The West Coast Symphony welcomes you to its 2017 - 2018 Season

The WCSO 2017-18 concert season has been set, and you're in for another set of treats! This year features many "bucket list" pieces and some exciting collaborations members of the Vancouver musical community, from large scale choirs to breathtaking virtuoso soloists. We will be entertaining local audiences with six programmes in the Vancouver region, and will also be going international in March 2018, with a four-country tour in the Balkans by our chamber orchestra.

In October, we will welcome Grammy award winning, British violinist Kerenza Peacock who, after recently completing a year-long global tour with pop artist Adele, as concertmaster, will mesmerize West Coast audiences with the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto. Bookending that concerto will be Hector Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict Overture and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

Our November presentation will feature international soloists and composers. Recently arrived from England is Emma Ringrose who will delight us all with Alessandro Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D Minor; and coming in from Holland is Frederic Voorn who will perform the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto. The balance of the show will be the Classical Symphony by Russian master Sergei Prokofiev and Variaciones Concertantes by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.

Get your vocal chords warmed up for December concerts! Our Friday show will start off with Carl Nielsen's Dance from the Aladdin Suite and then feature our great choral friends at Vancouver Community College performing Joseph Haydn's Te Deum in C and Craig Courtney's A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, a delightful exploration of each of the twelve gifts as interpreted by famous composers including Handel, Mozart and Wagner. We'll wrap things up with some audience singalongs of popular carols and other seasonal melodies. For our Sunday show, West Coast Symphony chamber ensembles will board the ferry to Bowen Island to present works of Charles Gounod, Antonin Dvorak and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as audience singalongs.

In February, we will partner with the Vancouver Bach Choir to present Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No.8 — "Symphony of a Thousand" under the direction of VBC Music Director Les Dala at The Orpheum Theatre.

In March, Bujar Llapag and a subset of the WCSO will embark on a second Balkan Tour (our first tour was in 2012), featuring return engagements in Albania and Macedonia, as well as performances in Kosovo and Montenegro. The Tour will feature music by composers from Canada, the United States, Kosovo and Macedonia, including a reprise of the Saxophone Concerto by Stefan Hintersteininger (which the WCSO premiered in June 2017), featuring Julia Nolan.

Not everyone is able to go on tour however and some of those left behind will be performing a smaller concert in March.

The May lineup features beloved guest conductor Yariv Aloni, who will direct Bedrich Smetana's Ma Vlast Cycle.

Rounding out the season, in June, we will present another epic symphonic work: Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3, containing the famous Fanfare For the Common Man. As if that weren't reason enough to circle the dates on your calendar, we will also feature the Concerto for Flute and Violin by Bohuslav Martinů, as well as a second "visit" from William Walton — his Crown Imperial March.

To our long standing patrons and audience community: We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! To our new or potential audiences: Please don't be shy — check us out. We're here to entertain!