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VMO 9th Annual Chamber Orchestra Concert

On October 15th, 2011, Filed in: Reviews

BY LLOYD DYKK, the Vancouver Sun

It’s always a very pleasant part of autumn when the local conductor Ken Hsieh temporarily leaves his full-time job leading orchestras in Japan and comes home to Vancouver long enough to conduct his local Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, as he did Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, when he opened the season at the Michael J. Fox auditorium in Burnaby.He has brought wonderful results to this mostly young collection of trainee musicians and he knows how to put a program together. We hear plenty of Mozart in Vancouver but for some mysterious reason, not nearly enough Haydn. Hsieh’s attention to this gross unfairness is a big reason why he is to be cherished.

The Symphony No. 103 is known as “The Drumroll” for the simple reason that it starts with one (it must have amazed the London audience that first heard this astonishing work). That London crowd was also notoriously noisy “possibly a good reason to use the hard sticks” but holding attention wasn’t a problem for the crowd, a large one in view of the radiant weather.

The program was a pure delight, every number remarkable from a moody Mendelssohn Fingal’s Cave to a new piece by composer-in-residence, Alain Mayrand called Isle of the Blessed Dead commemorating, to the day, 9/11 and managing to do this while avoiding cliche, the subtlety of a tremolando conveying much. The guest conductor for this piece was the promising Christopher Lee.

The orchestra played wonderfully and you couldn’t have expected much finer work from the two local soloists. Coloratura soprano Shannon Chan-Kent sang some dazzling Mozart, including the notorious Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute and only tripping up a little on the difficult intervals in O Zittre Nicht.

Violinist Esther Hwang was sensational in some material that demanded high performance and included Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. She’s all of 16. Remember her name.

VMO Press Release: VMO 9th Annual Chamber Orchestra Concert

On October 15th, 2011, Filed in: Press Releases
VANCOUVER METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA SOCIETY OPENS THE 2011-2012 SEASON WITH 9TH ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT

August 12, 2011

Vancouver, BC. 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.

CONCERT DETAILS:
Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra celebrates 9th Orchestra Fall Concert
September 11, 2011
Michael J. Fox Theatre
7373 MacPherson Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 4N6
Time: 2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm)
Pre-Concert Greeting: Join Kemuel Wong in the Hall at 1:15pm preceding the concert for a delightful and informal pre-concert talk.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME:
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) Overture
Mozart: Arias from Magic Flute and The Abduction of Seraglio
Beethoven: Romance #2 for Violin and Orchestra
Verdi: Cara Nome
Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Maynard: New Commission piece
Haydn: Symphony 103

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Ken Hsieh, Conductor
Shannon Chan-Kent, Soprano
Esther Hwang, Violin
Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

TICKETS:
Tickets are $25 Dollars going to support the Young Musicians
Tickets available by calling the Orchestra at (604) 876-9397 or by e-mail at tickets@vmocanada.com (www.vmocanada.com)
Available also at Tom Lee Music in Richmond and Midtown Business Center
GROUP RATES also available for 10 or more
Tickets will be available from August, 1, 2011

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:
Tom Lee Music
Borden Ladner Gervais
Allcity Importers
EVA Airlines
LinHaw

The VMO is a non-profit organization that is strongly committed to providing opportunities for young musicians to perform and work with local artists in professional settings. We also actively seek out and promote young talented soloists.

We perform music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. We also perform contemporary and popular music in special concerts with opera companies, choirs, and traditional folk music groups.
For more information on the concert and the performers’ biographies, please visit http://www.vmocanada.com

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

On October 15th, 2011, Filed in: Press Releases

October 6, 2011 (Download PDF)

Vancouver, BC . The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra will present its 1st Chamber Orchestra concert of the season on November 13, 2011. This concert will pay tribute to former Chairman, Louis Liu, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. This concert will feature Maestro Ken Hsieh with Vancouver’s rising pianist, Qiao Wang. Qiao Wang will be performing the concerto for piano by Mozart. The Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Walton, Handel and Copland.

CONCERT DETAILS:

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Series: A Tribute to Louis Royce Liu
November 13, 2011
Magee Auditorium
6360 Maple Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4M2
Time: 2:00pm (doors open at 1:15pm)
Pre-Concert Greeting: Join Kemuel Wong in the Hall at 1:30pm preceding the concert for a delightful and informal pre-concert talk.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME:
Handel: Overture to Alexander’s Feast
Walton: Two pieces from Henry V
Mozart: Piano Concerto 8 Lutzow
Copland: Quiet City
Mozart: Symphony 29

(Programme Subject to change without notice)

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Ken Hsieh, Conductor
Kemuel Wong, Assistant Conductor
Qiao Wang, Piano Soloist
Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

TICKETS:
Tickets are $20 General Admission going to support the Young Musicians

Tickets now available by calling the Orchestra at (604) 876-9397 or by e-mail at
tickets@vmocanada.com (www.vmocanada.com)
Available also at Tom Lee Music in Richmond and Midtown Business Center, and online at www.vmocanada.com.
GROUP RATES also available for 10 or more

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:
Tom Lee Music
Borden Ladner Gervais
Allcity Importers
EVA Airlines
LinHaw

The VMO is a non-profit organization that is strongly committed to providing opportunities for young musicians to perform and work with local artists in professional settings. We also actively seek out and promote young talented soloists.

We perform music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. We also perform contemporary and popular music in special concerts with opera companies, choirs, and traditional folk music groups.

For more information on the concert and the performers’ biographies, please visit http:// www.vmocanada.com