The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicks off the holiday season with a celebration of classic pieces by Tchaikovsky, Bach and Strauss. Joining the VSO are renowned Austrian soprano, Charlotte Pistor, and dancers from the local Columbia Dance Studio, who are back by popular demand following last year’s triumphant performance. The concert features the 70+ member symphony orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Salvador Brotons, now in his 29th season with the VSO.
The celebration begins with Rossini’s La gazza ladra, which translates to “The Thieving Magpie.” The familiar piece was famously used in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Then the VSO welcomes dancers from Columbia Dance Company, led by Becky Moore, to perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, including Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance and Waltz of the Flowers. Following intermission, famed soprano, Charlotte Pistor, comes to the stage to perform holiday carol favorites such as O Holy Night and an arrangement by Bruce Chase will take the audience on a tour of holiday music from around the world.