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UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele! Since forming three decades ago, the orchestra has helped to build a new audience for what it calls the “bonsai guitar”, playing musically faithful but thoroughly tongue-in-cheek renditions of popular tunes. Their repertoire ranges from rock to folk, from classical to movie themes.

The ensemble has entertained audiences around the world at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. By royal request, the orchestra proudly performed at a private 90th birthday party for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

 

“Absolutely the best of British” — Michael Palin

“Wonderfully clever” — David Bowie

 

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C         $20                                                      $21

 

Concert sponsor: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

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SHEKU KANNEH-MASON

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s star was already rising when he made his sold-out Canadian debut on the VRS stage at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2017. Since then, Sheku’s star has gone into orbit and he’s now one of the hottest properties in the classical music world. In 2018, he performed at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and his debut recording for Decca Classics took the world by storm, reaching No. 1 on the classical chart and No. 18 on the official UK Album charts. We’re thrilled to welcome him back with his gifted sister Isata, who held the prestigious Elton John Scholarship for her undergraduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music, and who’s forging a splendid career of her own.

 

BEETHOVEN: Variations in F major, Op. 66
LUTOSŁAWSKI: Grave
BARBER: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
RACHMANINOV: Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 19

 

“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Vancouver last year! The members of the society were so warm and welcoming and the hall was a pleasure to play in. We even had chance to go snowshoeing in the mountains which was a great experience! We can’t wait to come back in the future. Such a lovely series!” — Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

 

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YUJA WANG

This prodigiously talented young musician’s life is a whirlwind of appearances at all the major concert halls of the world with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors. We welcome Musical America’s 2016 Musician of the Year back to the VRS after an absence of 10 years.

GALUPPI: Sonata No. 5 in C major, i. Andante
BACH: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 116, No. 2
CHOPIN: Mazurka, Op. 67, No. 4
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in E Minor, Op. 119, No. 2
CHOPIN: Mazurka, Op. 30, No. 4
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 117, No. 3
CHOPIN: Mazurka, Op. 68, No. 3
BRAHMS: Romance in F major, Op. 118, No. 5
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
RAVEL: Miroirs No. 3, “Une Barque sur l’océan”
BERG: Sonata, Op. 1
MOMPOU: Impressions íntimes No. 8, “Secreto”
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53

“I’m thrilled to congratulate the Vancouver Recital Society on the celebration of their 40thAnniversary Season. Like so many of my colleagues, I am fortunate to have shared my music making with the great Vancouver audiences. Bravo VRS. Here’s looking to 40 more!” — Yuja Wang

 

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The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

 

 

There is limited Ru35 inventory for Yuja Wang’s concert and, as a result, Ru35 tickets are limited to one per order. For the best available seats, call our Box Office at 604-602-0363.

 

 

MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN

Since her first appearance for the VRS in 2003, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has become a major star in the opera and vocal firmament. Although she began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital, she now effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms, musical styles, and genres. For this performance, Measha and Justus will be joined by Vancouver ensemble The Black Dog String Quartet.

“The Vancouver Recital Society, and of course my dear Leila, hold such a special place in my heart – not only do they provide the platform for Vancouver audiences to hear some of the world’s greatest performers but, perhaps even more importantly, they are just as committed to supporting new, young talent and giving such artists an incredible opportunity. Leila is truly one of the world’s visionaries – in her aim to create something so wonderful, she has never lost sight of what matters and the care that she takes and the level of personal dedication is extraordinary. The world needs more organisations like the Vancouver Recital Society and I am both thrilled and honoured to be returning in this 40th Anniversary Season.” — Measha Brueggergosman

PURCELL | BRITTEN | STRAUSS | MONTSALVATGE | A SELECTION OF SPIRITUALS

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The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

 

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EVGENY KISSIN

Evgeny Kissin’s genius was discovered in his first solo debut in Moscow at the age of 12. He made his European debut at 16, and his explosive American debut at Carnegie Hall just 10 days before his 19th birthday. Now, at the age of 45, he is still in constant demand, selling out major concert halls around the world. His musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the kind of veneration and admiration reserved for only the most gifted classical pianists.

Evgeny appeared on our series in 1996, and again in 1999. We’ve been trying to bring him back for years and our patience and perseverance have paid off. We’re thrilled to present him on one of his very rare visits to the west coast.

