Classical Concert November 7-8, 2020

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Proudly Welcomes Guest Conductor and Pianist Awadagin Pratt


The November 7th performance will feature a reduced orchestra and be streamed live from Skyview Concert Hall. The broadcast will begin at 6:30pm with the newly introduced VSO pre-concert show featuring prominent local podcast producer Ashley Hall and Vancouver’s favorite host Greg Scholl. The performance and the show will be re-broadcasted on Sunday, November 8th starting at 2:30pm. Following the Washington State Governor’s guidelines for Phase 2, there will be no in-person audience present at Skyview Concert Hall for these performances in November.

Our November concert features guest conductor and pianist Awadagin Pratt. He opens this program by conducting from the piano in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12. Next is a deeply introspective late work by Richard Strauss, Metamorphosen, composed in Germany during the last dark and violent months of World War II. We close with one of the brilliant little string symphonies composed by Mendelssohn when he was still a young teenager, his Sinfonia No.10.

“We are thrilled to be able to perform again after a nearly seven month pause,” said VSO Executive Director, Igor Shakhman. “As the leading arts organization in Southwest Washington, we are dedicated to bringing music to our community especially during these perilous times. The healing power of music is widely known and well documented. Throughout history, music has proven to be a powerful antidote to anxiety, fear and depression. Right now, our audience needs us more than ever. And we are here to serve our community and beyond!” “We are working with leading audio/video professionals in the region to bring to our listeners the best possible concert experience directly to their living rooms. We will use nine high definition video cameras combined with the state of the art audio equipment” said VSO Board Chair Victoria Tullett. “Obviously, there is no substitute to experiencing live music in person in the concert hall and we can’t wait to have our live audience back to Skyview as soon as we are allowed to do so. But for now, we are absolutely committed to bringing the highest quality alternative to being in the concert hall.”

Our November concert is generously sponsored by Loti Christensen


MozartConcerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414
StraussMetamorphosen, Study for 23 Solo Strings
MendelssohnSinfonia No. 10 in B minor


November 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. (pre-concert show at 6:30pm) and
November 8, 2020 at 3 p.m. (pre-concert show at 2:30pm)


Live-stream from Vancouver's Skyview Concert Hall to your viewing devices.


Two physicians on the VSO Board of Directors – Drs. Michael Liu and David Smith – helped to develop the safety protocols for the musicians in coordination with the Washington Health Department. In order to minimize the risk of infection among musicians, wind and brass instruments will not be included for this performance. Musicians will perform at an appropriate distance and wear face masks. The size of the orchestra will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing. 

We are working closely with the Department of Health to monitor latest COVID 19 developments and will be adjusting our season’s programming accordingly. Changes will be promptly communicated to the audience. Maestro Brotons, due to current travel restrictions in both the United States and Europe, will not be able to join the VSO for this concert. We hope that Maestro will join us for our upcoming performances in December, depending on safety guidelines in place at that time.

VSO Pre-Show

September 2020 marks the debut of a new, highly anticipated video series from the VSO! Hosted by Greg Scholl and Ashley Hall, this exciting pre-show will broadcast on the VSO concert live stream 30 minutes before the concert performance. Full of fascinating information about the repertoire and plenty of laughs, you won’t want to miss it!

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has been with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since October of 2019. Since December of 2019 she has been the host and producer of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Podcast, interviewing prominent VSO figures and guests as well as sharing past VSO performances in the special series VSO Encore. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in English Literature, and has been active in the Vancouver arts community for over 15 years. She was formerly the music director for the Young Slocum House Players in 2011, and has been on the Board of Pacific Stageworks Theater Company since August of 2019.

Outside of saying flowery things about recordings of classical music Ashley produces two other podcasts, acts and sings in community theater productions, and plays nerdy tabletop games with her husband Will Johnson (the superhero who keeps Skyview Concert Hall running). It’s also rumored that she’s the girl who answers the phone when you call the VSO office, but none can say for certain.

Greg Scholl

Greg Scholl has played trombone in the VSO since 1993 - he became principal trombone in 1995. He is also principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Newport Symphony. Greg also plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera.
Greg is the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University. He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. He also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers such as the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.
After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea. Their son Ben is now in college - he was practically raised at VSO rehearsals back in the day.