Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Toradze Plays Prokoviev’s Third Concerto with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony’s 2017-2018 season continues with a concert featuring music by all-Russian composers on Nov. 4 and 5. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, also welcomes piano soloist Alexander Toradze, a specialist in Russian repertoire, playing Prokofiev’s powerful third concerto. The program opens with Mussorgsky’s Persian Dances and ends with two suites from Stravinsky ballets, The Fairy’s Kiss and The Firebird Suite. Concluding the first half will be Toradze’s performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3.

Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, he lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of great Russian pianists. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and became a professor there. In 1983, he moved permanently to the United States. Toradze regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is friends with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, Yukka Pekka Saraste, Mikko Frank, Paavo and Kristian Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, and Gianandrea Noseda. Recent engagements include the BBC philharmonic and Swedish Radio Orchestras under Gianandrea Noseda, the London Symphony, and the Marinsky Orchestras under Valery Gergiev.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets run from $10 for students to $50 for VIP seating and are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278. In the meantime, you can watch this video of Toradze rehearsing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Paris Orchestra at Salle Pleyel, conducted by Mikko Franck:

Alexander Toradze Plays Prokoviev’s Third Concerto with VSO

The Vancouver Symphony’s 2017-2018 season continues with a concert featuring music by all-Russian composers on Nov. 4 and 5. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, also welcomes piano soloist Alexander Toradze, a specialist in Russian repertoire, playing Prokofiev’s powerful third concerto. The program opens with Mussorgsky’s Persian Dances and ends with two suites from Stravinsky ballets, The Fairy’s Kiss and The Firebird Suite. Concluding the first half will be Toradze’s performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3.

Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, he lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of great Russian pianists. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and became a professor there. In 1983, he moved permanently to the United States. Toradze regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is friends with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, Yukka Pekka Saraste, Mikko Frank, Paavo and Kristian Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, and Gianandrea Noseda. Recent engagements include the BBC philharmonic and Swedish Radio Orchestras under Gianandrea Noseda, the London Symphony, and the Marinsky Orchestras under Valery Gergiev.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets run from $10 for students to $50 for VIP seating and are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278. In the meantime, you can watch this video of Toradze rehearsing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Paris Orchestra at Salle Pleyel, conducted by Mikko Franck:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series Piano Extravaganza at the Kiggins Theatre

The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series is back for its highly-anticipated seventh season filled with familiar favorites and new surprises for music lovers of every age and the return of our live music-to-film series. The first concert of 2017-2018 is a Piano Extravaganza at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Vancouver’s historic Kiggins Theatre. As part of this innovative program of piano virtuosi, the audience will be treated to two-piano groupings and even a rousing conclusion of all the pianists playing at the same time on the same stage.

The audience will enjoy the rich sounds of grand pianos on the Kiggins stage with world-class pianists Cinda Redman, Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Kathryn Hobbie and Dr. Michael C. Liu. Among the pieces to be performed are Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for two pianos, Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for two pianos, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba for two pianos, and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite Op. 46 for two pianos.

All performances are at the Kiggins Theatre at 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. Prices per concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017-2018 events at vancouversymphony.org or  by calling 360-735-7278. Chamber Music Series season ticket packages are also available for $120 for six concerts, $100 for five concerts, or $80 for four concerts.

Piano Extravaganza at the Kiggins

The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series is back for its highly anticipated seventh season filled with familiar favorites and new surprises for music lovers of every age and the return of our live music-to-film series. The first concert of 2017-2018 is a Piano Extravaganza at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Vancouver’s historic Kiggins Theatre. As part of this innovative program of piano virtuosi, the audience will be treated to two-piano groupings and even a rousing conclusion of all the pianists playing at the same time on the same stage.

The audience will enjoy the rich sounds of grand pianos on the Kiggins stage with world-class pianists Cinda Redman, Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Kathryn Hobbie and Dr. Michael C. Liu. Among the pieces to be performed are Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for two pianos, Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for two pianos, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba for two pianos, and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite Op. 46 for two pianos.

All performances are at the Kiggins Theatre at 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. Prices per concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017-2018 events at vancouversymphony.org or  by calling 360-735-7278. Chamber Music Series season ticket packages are also available for $120 for six concerts, $100 for five concerts, or $80 for four concerts.

Orchestra Gala at the Lynch Estate

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates opening night with the 2017 annual fundraising gala, “September Serenade” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Ed and Dollie Lynch Estate in Vancouver. The event will be held immediately following the season opening concert, which will feature internationally renowned violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers. The celebratory evening will boast a progression of spirits, gourmet delights, and live music. Maestro Brotons and Mrs. Meyers will be in attendance as special guests of honor.

