The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at VAMF

With three main stage concerts in Esther Short Park, a silent film concert and a special event with screen and stage actor Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (The Wire, The Walking Dead), there is so much to look forward to at the Vancouver USA Arts & Music Festival!
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Astral Mixtape - Educational Ensemble In-Residence

Prior to each Main Stage performance and during the intermissions there will be a performance by Astral Mixtape, the educational ensemble in residence sponsored by The Kuni Foundation. Astral Mixtape is known for their unique combination of the spectacle of pop, the spontaneity of jazz, and the experimentation of contemporary music.

Friday, August 4th

Esther Short Park Main Stage

Opening act at 6pm, main concert at 7pm
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Time For Three with the VSO

This concert features GRAMMY-winning trio Time For Three, whose captivating sound merges classical, Americana, and singer-songwriter styles, resonating globally. Conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons.
  • Overture to “Candide” - Leonard Bernstein
  • Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'N Roses
  • Vertigo - Steve Hackman
  • Philly Phunk
  • Deanna
  • Banjo Love
  • Csárdás - Vittorio Monit
  • Danzón No.2 - Arturo Márquez
  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
  • She Don't Care (from "Songs of Joy")
  • Joy (from "Songs of Joy")
  • Eleanor Rigby/Bittersweet Symphony - The Beatles/The Verve

Fort Vancouver Parade Ground

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Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. with Rodney Sauer

The VSO's highly popular silent film concert, now under the stars! Score Compiler Rodney Sauer and VSO soloists provide live accompaniment for comedy legend Buster Keaton's riotous "Sherlock, Jr." on the parade grounds lawn. Bring a blanket and some popcorn!

Saturday, August 5th

Kiggins Theatre


Panel with Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

Known for his portrayal of D’Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The Wire, a role which earned him much critical acclaim, and for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. will share his experiences working on primetime television and in Hollywood.

Esther Short Park Main Stage

Opening act at 6pm, main concert at 7pm
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Anne Akiko Meyers with the VSO

With opening act Astral Mixtape. Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most esteemed violinists and regularly performs around the world as soloist with leading orchestras, in recital and is a prolific recording artist with over 40 recordings. Conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz.
  • The Incredible Flutist - Walter Piston
  • Violin Concerto - Samuel Barber
  • Variations on "America" - Charles Ives
  • Four Hymns Without Words - Adolphus Hailstork
  • An American in Paris Suite - George Gershwin

Sunday, August 6th

Esther Short Park Main Stage

Opening act at 2pm, main concert at 3pm
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Orli Shaham with the VSO

With opening act Astral Mixtape. A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz.
  • Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Symphony No. 9 - Antonín Dvořák