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VMO Newsletter: August 2011

On April 14th, 2012, Filed in: Newsletters
Season 2011-12 Opens on September 11, 2011 with the VMO 9th Annual Chamber Orchestra Concert

The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra will open its 2011-2012 Season with its 9th Orchestra Fall Concert. The opening concert of this season will feature Maestro Ken Hsieh with Vancouver’s rising soprano, Shannon Chan-Kent and rising violinist, Esther Hwang. Shannon will be performing great works by Mozart and Verdi and Esther will be performing great pieces by Beethoven and Saint-saens. The Orchestra will also perform works by Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn as well as a brand new commission work by Composer-in-residence Alain Maynard.

September 11, 2011 2:00pm
Michael J. Fox Theatre
$25 General Admission

Information: 604.876.9397 or info@vmocanada.com

Tickets are now available at:

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  • Tom Lee Music (Richmond) – 150-3631 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
  • Stage One Academy: 170-5731 Minoru Blvd., Richmond
  • Midtown Business Center: 2416 Main St., Vancouver
  • Online ticket reservation: tickets@vmocanada.com
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Support the VMO & Become a VMO Friend

Did you know that the price of your ticket only covers a portion of the total cost to operate the VMO?

This is why the VMO, a non-profit registered organization, must rely on support from our patrons, sponsors and other funding sources to support the work our young talented musicians produce on our stages. Your support of the VMO is critical to our current and future success, and we kindly as you to consider Becoming a Friend. Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount will help ensure our ability to excite, engage, and stimulate our audiences now and in the future.

You can send your donation to:

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
239-2416 Main street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V5T 3E2

Please make cheque(s) payable to Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. Please also include your mailing address so that we can send you a receipt. All donations of $20 or more are automatically acknowledged with a charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowed under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

VMO Newsletter: October 2011

On April 14th, 2012, Filed in: Newsletters
VMO Debutes its 9th Season on a High Note

September 11th was significant to everyone for a number of reasons. The VMO chose to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 9-11 by connecting the community through music. A season is marked by new members in the orchestra, but one can hardly tell by the level of professionalism the group displayed during the performance. The concert featured the talents of 16-year old violin prodigy Esther Hwang who debuted with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine as well as soprano Shannon Chan-Kent, a classically-trained vocalist who is known in the local music community and has done voiceovers in a number of Hollywood animated films.

Under Maestro Ken Hsieh’s direction, Shannon and the orchestra dazzled the near sold-out crowd at the Michael J Fox Theatre with a collection of short arias while Esther’s rendition of Saint-Saen’s Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso inspired even the youngest fans in the audience. True to its community spirit, VMO paid tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9-11 with a repertoire composed by its composer-in-residence, Alain Maynard.

The concert concluded with Haydn’s Symphony 103 (also fondly known as “The Drumroll”). If the orchestra’s performance at its debut concert was any indication, the VMO is well on its way to making great strides this season.

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UPCOMING: VMO Chamber Orchestra Concert – A Tribute to Louis Royce Liu

The VMO will be performing at the Magee Auditorium on the afternoon of November 13th. The concert will feature award winning piano soloist, Qiao Wang who began her career at the age of nine in Beijing. Since then, she has performed throughout the world including China, Hong Kong, Canada and Italy. Her Canadian debut concert was in at Vancouver Orpheum Theatre in 2006. In 2007, she was recognized by the classical music industry in China as one of the top ten music students in her age category in Beijing.

In addition, this concert will be held as a tribute to Louis Royce Liu, VMO’s Past Chairperson who passed away during his term last year. Mr. Liu was a music lover, supporter as well as a devoted friend of the VMO and we will be commemorating his commitment to the organization at this event.

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of classical music’s rising stars!

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Tom Lee Music in Richmond and Midtown Business Center in Vancouver. For more information, please visit the VMO website at www.vmocanada.com.