The Annual Gala is the VSO’s primary fundraiser of the season, supporting classical concerts, chamber music, and the extensive music education outreach programs the VSO offers throughout the year. This year’s event will highlight the VSO’s message of “Building a Legacy of Leaders through Music, Education and Community Partners.”

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with signature cocktails, hand-crafted for the gala, followed by a progressive dinner of delicious Northwest cuisine catered by Beaches Restaurant. Auction items and the “Parties of Note”—exclusive destination parties—will be available for purchase at the event. Guests will dance to live classical and jazz music presented by a VSO chamber ensemble, local professional jazz musicians and young artists, both indoors and on the grounds of the estate.

The 12,335-square-foot Lynch Estate was the home of long-time philanthropists Ed and Dollie Lynch, who left over 98 percent of their estate to local causes and charities. “Curved walls, pillars, light fixtures from Europe and large tiles lining the entryway just inside the stained-glass doors all combine to make a home somewhat reminiscent of The Great Gatsby,” says Columbian writer Pasty Hastings. The Lynch Estate is located at 4712 N.W. Franklin St. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 and are available at vancouversymphony.org or by calling the VSO office at 360-735-7278.

Orchestra Gala at the Lynch Estate

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates opening night with the 2017 annual fundraising gala, “September Serenade” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Ed and Dollie Lynch Estate in Vancouver. The event will be held immediately following the season opening concert, which will feature internationally renowned violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers. The celebratory evening will boast a progression of spirits, gourmet delights, and live music. Maestro Brotons and Mrs. Meyers will be in attendance as special guests of honor.

The Annual Gala is the VSO’s primary fundraiser of the season, supporting classical concerts, chamber music, and the extensive music education outreach programs the VSO offers throughout the year. This year’s event will highlight the VSO’s message of “Building a Legacy of Leaders through Music, Education and Community Partners.”

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with signature cocktails, hand-crafted for the gala, followed by a progressive dinner of delicious Northwest cuisine catered by Beaches Restaurant. Auction items and the “Parties of Note”—exclusive destination parties—will be available for purchase at the event. Guests will dance to live classical and jazz music presented by a VSO chamber ensemble, local professional jazz musicians and young artists, both indoors and on the grounds of the estate.

The 12,335-square-foot Lynch Estate was the home of long-time philanthropists Ed and Dollie Lynch, who left over 98 percent of their estate to local causes and charities. “Curved walls, pillars, light fixtures from Europe and large tiles lining the entryway just inside the stained-glass doors all combine to make a home somewhat reminiscent of The Great Gatsby,” says Columbian writer Pasty Hastings. The Lynch Estate is located at 4712 N.W. Franklin St. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 and are available at vancouversymphony.org or by calling the VSO office at 360-735-7278.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Guest Artist Sofya Melikyan joins the VSO for a rare Northwest appearance, performing Strauss’ Burleske For Piano & Orchestra. Educated at the famed Royal Conservatory of Madrid and the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, Melikyan has gained international acclaim as one of the leading pianists of her generation, with performances in major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York.

The VSO will offer two thrilling performances, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general seating, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. There is ample free parking on site.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Guest Artist Sofya Melikyan joins the VSO for a rare Northwest appearance, performing Strauss’ Burleske For Piano & Orchestra. Educated at the famed Royal Conservatory of Madrid and the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, Melikyan has gained international acclaim as one of the leading pianists of her generation, with performances in major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York.

The VSO will offer two thrilling performances, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general seating, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. There is ample free parking on site.

VSO Season Finale: Symphonic Gems

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns to Skyview Concert Hall for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s 2016-2017 season finale, presenting one of the 20th Century’s symphonic gems, Aram Khachaturian’s monumental Symphony No. 2. Known as “The Bell Symphony” for the haunting bells that open and close the piece, this powerful masterwork was written during the height of the Second World War, and was described by the composer as “a requiem of protest against war and violence—that embodies everything people think and feel today.”

Guest artist Sofya Melikyan joins the VSO for a rare Northwest appearance, performing Strauss’ Burleske For Piano & Orchestra. Educated at the famed Royal Conservatory of Madrid and the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, Melikyan has gained international acclaim as one of the leading pianists of her generation, with performances in major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York.

The VSO will offer two thrilling performances, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general seating, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. There is ample free parking on site.

VSO Chamber Series: City Girl

The May 21 concert at the Kiggins brings F.W. Murnau’s 1930 silent movie (some of which was shot in Oregon) to the big screen with an original score conducted by the composer himself and featuring four members of the VSO. Paul will lead violinist Tatiana Kolchanova, violist Angelika Furtwangler, cellist Dieter Ratzlaf, and clarinetist Igor Shakhman in this performance, which artfully combines sight and sound. There will be a question-and-answer session with the conductor following the movie.

