Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  Take your loved ones out and about everywhere this weekend; there’s something for everyone of all ages!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…

 

Say Hi To A Stranger Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Say Hi To A Stranger Weekend; February 13 – February 15 @ all over Metro Vancouver
Free, just say hi!
What would happen if you went up to a stranger to say “hi”?  Do you have “stranger danger”?  All change requires a single step.  Embrace the weekend, shatter those barriers, and say hi to a complete stranger!

 

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Friday February 13th

 

 

Northwest Comedy Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NorthWest Comedy Fest; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Prices vary
Stand up.  Improv.  Other stuff.  The NWCF will be bringing you your stand up favourites and championing the up and comers you didn’t even know you loved.  Don’t miss the podcasts and all ages events.  On through February 21.

Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Lover’s Art Valentine’s Eve Concert; 8:00PM @ Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St), Vancouver
$36.75; other pricing in effect
Start your Valentine celebrations the night before!  The music is calculated to give you a lift, with lovesongs and some lifesongs as well, to balance things out.  Featuring wonderful poetry Edna St. Vincent Millay to Stephen Sondheim, and guest duo-pianists Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas.  Tickets through Ticketmaster (outlet available at Tickets Tonight).

Canadian Improv Games | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canadian Improv Games Regional Tournament; 7:30PM @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
$5.00
CIG is the biggest and most geographically dispersed theatre festival in Canada, bringing together high school students across the country to explore improv in a supportive and fun environment.  The Regional Tournament Wildcard Round tonight features secondary school teams from all over Metro Vancouver.  Don’t miss the Finals on February 14!

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

DiCaprio Double Bill | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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DiCaprio Double Bill; doors 7:30PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
Single film: $6 advance, $8 at the door; Double bill: $10 advance, $14 at the door; 19+ only
It’s the Valentine’s Day-esque Leonardo DiCaprio double bill you’ve waited your whole life for!  Bring a date, your besties, or fly solo – but don’t forget to bring the Kleenex for James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) followed by Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO + JULIET (1996).

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Vancouver Canucks | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins; 7:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Giffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
$97-336
Regular season scheduled game against the Boston Bruins.

Africa Fête Festival: Drum & Dance; doors 7:15PM @ Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St), Granville Island
$23 advance, $30 at the door; other pricing in effect
Join New Works and Caravan World Rhythms on a three-day Festival of African, Afro-Brasilian, Afro-Hatitian and Afro-Peruvian musica and dance!  Don’t miss the evening dance and performances tonight on Granville Island.  The festival runs through February 15.

Aberdeen Centre - Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free admission
Get ready to ring in the Year of the Sheep!  An annual tradition since 1989, check out the festive decorations, specialty foods, fresh flowers, gifts, novelty goods; all that you need to celebrate the lunar new year.  Extended hours till 12:30AM midnight on February 18 (Countdown Night to the Year of the Sheep).  On through February 19.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.  On through February 15.

The Wellness Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The Wellness Show; 12:00PM-7:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), Canada Place building, downtown Vancouver
$12.50, other pricing in effect; 3 day pass available
The West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping you live your very best life.   The show includes includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics all under one roof.  There are 5 stages featuring fitness demonstrations, workshops, presentations, seminars, the incredibly popular Celebrity Chef Stage.. and loads more!  On through February 15.

 

 

 


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Saturday February 14th

 

 

 

Early Music Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Early Music Vancouver: GF Handel’s Theodora; 7:30PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), Vancouver
$16-63
Theodora is a beautifully tragic work and not only one of Handel’s largest-scale oratorios, but also one of his personal favourites. This superb production features 28 members of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, 40 members of the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and five internationally acclaimed soloists, all under the direction of luminary conductor, Alexander Weimann.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.  On through February 15.

Fort Langley - Pioneering Love Dinner & Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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2nd Annual Pioneering Love Dinner & Tour; 4:45PM/6:00PM/7:15PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
$50 per person
At this unique dine-and-tour event, couples will be treated to a delicious meal inside the historic site with atmospheric live music.  After the meal, a costumed-interpreter will lead a walking tour highlighting Fort Langley’s rich tales of love.  Complete the evening around a cozy fire.

Valentine’s Day at Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a romantic skate with your special someone and renewing your vows, or better yet getting married!  An officiant from Young, Hip and Married will be providing complimentary vow renewals and wedding ceremonies from 2-4PM.  In the evening, the rink will be filled with romantic music, a perfect way to begin or cap off a special valentine’s day with the one you love.

Joy of Jazz Concert - My Funny Valentine - John Alcorn | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Joy of Jazz Concerts: My Funny Valentine; doors 7:00PM @ St James Hall (3214 W 10th Ave), Vancouver
$25 advance, $30 at the door
Toronto based vocalist John Alcorn makes his first Vancouver appearance.  He’ll be singing with the always incredible duo of Bill Coon and Darren Radtke.  This will be an elegant evening of music with John performing a wonderful repertoire of songs certain to romance listeners by jazz music.

