For movie fans, the music of George Gershwin may forever be linked to Woody Allen and New York City. Allen made evocative use of the composer’s work in his 1979 love letter to New York, Manhattan.
This week, concertgoers can experience “Rhapsody in Blue” and other legendary pieces in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicks off its London Drugs Pops series Oct 12 and 13 at the Orpheum Theatre with A Gershwin Celebration.
Leading the orchestra is Prinicipal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. Guests include soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, bassist Kevin Deas and the UBC Opera Ensemble.
The London Drugs Pops Series runs for six weeks, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville Street).
Fans of Broadway razzle-dazzle will want to check out the second Pops concert of the season, The Bright Lights of Broadway Nov 16 and 17. Tony-award winning singing sensation Debbie Gravitte, who has been called a “mega-talent,” and “one of the best voices on Broadway,” will perform tunes from Mamma Mia, Cats, Cabaret, Funny Girl, Chicago, and more.
Other concerts in the series include jazz singer Denzal Sinclaire paying tribute to Nat “King Cole, a St. Paddy’s Day celebration (including a U2 medley!) with Canadian Celtic act Leahy, guitarist John Pizzarelli‘s tribute to Duke Ellington, and trumpet player/ singer Byron Stripling teaming up with the VSO for a night of New Orleans jazz.
VSO Pops Series ticket info: $25 – $88 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available). Six-concert Series Subscriptions are available from $132. Buy tickets online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or call VSO customer service at 604.876.3434