BC Scene

The arts and culture of British Columbia come to Ottawa/Gatineau

April 21 to May 3, 2009

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

May 1, 2009, 8pm

National Arts Centre - Southam Hall

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

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Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Avan Yu, piano

DEBUSSY   Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
JEFFREY RYAN   The Linearity of Light
RACHMANINOV   Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
STRAVINSKY   Petrouchka (1947)

The Grammy and Juno Award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of internationally acclaimed Maestro Bramwell Tovey, performs at the National Arts Centre for the first time since 1976. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy Debussy’s lovely, melodic Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Stravinsky’s electrifying music for the ballet Petrouchka. Also on the program is B.C. composer and former VSO composer-in-residence Jeffrey Ryan’s The Linearity of Light.

A musician of striking versatility, Grammy Award winner Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Joining him on stage will be young virtuoso pianist Avan Yu, who will perform Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. At the age of fourteen, this remarkable artist made his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the same piece, earning the praise and admiration of critics and his musical peers alike. Avan is an alumnus of the NAC’s Young Artist Program and now, at 20, he will tour eastern Canada with the VSO.

Musically Speaking: Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in English)
"Meet the Maestro: Bramwell Tovey"
A discussion with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bramwell Tovey 

Presented in collaboration with the National Arts Centre Orchestra

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