one of the finest pianists in the world.

Another piece that she will play in this concert is Mozart’s last and greatest symphony, written three years before his death; it is also his most exhilarating and triumphant — and that’s why they call it Jupiter — the king of the gods. A piece by Wagner starts the program.

Lilya presently lives in Hamburg, Germany in 1990, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.

January 30, 2010: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia
The Kereshmeh Ensemble is one of Canada’s foremost Persian music ensembles, and in this extraordinary concert, they will perform music of profound beauty and spirituality with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Evan Mitchell.

The four young musicians hope that they can be a bridge between the West and the non-Arab Middle East. The Persian Empire gave us some of the world’s most beautiful poetry and art miniatures and architecture, so now you can acquaint yourself with its music.

Kereshmeh Ensemble – Canada’s Persian Music masters

Tickets 604-876-3434
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC, Vancouver

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