Classical Concert October 23-24, 2021

Travel the world with the VSO at ilani!

In this musical tour through Europe this selection of symphonic gems will delight all audiences.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra October 2021 live concert performance at liane casino in Ridgefield WA

Under the baton of VSO Conductor Maestro Salvador Brotons and featuring masterworks by Ravel, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Kodály, this concert program is a fascinating musical tour through Europe. Audiences will be delighted by Ravel’s stately Pavane for a Dead Princess, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, written for the Picasso-designed ballet, Debussy’s mercurial Petite Suite and Kodály’s folk-music inspired Dances of Galánta.

This concert will be presented in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani. Located in Ridgefield, WA, ilani the Cowlitz Ballroom boasts 30,000 square feet and has played host to world-class headliners. This concert will be available to live audiences and simultaneously on the VSO Virtual Concert Hall.

The decision to hold the event at the Cowlitz Ballroom comes following a notification from Vancouver School District that Skyview Concert Hall is not available for public events at this time due to COVID concerns. The VSO plans to return to Skyview as soon as the District will allow, ideally for the December 2021 program.

What: VSO October Classical Concert
When: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7 p.m. (pre-concert show at 6:30pm) and Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 3 p.m. (pre-concert show at 2:30pm)
Where: ilani Casino Cowlitz Ballroom
1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield, WA 98642
(view on Google Map)
Streamed live to your viewing devices on the VSO website.
Tickets: Single tickets are $30. Available online now or by calling 360-735-7278

Safety Precautions

Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. The VSO also requests proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.

About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Dick Hannah Dealerships,, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Propel Insurance, MedicareHelpNow, Opsahl Dawson CPAs, Realvest Corporation, Michelle’s Piano Co., Issac D., The Vic, Burnt Bridge Cellars, and

VSO Pre-Show

The 2021-22 Concert Season welcomes back the critically acclaimed 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 Johnson

Ashley Johnson 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.