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RANDALL GOOSBY

CANADIAN DEBUT!

American violinist Randall Goosby came to our attention when he won First Prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions in New York. Since then, his career has gone into orbit: he signed a recording contract with Decca Classics in 2020 and was awarded a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2022.

A protégé of the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, Randall is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light. For his Canadian debut, Randall will partner with pianist Zhu Wang, a YCA artist celebrated for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism” (The Durango Herald).

LILI BOULANGER: Deux Morceaux
RAVEL: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Suite for Violin and Piano
BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

 

“Goosby plays like an angel with nothing to prove. A cool, calm, collected angel.” — Los Angeles Times

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

Season Sponsor:

 

Next Generation Artist sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert sponsor: The Board of Directors of the Vancouver Recital Society

 

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JAMAL ALIYEV

CANADIAN DEBUT!

Since his debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Proms in 2017, Turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev has become one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation. He is championed by one of Turkey’s most outstanding and celebrated musicians, pianist/composer Fazil Say, who is touring with Jamal to shine a spotlight on his young protégé. A debut not to be missed!

SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano arranged for Cello and Piano, D. 821
FAZIL SAY: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 41
CÉSAR FRANCK: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major (1886)

 

“His musicality is a very rare and pure talent from birth.” — Mstislav Rostropovich

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

Series Sponsor:

 

Next Generation Artist sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert sponsor: Alexandra Volkoff

 

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JEAN RONDEAU

Jean Rondeau made a huge impression on the VRS audience in 2018 when he performed at our ‘Surprise Concert’ in the Telus Theatre at the Chan Centre. The 30-year-old Frenchman has gone on to become a veritable superstar and a global ambassador for the harpsichord, described by the Washington Post as “a master of his instrument with the sort of communicative gifts normally encountered in musicians twice his age.”

“An ode to silence” is how Jean has described Bach’s Goldberg Variations. “I feel they were written for silence, in the sense that they take the place of silence,” he says. “All Bach is there in the Goldberg Variations… all music is there… and I will no doubt spend my life working on them.”

J.S. BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

 

“Rondeau is a wizard. Forget grace, forget melancholy – this is brilliance.” — Gramophone Magazine

 

Ticket price: $50 General Admission

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

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Concert Sponsor:

Stephen Schachter and Nancy Stern

 

 

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SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF PERFORMS THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

GOING FOR GOLD!

Originally slated for our 40th Anniversary Season, we’ve waited years (and then some!) for Sir András to perform ‘the Goldbergs’ on our stage. Originally written for harpsichord, the Goldberg Variations were first published in 1741 and are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer of the work.

Going for Gold is a benefit concert; Sir András’s performance will help the VRS set the stage for its next big milestone… our 50th Anniversary Season in 2030. VRS patrons are individually sponsoring variations and we are deeply grateful for all the wonderful support!

J.S. BACH: Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
J.S. BACH: Overture in French Style in B minor, BWV 831
J.S. BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

 

“There is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach.” — New York Times

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $74 C: $63 D: $45 E: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

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Goldberg Sponsors (listed by variation number):

Aria: Leon & Leila Getz; 1. Mary Jane Mitchell 2. David Harvey & Cecilia Bernabe 3. D. Wendy Lee 4. Helga Murray in memory of Doug Murray 5. Ally Hart 6. A. Christine Dryvynsyde 7. Rob Baker & Holly Sykes 8. Nancy Wu 9.Peter Cass 10. Maryke Gilmore 11. David McMurtry 12. Richard & Barbara Bergstrom 13. Mark Allison & Stephanie Holmquist 14. Anthony & Kim George 15. Stephen Gauer 16. Stephen Schachter & Nancy Stern 17. Kim Floeck 18.Linda A. Wong 19. Susan & Robert Lim 20. Anonymous 21. Gloria Wong & Cameron McGill 22. Karen Shuster 23. Wilfrid & Sally Mennell 24. Bill & Risa Levine 25. Myron Story & Larry Clausen 26. Christine L. Shiner 27. Michael & Brenda O’Keefe 28. Christopher Kin Ming Wong & Yee Cheng Leong 29. Ric & Lynda Spratley 30.Tsuyoshi, Tomoko & Toshiko Shibano Aria (return): Martha Lou Henley

 

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SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF

Sir András Schiff was scheduled to fly to Vancouver in March, 2020 to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary Season… instead he was detained in Japan as the world went into lockdown due to Covid-19. I can’t say how happy we are to be able to reschedule him!

This performance at the Playhouse will be special; we will not know the program in advance — Sir András will announce and discuss what he is going to play from the stage. Those who know him through his incredible performances and recordings over the years can be assured that Liszt and Rachmaninov will not feature on the program!

