The Vancouver Recital Society (VRS) is unique. No other series in Canada — and only a handful in North America — presents only recitalists. The VRS provides a platform for the brightest lights in the musical world and has earned (and kept) the deep respect of musicians, presenters and managers around the globe.
After 40 years of presenting classical recitals in Vancouver, the VRS has proven time and again that classical music is very much alive and thriving, and that the day of the recital is far from over.
Built on trust, the VRS’s musically adventurous audiences have come to expect that a Vancouver Recital Society concert will provide the experience of discovery, of hearing the “future” of classical music, and of uncovering the “superstar” candidates for the 21st century. Indeed, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Cecilia Bartoli, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Steven Isserlis, Sir András Schiff, Lang Lang, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Maxim Vengerov have all made their debuts through the VRS.
The high standard that audiences have ascribed to concerts heard at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall or Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, can also be attributed to concerts heard much closer to home.
BECOME A SPONSOR
There are many ways for business and individuals to partner with the Vancouver Recital Society, and concert sponsorship is just one of them!
Throughout the year, in addition to all of the incredible music we present on stage at the Vancouver Playhouse, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the Orpheum Theatre, we engage in an ever-growing and developing program of outreach, which includes:
Classics for Kids
Our school concert program designed for school-aged children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These concerts can take place in the Vancouver Playhouse, Annex or the school gymnasium. We are as committed to young audiences as we are to young musicians.
Music for Munchkins
A baby and toddler initiative launched in the 2018-2019 season. In partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Recital Society engages artists to perform for some of our youngest patrons. Children and their caregivers are welcome to join us in the Alice MacKay room of the VPL’s Central Branch, for a 30-40 minute performance in which there are no rules. Children can move around the space and make as much noise as they need to, while the artist(s) perform. Following the performances, children are often encouraged to join the artist in experiencing the instruments and exploring their own musicality.
A program designed to give young patrons between the ages of 18 and 35 access to incredible seats to all VRS performances for just $18! Ru35 has been steadily growing in popularity since its introduction in 2011 and the VRS is committed to its continued growth.
VRS Youth Club
A subscription option for our school-aged audience. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 can attend any 3 concerts for as little as $13 per ticket! In addition to getting the best seats at the best prices, Youth Club members are invited to meet the artist(s) and are provided with specially written program notes and activities to enhance their concert-going experiences.
All of these efforts have sponsorship opportunities attached to them and, for many businesses, represent a wonderful way of demonstrating a corporate commitment to enriching the lives of those living and working in the communities in which they operate. The VRS has benefits available for sponsors to take advantage of, including premium seating for entertainment purposes, unique opportunities to promote your product or services to VRS audiences, and recognition in various forms throughout the season.
Many of our concerts and initiatives are also attractive to individual sponsors and we would be pleased to work with you to help you reach your philanthropic goals.
For a more detailed list of the opportunities and benefits available to our sponsors, please contact Sara Getz, General Manager at 604-602-0363 ext. 202 or by email.
“The Vancouver Recital Society has built a great reputation over the years, presenting a balance of wonderfully seasoned veterans and inspiring young artists.” – Yo-Yo Ma, cellist