Get Your Canadian Spirit On!
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the VYSO presented an ALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT
at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on May 14, 2017 at 3pm.
We called it GLOWING HEARTS – CANADA’S 150TH WITH THE VYSO
The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday in grand style, with a full program of Canadian works and guests, including composers Bramwell Tovey, Frederick Schipizky, Christopher Nickel, Mark Haney, Mark Armanini, violinist Trent Freeman and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, along with the 285 talented young musicians of the VYSO.
2015 VYSO 85th Anniversary Gala Concert
2014 Inspiration from the Professionals Project – Borealis Quartet
VYSO Intermediate Orchestra with guests, Borealis String Quartet, presenting Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Elgar’s Intro & Allegro for Orchestra & String Quartet and a world premiere by Vancouver composer, Jin Zhang.
2013 Inspiration from the Professionals Project – Infinitus Trio
The Inspiration from the Professionals Project 2013 was a weekend workshop and concert collaboration between the VYSO Debut & Junior String Orchestra and the acclaimed Vancouver ensemble, Infinitus Trio. The value of the opportunity for the emerging young musicians to work together, to share the language of music and to be mentored and inspired by professionals extended beyond the workshops and the concerts. Working with the Infinitus was a memorable learning and inspiring experience for our musicians. The Infinitus string trio is renowned for their innovative and captivating performances, original compositions and arrangements, and reinterpretations of traditional classical repertoire. The VYSO is committed to offer students as diverse and challenging performing opportunities as possible and exposing them to the innovative “classical crossover” genre.
2012 VYSO-TSYO Youth Orchestra Extravaganza
In 2012 Spring, in a first-ever partnership between two of Canada’s most beloved and respected youth orchestra programs, 175 talented young musicians performed at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Led by Conductors Roger Cole and Alain Trudel the celebration was a spectacular experience that the orchestras hope to repeat.
2011 Voices of Gold Mountain
On May 15th, 2011 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the VYSO Senior Orchestra presented the world premiere of Voices from Gold Mountain — an orchestral commission composed by our own award-winning Intermediate Orchestra Conductor, Jin Zhang. The work is a symphonic tribute to early Chinese-Canadian immigrants who despite great adversity struggled to build new lives in Canada.
Photographer Vincent Wong created original photographic imagery, and Governor-General Award-winning author Paul Yee contributed spoken words. The premiere of Voices from Gold Mountain was made possible by The Government of Canada Citizenship and Immigration – Community Historical Recognition Program.
2010 Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
On the evening of February 28, 2010, an estimated audience of 2.5 billion worldwide watched and heard the Vancouver Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra perform in the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games at BC Place in Vancouver. Artistic Director Roger Cole led the orchestra in a programme that included Ben Heppner singing the Olympic Hymn and Neil Young performing his famous song “Long May You Run.” The evening’s concert also featured Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Simple Plan, Hedley, Marie-Mai and K-OS.
The invitation from David Atkins Enterprises Productions to perform at the 2010 Closing Ceremony has been by far the most prestigious honour for the VYSO to date — and it served as a wonderful 80th Anniversary gift. The musicians won’t soon forget this amazing experience.