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Unveiling VMO’s New Facelift

We’ve enhanced our online presence as we’ve become more engaged with our audience via the web and social media. If you haven’t visited our website in a while, check out our new logo as well as a new look and feel at www.VMOCanada.com.

You’ll also find that we’ve streamlined our process for ticket purchases via our secure online payment system.
We’ve also consolidated our presence on Facebook, if you’ve liked us before, like us on our new Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/VMOCA.

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Beyond VMO: Mentorship in the Community

Embracing the VMO’s commitment to mentorship, we have recently partnered with the Sauder School of Business. Our marketing and communications committee is working with a group of fourth year marketing students to examine how to be better engaged with VMO’s friends and supporters through traditional and social media. Because part of the group’s project requires feedback from our existing members, therefore, we need your help with a quick 5 minute survey found in the link here: https://vmocanada.com/vmo-online-survey

Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions with regards to our involvement with UBC or with this survey specifically, please contact April Lemoine, VMO Marketing and Communications Committee Lead at?alemoine@vmocanada.com.

VMO Newsletter: February 2012

On April 14th, 2012, Filed in: Newsletters

In keeping with its annual tradition, Maestro Ken Hsieh and the VMO is proud to present the VMO Spring Concert – “Musical Awakenings’ in March to celebrate the legacy of the late Maestro Morihiro Okabe and to welcome the spring season.

March 11, 2012 | 2PM | Michael J. Fox Theatre

The VMO “Musical Awakenings – a Morihiro Okabe Kinen Concert” concert will feature Maestro Ken Hsieh, Kemuel Wong, pianist Hannah Han and violinist Dominic Woo. Hannah is an 18-year old pianist, currently studying at UBC and has been delighting audiences since her first performance for Alexina Louie when she was nine years old! Hannah has performed in Korea and recently performed with our local Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Not only is Hannah musically talented, she also has an aptitude for languages, speaking English, French, Korean and some Japanese! Hannah will be performing Schumann’s piano concerto in a minor, which is the only concerto he ever finished. Click here to hear an excerpt. Hannah, Dominic and the VMO musicians will also perform works by Rossini, Dvorak, Beethoven and a new piece of work by Composer-in-Residence, Alain Mayrand.

For more information, including artists’ biographies, please visit the VMO website at www.VMOCanada.com.

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Buy your tickets now!

For $25, you get to attend the pre-concert talk, with Kemuel Wong (Assistant Conductor), which starts at 1:15pm as well as admission to the concert. Seating is reserved, so you must act quickly in order to get the best seats available.

There are a number of ways you can purchase tickets:
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  • Online – Visit www.vmocanada.com and click on the link to purchase tickets through PayPal™. Once we receive your order, we will assign you the best seats available at the time of your purchase.
  • In Person – Visit Tom Lee Music in Richmond or the Tom Lee Midtown Business Centre.
  • By Phone – Call VMO at 604-876-9397 and we will assign you the best seats available at the time of your purchase.
  • By Email – Email VMO at tickets@vmocanada.com and we will assign you the best available seats at the time of your purchase.

If you have specific seats you would like to purchase, take a peek at the seating chart for Michael J Fox Theatre here. Then, call or email us to request your specific seats. If the seats are available at the time of your phone call or email, we’ll assign them to you! If they have already been purchased by someone else, we’ll offer you the best available seats.

VMO Spring: Musical Awakenings – A Morihiro Okabe Kinen Concert

On April 14th, 2012, Filed in: Concert

Maestro Ken Hsieh returns to the podium for the third time this season on March 11th at 2:00 pm at the Michael J Fox Theatre in Burnaby, BC.This spring concert features 18-year old pianist, Hannah Han, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor, the only piano concerto Schumann completed. Also included in the program are works by: Rossini, Dvorak, Beethoven and a new piece of work by composer in residence, Alain Mayrand.

Doors open at 1:15pm with Preconcert Talk with Kemuel Wong

Tickets are $25 General Admission. Group Discounts available for 10 or more.

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