The West Coast Symphony welcomes you to its 2016 - 2017 Season

Clear your calendars and get ready for an exciting WCSO 2016-17 concert season! This year will highlight works by great composers from a range of historical periods, from classical to late romantic, as well as more contemporary works, including film music. We will also continue to hop musically around the globe, with a mix of works by well known European and Russian masters and by lesser known artists from Canada, Albania and Macedonia.

We'll start this season with a Bang! in October with Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture, as well as his powerful and triumphant Symphony No. 5. Vancouver Opera principal cellist Rebecca Wenham will join us as soloist for the first time to perform Schumann's Cello Concerto.

Feel free to bring the whole family to our November shows, where it will be "Lights, camera, action!" as we welcome back Hal Beckett to take us through a selection of popular film music including selections from "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Psycho", and also featuring visits from Harry Potter and some pirates of the Caribbean.

Audience members young and old will "go out singing the tune" after our December concert which will feature 11 year old violin virtuoso Spencer Tsai playing Saint-Saens Havanaise, as well as toe-tapping dance numbers and sing-along pieces to help us all celebrate the holiday spirit.

In February, we will "Rach" you, with concerts devoted completely to the brilliance of Sergei Rachmaninoff, featuring his Vocalise, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and Symphonic Dances.

Our March/April lineup will include Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and a return engagement by our Macedonian friends, Music Progressive Quartet, who will bring to Canada their original and distinctive Balkan rhythms and melodies.

The May shows feature the husband and wife duo of oboist Mark McEwen and flautist Linda Toote who will take time off from their duties in the Boston Symphony to entertain with Cimarosa's Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Strings. Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 3 and Jean Sibelius' En Saga will serve as bookends to that programme.

In our season finale in June, we are excited to bring saxophonist Julia Nolan to the front of the concert stage to perform Stefan Hintersteininger's Saxophone Concerto. Filling out our season finale will be the Skanderbeg movie suite by Albanian master Cesk Zadeja, Rapsodie Espagnole by Maurice Ravel, and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten.

We welcome one and all to share in the wonderful experience of presenting live, accessible orchestral music throughout our communities! See you soon!