Tickets are $25 per person, or $10 for students with ID, available online here. Refreshments from the Kiggins will be available before and during the performance. The entire VSO will perform two more concerts this spring, on June 3 and 4, at the Skyview Concert Hall. The orchestra is currently offering discounts on tickets for its upcoming 39th season; to learn more, visit www.vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1101 Main Street in downtown Vancouver.

VSO Chamber Series: City Girl

See the classic silent film “City Girl” with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, while reclining in cushy seats at the beautifully restored Kiggins Theatre. This performance is the second to the last in the VSO’s 2016-2017 Chamber Music Series and features a live ensemble of soloists conducted by composer John Paul. There will be one more concert in the Chamber Series on June 18 featuring cellist Ko Iwasaki.

The May 21 concert at the Kiggins brings F.W. Murnau’s 1930 silent movie (some of which was shot in Oregon) to the big screen with an original score conducted by the composer himself and featuring four members of the VSO. Paul will lead violinist Tatiana Kolchanova, violist Angelika Furtwangler, cellist Dieter Ratzlaf, and clarinetist Igor Shakhman in this performance, which artfully combines sight and sound. There will be a question-and-answer session with the conductor following the movie.

Tickets are $25 per person, or $10 for students with ID, available online here. Refreshments from the Kiggins will be available before and during the performance. The entire VSO will perform two more concerts this spring, on June 3 and 4, at the Skyview Concert Hall. The orchestra is currently offering discounts on tickets for its upcoming 39th season; to learn more, visit www.vancouversymphony.org or call 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1101 Main Street in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Young Artists Competition Winners + Respighi & Grieg

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues its 38th season with a concert that combines the talents of three gold medalists in the VSO’s Young Artists Competition. The concerts, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, will begin with the charming Lyric Suite by Edvard Grieg, and will also feature Ottorino Respighi’s monumental Pines of Rome.

These masterworks by Grieg and Respighi will frame the performances by the three Young Artists winners: flutist Ashley Teng, playing Concerto for Flute & Orchestra, Movement 1, by Carl Nielsen; violinist Symphony Koss, playing Carmen Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25 by Pablo de Sarasate; and pianist Trevor Natiuk, playing Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op.1, Movement 1 by Sergey Rachmaninoff. All three won the right to appear with Maestro Brotons and the VSO by delivering extraordinary performances in front of a capacity crowd at the final live round of the Young Artists Competition on Jan. 15.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St. in Vancouver. Reserved seating is $50, general admission is $35, seniors are $30, and students are $10. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Vancouver Symphony: Young Artists + Respighi & Grieg

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues its 38th season with a concert that combines the talents of three gold medalists in the VSO’s Young Artists Competition. The concerts, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, will begin with the charming Lyric Suite by Edvard Grieg, and will also feature Ottorino Respighi’s monumental Pines of Rome.

These masterworks by Grieg and Respighi will frame the performances by the three Young Artists winners: flutist Ashley Teng, playing Concerto for Flute & Orchestra, Movement 1, by Carl Nielsen; violinist Symphony Koss, playing Carmen Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25 by Pablo de Sarasate; and pianist Trevor Natiuk, playing Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op.1, Movement 1 by Sergey Rachmaninoff. All three won the right to appear with Maestro Brotons and the VSO by delivering extraordinary performances in front of a capacity crowd at the final live round of the Young Artists Competition on Jan. 15.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St. in Vancouver. Reserved seating is $50, general admission is $35, seniors are $30, and students are $10. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Jazz Concert with Ken Peplowski at Royal Oaks Country Club

Legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski—who has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by the BBC’s Russell Davies—will take the stage at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s second Jazz Benefit Concert, happening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday, March 25, at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

The Royal Oaks will be transformed into a quintessential midcentury jazz supper club, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Guests will stroll down the red carpet—lined with concert posters of jazz legends—and into the club, where they will be offered a signature “jazztini” before enjoying a prime rib dinner, wine, and plenty of dancing. The Steinway piano being used for the evening is being donated by Michelle’s Piano Company.

Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club and many other venues. Peplowski’s CDs on the Capri label—“Noir Blue,” “In Search Of,” and “Maybe September”— were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music. Peplowski was the musical director of the Oregon Festival of American Music for eight years, and is a longtime performer for and consultant to The Jazz Cruise. Peplowski’s new album is called “Enrapture.”

Tickets are $100 per person, and each ticket-holder will be awarded one free ticket to any Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert during its current season. Proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Education Initiative, which focuses on extensive music education outreach programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 360-735-7278 or visit vancouversymphony.org.

Ken Peplowski Jazz Concert at the Royal Oaks Country Club

Legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski—who has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by the BBC’s Russell Davies—will take the stage at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s second Jazz Benefit Concert, happening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday, March 25, at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

The Royal Oaks will be transformed into a quintessential midcentury jazz supper club, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Guests will stroll down the red carpet—lined with concert posters of jazz legends—and into the club, where they will be offered a signature “jazztini” before enjoying a prime rib dinner, wine, and plenty of dancing. The Steinway piano being used for the evening is being donated by Michelle’s Piano Company.

Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club and many other venues. Peplowski’s CDs on the Capri label—“Noir Blue,” “In Search Of,” and “Maybe September”— were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music. Peplowski was the musical director of the Oregon Festival of American Music for eight years, and is a longtime performer for and consultant to The Jazz Cruise. Peplowski’s new album is called “Enrapture.”

Tickets are $100 per person, and each ticket-holder will be awarded one free ticket to any Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert during its current season. Proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Education Initiative, which focuses on extensive music education outreach programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 360-735-7278 or visit vancouversymphony.org.

VSO Chamber Series: Three Short Silent Films at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre is the perfect location for the next performance in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. The VSO Chamber Orchestra will play live accompaniment to three groundbreaking but not often seen silent comedies: “One Week,” a 1920s film starring Buster Keaton; “Fatty & Mabel Adrift,” a film from 1916 featuring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Mabel Normand; and “Gertie the Dinosaur,” from 1914, created by and starring Winsor McCay, an American cartoonist and animation pioneer.

This event provides the perfect opportunity for concert attendees not only to watch the presentation in comfortable surroundings, but also enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and refreshments. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Immediately following the concert, a food and drink reception will commence next door to the theater at Niche Wine Bar. The reception is open to all concert attendees.

VSO Chamber Series at the Kiggins: Short Silent Films

The Kiggins Theatre is the perfect location for the next performance in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. The VSO Chamber Orchestra will play live accompaniment to three groundbreaking but not often seen silent comedies: “One Week,” a 1920s film starring Buster Keaton; “Fatty & Mabel Adrift,” a film from 1916 featuring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Mabel Normand; and “Gertie the Dinosaur,” from 1914, created by and starring Winsor McCay, an American cartoonist and animation pioneer.

This event provides the perfect opportunity for concert attendees not only to watch the presentation in comfortable surroundings, but also enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and refreshments. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Immediately following the concert, a food and drink reception will commence next door to the theater at Niche Wine Bar. The reception is open to all concert attendees.

Above image: a still shot from “Fatty & Mabel Adrift”

Clarinet Virtuoso David Shifrin Plays with the VSO

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Salvador Brotons returns to Skyview Concert Hall on Feb. 25 and 26 to lead the VSO in two memorable concerts with clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin, who is lending his talents to the VSO as a guest artist during these two special performances. Shirfrin will dazzle the audience with two  masterworks for clarinet: C. M. von Weber’s romantic Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations. Maestro Brotons will begin this Classical/Romantic era-inspired program with Gluck’s solemn overture. Iphigenia in Aulids, and will close out the concert with Mozart’s stunningly beautiful Symphony No. 40.

Shifrin has served as the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland since 1981. Shifrin is also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, touring extensively throughout the U.S.A. and appearing in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has received three Grammy nominations, and is one of only two wind players to have ever been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Shifrin has appeared with orchestras throughout the world, and served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. He collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.

Performances are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general admission, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.

Clarinet Virtuoso David Shifrin Plays with the VSO

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Salvador Brotons returns to Skyview Concert Hall on Feb. 25 and 26 to lead the VSO in two memorable concerts with clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin, who is lending his talents to the VSO as a guest artist during these two special performances. Shirfrin will dazzle the audience with two  masterworks for clarinet: C. M. von Weber’s romantic Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations. Maestro Brotons will begin this Classical/Romantic era-inspired program with Gluck’s solemn overture. Iphigenia in Aulids, and will close out the concert with Mozart’s stunningly beautiful Symphony No. 40.

Shifrin has served as the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland since 1981. Shifrin is also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, touring extensively throughout the U.S.A. and appearing in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has received three Grammy nominations, and is one of only two wind players to have ever been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Shifrin has appeared with orchestras throughout the world, and served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. He collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.

Performances are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in Vancouver. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general admission, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.

Free Masterclass with Clarinetist David Shifrin

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra invites you to a free musical event with clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin, artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest, and All Classical Portland Radio host Edmund Stone. Shifrin—whom you can hear inshifrin540 concert this weekend with the VSO at Skyview Concert Hall—will lead a free public masterclass and answer audience questions in a lively Q&A session with Stone in the Beacock Music Recital Hall.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Beacock Music is located at 1420 S.E. 163rd Ave. in East Vancouver. There’s no admission charge and all ages are welcome, but an RSVP is requested by calling 360-735-7278 or visiting http://vancouversymphony.org/shifrinMasterClass.php. The event is generously sponsored by Beacock Music, Eastman Music Company, and Backun Musical Services.