 

Program TBA

 

“He is one of the most penetratingly serious masters of the keyboard before the public today. Full stop.” — Boston Globe

 

Ticket prices: A: $90 B: $60 C: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

Season Sponsor:

 

Concert sponsor: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

 

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STEVEN ISSERLIS

We lost the original date for Steven and Connie’s concert back in our 40th Season due to the pandemic, but we are delighted that we have been able to reschedule it. These are two wonderful performers who have a long and trusted relationship both with each other and with the VRS. We can’t wait for you to hear them!

DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
FAURÉ: Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117
ADÈS: Lieux retrouvés
SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

 

“Stylish playing, bursting with character throughout – but then what else would one expect from cellist Steven Isserlis?” — Gramophone Magazine

“Shih proved a terrific, imaginative partner, with enough lightness, speed and power.” — Washington Times

 

Ticket prices: A: $88 B: $63 C: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

 

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Concert Sponsors:

Ric and Lynda Spratley

The Estate of Miss Denise Mara

 

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FILIPPO GORINI

Filippo Gorini is a singular young pianist. He made his Canadian debut on our series in 2019 with a fascinating and fulfilling program, and his post-concert chat and Q&A were riveting. Luckily for us, during the Covid-19 lockdown he turned his probing intellect and musical curiosity to uncovering the message in J.S. Bach’s last composition, The Art of Fugue.

Filippo’s 2020 recording for Alpha Classics of Bach’s masterpiece of counterpoint kicked off a multi-year project funded by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. As part of the project, he is releasing a number of filmed conversations with personalities such as Frank Gehry, Alfred Brendel, Peter Sellars and Sasha Waltz. The VRS audience will have access to some of these films and will hear Filippo introduce the project in a pre-concert presentation, and then, after the performance, he will open up the discussion and take questions from the stage.

J.S. BACH: The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080


“There is no doubt: a star has risen, perhaps of the brightest kind.”
— Diapason D’Or

 

Ticket prices: A: $63 B: $48 C: $28

BUY 3 concerts or more and receive a 15% discount
BUY 5 concerts or more and receive a 20% discount

 

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Concert sponsor: Elaine Adair

 

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GOLDA SCHULTZ

South African soprano Golda Schultz is internationally hailed as one of today’s most talented and versatile artists; as at home in leading operatic roles as she is as featured soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, she garners consistent praise for a fresh, radiant stage personality and lustrous tone. Golda’s Canadian debut with her collaborative recital partner, pianist Jonathan Ware, will feature a program of songs by female composers; songs written by women, about women, highlighting the female experience.

“Her voice is warm, natural, focused, it glows – a voice whose emotional power and beauty no one can resist. This was world class.” — BR-Klassik

 

Ticket prices: A: $60 B: $45 C: $25

 

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Next Generation Artist Sponsor: The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert Sponsor:

Peter & Hilde Colenbrander

 

 

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JAKUB JÓZEF ORLIŃSKI

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński has quickly emerged as one of the most vibrant performers on the international concert scene, triumphing in both concerts and recordings. His first album Anima Sacra on the Warner/Erato label earned him the prestigious Opus Klassik Award for Best Solo Vocal Recording. His sold-out concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the US have attracted new followers to the art form. Don’t miss his Canadian recital debut!

 

PURCELL, HANDEL, KARŁOWICZ & MORE

 

“Orliński is akin to a musical Count of Monte Cristo dazzling his listeners with a vocal cornucopia of precious jewels. Of the 23 tracks, no less than 17 are world premiere recordings. Such originality reflects Orliński’s uniqueness as an artist – the handsome young Juilliard alumnus is not just a celebrated singer but also a highly accomplished break-dancer.” — Opera Wire

 

Ticket prices: A: $60 B: $45 C: $25

 

READ THE PROGRAM NOTES FOR THIS PERFORMANCE

 

Season Sponsor:

 

Series Sponsor:

The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert Sponsor:

Anonymous

 

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Additional Support:

The Estate of Miss Denise Mara

 

DANIEL HSU

This gifted 23-year-old American pianist is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship. He captured the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and is also a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. Daniel is a graduate of The Curtis Institute, where he studied with Gary Graffman, the esteemed teacher who counts Lang Lang and Yuja Wang among his former students. Don’t miss Daniel’s Canadian debut!

 

SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
LISZT: Sonata in B minor, S. 178

 

“Playing that charms, questions, and coaxes.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Ticket prices: A: $60 B: $45 C: $25

 

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Series Sponsor:

The Estate of Edwina and Paul Heller

 

Concert Sponsor:

Victor

 

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