Welcome to our 2022-2023 season with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra!
We are SO thrilled to be presenting a full season of music for the first time since our 2018-2019 season. You’ll be hearing some pieces that we have literally been waiting to present to you for over two years now.
In October we collaborate with the Vancouver Bach Choir (the first of two collaborations between our ensembles this year) in Beethoven’s joyous and epic Symphony No. 9. With four fabulous soloists, a sixty voice choir and our full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Llapaj, we will be opening the season with a bang!
Join us in November for another collaborative effort, this time with young piano soloists from the HYMUSIC Academy. A new generation of musicians present movements of piano concertos from composers such as Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Alec Rowley and Catherine Rollin. The evening is sure to be bursting with enthusiasm, lyricism and energy.
We present another soloist-packed evening of music in December. Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso will be complemented by Mendelssohn, Holst and Gershwin, featuring performances by woodwind players of the WCSO and Owen Wang on piano. It will be a concert of celebrative and intimate music, perfect for a season of snowflakes and warmth.
As 2023 begins, we are excited to give you a February concert of expressive, lyrical French works. Packed with dance rhythms and melody, we look forward to playing Debussy’s Danse, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra featuring the talent of Ken Lin.
For the Easter 2023 season in April, we are delighted to be presenting a long planned second collaboration with the Vancouver Bach Choir, again featuring Ludwig van Beethoven at centre stage. We will be performing the incredible work, Missa Solemnis, at the Orpheum Theatre under the direction of Les Dala.
In May 2023 we welcome back regular guest conductor Yariv Aloni from Victoria to lead us in a program of Mozart, Dvorak and the stunning Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edward Grieg played by Michelle Mares. How can one go wrong with a sparkling overture, the longingly beautiful music of Dvorak and sheer Romantic expressiveness of Grieg?
Perhaps the theme of this season has been “epic”, and our season finale in June will be no exception. With the title “Heroes and Legends”, we bring you the Gladiator Suite by Hans Zimmer and two heroic symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich and Canadian composer Pat Carrabre.
Thank you for your support over the past two years as we, like many other performing groups, navigated the pandemic. We are committed to a safe and enjoyable music-making and music-appreciating environment. We play music for the joy of it. We can’t wait to see you all in the concert hall!