VMO Newsletter: April 2013

We are halfway through our 10th Anniversary season and looking forward to celebrating its conclusion with two exciting concerts: the first ever VMO Pops Concert in April at Michael J. Fox Theatre and the annual VMO Spring Concert in May at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.

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VMO Pops Concert with Le Vent Du Nord

April 4, 2013 | Michael J. Fox Theatre | 8pm

The VMO is teaming up with Juno Award winners Le Vent Du Nord for an absolutely thrilling, high energy Pops & Family-oriented symphonic evening. Le Vent Du Nord, Quebec’s finest traditional folk, was recently awarded Académie Charles Cros’s 2012 Grands Prix annuels du Disque et du DVD in the World Music category. The traditional Quebecois style, with its driving, Celtic-inflected rhythms, soaring melodies and vivid instrumentation has been paired with the resources of the traditional symphony orchestra. Composer/arranger Tom Myron’s colorful arrangements have been carefully crafted so that the entire orchestra becomes a “fifth member” of this exciting band. Le Vent du Nord’s music is SO propulsive and SO cinematic that it naturally lends itself to the colors & scale of a symphony orchestra. This will be a very engaging concert!

Tickets are $40 and $25, plus service charge, available online via Tickets Tonight.

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Watch a teaser of the Le Vent du Nord in a similar concert setting with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.

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VMO Spring: A Morihiro Okabe Kinen Concert

May 24, 2013 | Shaughnessy Heights United Church | 7:30pm

In keeping with tradition, we will end our 2012/13 performance season with the annual VMO Spring Morihiro Okabe Kinen Concert on May 24. This year, the concert will be held at the Shaughnessy Heights United Church, where the VMO was born and a venue well-known for its rich acoustic caractor. This concert will feature a Beethoven program and joining Maestro Ken Hsieh and the VMO Orchestra through the Beethoven Piano Concerto 3 is piano sensation Yu Kosuge, from Japan. Yu Kosuge has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra. In 1993, she moved to Europe to continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg and in recent years has received great support and inspiration from András Schiff. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism.”

Also slated for the evening is a new world commission by our very own Composer-in-Residence Alain Mayrand.

Tickets are $25 General Admission.

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Remembering Andrew McMinigal (1952 – 2013)

The VMO sadly announces the passing of Andrew McMinigal who served as a Board of Director from 2005-2009, after a courageous battle with Brain Cancer. Andrew McMinigal had a huge love for photography and during several years took pictures of the orchestra during its rehearsals and concerts, which are used today for our website. Andrew has contributed tremendously to our organization, especially being in the lobby taking photographs and working with our dedicated volunteers which included his wife, Sonia, and daughter, Andrea. We are forever grateful for his dedication to our organization especially during the time of our growth, and send our prayers and condolences to Sonia and Andrea.
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Raising the Bar for Season 2013/14

The VMO is Canada’s only mentorship Orchestra and has earned its excellent reputation. Even though we have reached this level we are raising the bar and adding more workshops and Master class rehearsals to our 2013-2014 performance season. Quality does not come without a cost. We will be doubling our operating budget for the extra rehearsal time. This will ensure our young musicians are fully equipped for the performances and a greater foundation for their future. We are making a plea to all of our supporters to make a Tax Free Donation in support of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. Not only will this enable the VMO to mentor our young Musicians more, you will be able to take pride that you have helped them to achieve their next level.

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