CHOPIN: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
CHOPIN: Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
SCHUMANN: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14
RACHMANINOV: Preludes, Op. 23, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
RACHMANINOV: Preludes, Op. 32, Nos. 10, 12, 13

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D       $42                                                     $44
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Concert sponsor: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:

 

The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

CHIAROSCURO QUARTET

Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova (who debuted on our series in 2008), Spanish violinist Pablo Hernán Benedí, Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund, and French cellist Claire Thirion. Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music” by Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound (described in The Observer as “a shock to the ears of the best kind”) is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano.
He gained international attention when he won First Prize and the Audience Prize (at the age of 21) in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. Kristian’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard works of Mozart and Mendelssohn, and Mozart Piano Concertos, which he recorded with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

“Above all, Bezuidenhout knows how to make a fortepiano sing” — The Guardian

SCHUBERT: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death & the Maiden”
MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K.457
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K.414

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Concert 4: PAUL LEWIS

Wrapping up his four-concert musical journey into the works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven, Paul Lewis continues to reveal his deep understanding of, and sensitivity to, the music of these three Austro-German masters. The first of his four concerts in our 2017-18 Season set a high bar indeed, underlining the humour in Haydn and the tenderness in Brahms; Beethoven’s rarely heard Bagatelles made a great link between the two opposites. Experience the magic of Paul Lewis as he draws you into the very heart of the music.

CONCERT 4: Sunday March 3 2019 at 3pm

HAYDN: Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI:34
BRAHMS: 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117
BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

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CONCERT 3: PAUL LEWIS

Wrapping up his four-concert musical journey into the works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven, Paul Lewis continues to reveal his deep understanding of, and sensitivity to, the music of these three Austro-German masters. The first of his four concerts in our 2017-18 Season set a high bar indeed, underlining the humour in Haydn and the tenderness in Brahms; Beethoven’s rarely heard Bagatelles made a great link between the two opposites. Experience the magic of Paul Lewis as he draws you into the very heart of the music.

CONCERT 3: Sunday December 9 2018 at 3pm

BRAHMS: 7 Fantasies Op. 116
HAYDN: Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20
BEETHOVEN: 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
HAYDN: Sonata in E at major, Hob. XVI:52

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By May 18 Save up to 25%             After May 18 Save up to 20%
A       $112                                                               $120
B       $75                                                                 $80
C       $38                                                                 $40

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JERUSALEM QUARTET with PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

3 great string sextets plus 6 incredible musicians equals a wondrous afternoon of music and music making. A rare treat for Vancouver music lovers!

Since its Canadian debut performance for the VRS in 2001, the Jerusalem Quartet has returned to our stage many times. The quartet is regarded as one of the foremost ensembles in the world today.

Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his imagination and passion.

“He generated a warm, liquid sound that effortlessly lled the hall” — The New York Times

Amanda Forsyth was principal cellist of the NAC Orchestra, which she left in 2015 to pursue her solo and chamber music career. She is a member of the Zukerman Trio with her husband Pinchas, and pianist Angela Cheng.

STRAUSS: String Sextet from “Capriccio”
SCHOENBERG: String Sextet “Verklärte Nacht”
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Sextet “Souvenir de Florence”, Op. 70

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C       $53                                                      $56
D       $38                                                      $41
E       $20                                                      $21

Supported by: 

 

The Chan Endowment Fund
at the University of British Columbia

 

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Concert 1: Paul Lewis

POP OUT PERFORMANCE

Two performances: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3pm & Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3pm

Take an exciting musical journey into the works of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven with Paul Lewis at the helm. Paul is known for immersing himself in epic multi-year musical projects, which have included his vast study of Beethoven’s complete sonatas and piano concertos and Schubert’s final piano works. His latest odyssey delves into Haydn’s piano sonatas and the piano compositions of Johannes Brahms, bridged by Beethoven’s three sets of Bagatelles before culminating with the Diabelli Variations, described as Beethoven’s greatest work for the piano. Paul’s project comprises four concerts spread over two seasons; the first two concerts take place in the 2017-18 Season, the final two in our 2018-19 Season.

HAYDN: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50
BEETHOVEN: 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
BRAHMS: 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118
HAYDN: Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40

“His account (of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1) has clarity, muscle and steely pride, but also intimacy, vulnerability and volatility: the combination is magnetic” — The Guardian

Concert 2: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3pm

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By May 19 Save up to 25%           After May 19 Save up to 20%

A       $112                                                                $120
B       $75                                                                  $80
C       $38                                                                  $40

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By May 19 Save 20%                    After May 19 Save 15%
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Concert sponsor: Elaine Adair

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Additional Support:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province
of British Columbia

 

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