Announcing The VSO’s 2020/21 Season

Announcing The VSO’s 2020/21 Season

Welcome to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 2020/21 season and Otto Tausk’s third as Music Director. From Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and MahlerFest, this season is one you won’t want to miss. Other concerts to look forward to include Stuart Copeland from The Police, Paul Shaffer, West Side Story and much, much more. Join us as a subscriber for an exciting 2020/21 season with the VSO.

Subscribing is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on a riveting season of performances. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public starting summer 2020.

Subscription packages on sale now!

Subscribe by March 21 for a chance to win your subscription for free!

Buy any VSO Season Ticket Subscription package and get great perks!

  • Free ticket exchanges and replacements
  • Save 15% on any additional VSO ticket purchases
  • Get first access to special concerts and offers throughout the season and get first access to the best seats

Purchase your subscription by March 21 for a chance to win your season tickets for free!

  • Subscribe by April 11 and you could win your subscription for free PLUS a lunch with Maestro Otto Tausk
  • Itzhak Perlman with the VSO goes on sale to the general public on May 2
  • Early-bird price deadline ends on June 6
  • Un-renewed subscription seats released to the public on June 13

Ready to subscribe? Call the VSO Box Office at (604) 876-3434 or subscribe online at

2020/21 Masterworks Series Highlights

  • Music Director Otto Tausk opens the season with the return of Violinist James Ehnes in Sibelius’ rich and soulful concerto in Ehnes, Sibelius & Strauss
  • Tausk Conducts Beethoven’s 9th to complete the Beethoven 250 celebration
  • Mahler, Goerne & Grimaud features the “superb” (New York Times) German baritone Matthias Goerne performing Mahler’s contrasting Ruckert-Lieder to open MahlerFest
  • Brahms Requiem with Bach Toccata & Fugue showcases Canadian baritone Russell Braun and soprano Hélène Brunet in Brahms’ A German Requiem
  • Maestro Bramwell Tovey brings cello superstar Mischa Maisky to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in Maisky and Tovey
  • The Art of the Horn: Strauss, Wagner and Zemlinsky features Berlin Phil principal horn Stefan Dohr with Strauss’s dramatic Horn Concerto in an evening that includes the music of Wagner and Zemlinsky

Masterworks Gold Series sponsored by Newmont Canada and Masterworks Diamond Series sponsored by Assante Wealth Management


2020/21 Musically Speaking & Classical Traditions

  • Maestro Tausk leads a program of classical saxophone with the remarkable Amy Dickson, bookened by two classical symphonies, Prokfiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in Beethoven, Ibert, Prokofiev and Amy Dickson
  • Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani dazzles in An Evening of Bachs
  • Tabea Zimmermann, the finest violist in the world today, leads the VSO in a concert of remembrance and hope — to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, orchestra members will perform on the Violins of Hope, instruments owned by Jewish families during the Holocaust in Suite Hébraïque
  • Masetro Tausk leads in Haydn’s Creation, featuring The Creation, one of the composer’s key masterpieces that provides a radiant vision of the story of Genesis

**Classical Traditions at the Chan Centre has moved from Friday to Saturday and Sunday performances

Explore Musically Speaking   Explore Classical Traditions

2020/21 Symphony Sundays


  • Highly-acclaimed pianist Jan Lisiecki meets Maestro Tausk for the first time in Beethoven’s Emperor
  • Internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin leads an all-American program — Appalachian Spring meets Barber’s nostalgia plus McTee’s playful Double Play, commissioned by Slatkin
  • Songs of the Earth: Mahler meets Tan Dun, a program contemplating ancient ideas of the earth and our place on it, featuring Mahler’s Songs of the Earth and Chinese superstar composer Tan Dun’s Earth Concerto
  • Two brilliant new voices take you on a beautiful journey to Prague in Mozart & Dvořák, opening with Mozart’s exuberant Haffner and diving into the music of Janáček and Dvořák, featuring American violinist Stefan Jackiw

Symphony Sundays Series sponsored by RGF Integrated Wealth Management

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2020/21 Pops Series Highlights


  • Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged features Legendary rock star and composer Stewart Copeland, founder of one of rock’s most beloved bands, The Police
  • The Oscar award-winning Hollywood classic film Singin’ in the Rain with the VSO performing the score live
  • Grammy-winning vocalist Lisa Fischer takes centre stage in a stunning night of R&B and classic rock in Lisa Fischer: Just a Kiss Away
  • Paul Shaffer in Symphony features longtime music director to late night host David Letterman, as he shares symphonic renditions of his favourite tunes plus anecdotes from a remarkable career in showbiz

VSO Pops Series sponsored by London Drugs

2020/21 VSO Specials & Digital Concert Hall

  • The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on Tour comes to Vancouver for its only appearance in Canada in November
  • The legendary Itzhak Perlman returns to Vancouver with the popular Bruch Violin Concerto in January
  • MahlerFest celebrates the last master of the grand romantic symphonic tradition, Gustav Mahler in February
  • Hear Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score performed live by the VSO while the newly re-mastered film, West Side Story plays on the big screen in October
  • The musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years comes to life in Rocketman — Film with Orchestra in January
  • Back by popular demand, Home Alone — Film with Orchestra returns, featuring renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score to celebrate the holiday season in December

VSO Digital Concert Hall presented by Telus

2020/21 Surrey Nights & North Shore Classics


  • Debussy, Piazolla and Fung with the evocative La mer, latin and classical worlds of Piazzolla collide, and composer Vivian Fung’s new work for VSO Principal Flautist Christie Reside
  • Charming 16-year-old pianist Yoav Levanon astounds with a pair of beloved rhapsodies in Rachmaninoff and Gershwin Rhapsodies
  • The music of Elgar, Walton, and Britten, including The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, is at the heart of delightful English program Pomp & Circumstance

VSO Kids Concerts sponsored by OriginO and Little Kids Concerts sponsored by CanadaLife

2020/21 Tea & Trumpets & VSO at The Annex


  • The 2020/21 season features a tour of the great musical capitals of the world, mixed with entertaining stories and narration from Vancouver’s very own Bard, host Christopher Gaze, alongside VSO Assistant Conductor, Andrew Crust; complimentary tea & cookies are served in the Orpheum lobby starting at 1:00PM
  • Three composers take up mini-residencies with the VSO to curate à la carte, concerts of their own music and works that have influenced their careers. Dive into the imaginations and sound worlds of Canadian composers Rodney Sharman, Vivian Fung, and Barbara Croall

Tea & Trumpets Series sponsored by PARC Retirement Living



2020/21 VSO Kids Concerts


  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs is the classic tale of a young boy learning about the strange noises and the moody man living upstairs
  • Fireflight: Circus West meets the VSO is a circus parable about a young hummingbird fighting a raging forest fire through compelling circus artistry and music
  • What a Wonderful World features jazz bassist and educator Jodi Proznick as she explores musical colours from around the world with special guests from Asia, Africa, South America, and the VSO
  • Introduce your kids to the basics of science of sound the instruments of the symphony with the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn in The Silly Scientist

VSO Kids Concerts sponsored by OriginO and Little Kids Concerts sponsored by CanadaLife


2020 VSO Summer


  • In partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society, the VSO presents Symphonic PRIDE — an evening celebrating the music, talent, and diversity of the LGBTQ community
  • Power up the DeLorean and get ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the unforgettable classic Back to the Future in Concert with the VSO performing Alan Silvestri’s musical score live in sync with the movie
  • Revisit the original Star Wars trilogy with its climactic finale and experience John Williams’ grand, emotional score in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as the VSO performs it live with the film



















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