NorthWest Comedy Fest; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Prices vary
Stand up.  Improv.  Other stuff.  The NWCF will be bringing you your stand up favourites and championing the up and comers you didn’t even know you loved.  Don’t miss the podcasts and all ages events.  On through February 21.

Nat Bailey Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

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ValenTango: Traditional & Alternative Tango Milonga; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ West Point Grey Community Centre (4697 W 2nd Ave), Vancouver
$15 at the door
Experience a special ValenTango evening to combine the heart of Valentines and the passion of tango!  Maestro Louis spins popular traditional and alternative tango music on a vintage sensational sound system.

Romantic Stanley Park: A Historical Walking Tour; 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (at the viewing plaza, corner of Chilco St at Alberni St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10, other pricing in effect; pre-registration required
Take your loved ones for a Valentine’s Day stroll through some of the most romantic spots in Stanley Park.  Hear historical relationship stories that run the gamut, from amorous to shady.  Phone 604.718.6522 or email programs@stanleyparkecology.ca to register.

Canadian Improv Games | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canadian Improv Games Regional Tournament; 7:30PM @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
$12.00
CIG is the biggest and most geographically dispersed theatre festival in Canada, bringing together high school students across the country to explore improv in a supportive and fun environment.  The Regional Tournament Finals tonight features secondary school teams from all over Metro Vancouver.  Come cheer on your favourite teams!

Valentine’s Day Picnic; 10:00AM-4:ooPM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$42 per package
Treat your Valentine to a picnic!  Take a romantic stroll through the beautiful 55 acres at, enjoy classic tunes, snap a sweet selfie, and dine al fresco amongst the trees or overlooking one of the picturesque lakes.  The package includes garden admission for 2 people and a delicious picnic lunch from Truffles Café with 2 gourmet sandwiches, 2 cold drinks and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! Bring your own basket and blanket; more details at the link.

Treat Yourself Distillery Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Off The Eaten Track: “Treat Yourself” Distillery Tour; 3:00PM-6:00PM, meet @ The Liberty Distillery (1494 Old Bridge St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$75; 19+ only
Don’t miss this special “treat yourself” version of the Vancouver Distillery Tour that will include a visit to 3 local craft distilleries and a special stop to Mancakes Bakery for some booze inspired cupcakes!  Sip on local spirits, get a private behind-the-scenes look at the distilleries and some lovely bites to eat.  Transportation included in a culinary cruiser.

SFU Hockey: Swipe Right Valentine’s Night; 7:00PM @ Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave), Burnaby
$10; other pricing in effect
Bring a date, or find one here as SFU takes on Trinity Western’s Spartans.  Slide that Tinder search radius all the way down and start swiping right – find your Valentine while you two both enjoy some great hockey.  Impress your date with your mad trivia skills, Frisbee tossing prowess, or ability to win snacks with some killer dance moves.  More details at the link.

Valentine's Carnival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Valentine’s Carnival; 6:00PM-2:00AM @ Casa Nova Cafe (194 W 3rd Ave), Vancouver
$5 admission
Experience the joy and revelry of Carnivals.  Put on your best colourful costume for this Fiesta night and check out the Spanish tapas, beer, sangría, games and prizes, and music by Spanish band Sureando.

Burlesque Duos; doors 8:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$20 advance, $25 at the door
It takes two to tango this Valentines Day! Back after last year’s sold out show, the highly anticipated Burlesque Duos will feature never seen before Burlesque duets featuring eight of Vancouver’s top teasers.  Click the link for full performance details.

Vancouver New Music - Untitled #275 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver New Music: Untitled #275; doors 7:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
Untitled #275 is an unorthodox piano concert composition created by Spanish composer and sound artist Francisco López and Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt. Presented in two movements, the piece moves from mechanically-prepared piano, to electronically-mutated piano.  More details at the link.

9th Annual Flea Market & Japanese Book Sale; 10:30PM-4:30PM @ Nikkei Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres), Burnaby
Free admission
Someone’s garakuta (junk) is another’s otakara (treasure)!   Join the hunt and find your treasure!  Thousands of secondhand items available, including Japanese books, comics and magazines, all for amazing bargain prices.  Also craft vendors, a Kids Zone, and local food trucks and vendors serving up delicious delights.

Africa Fête Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Africa Fête Festival: Drum & Dance; workshops 1:30PM-5PM; performance 8:00PM @ Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St), Granville Island
$23 advance, $30 at the door; other pricing in effect
Join New Works and Caravan World Rhythms on a three-day Festival of African, Afro-Brasilian, Afro-Hatitian and Afro-Peruvian musica and dance!  Don’t miss the workshops today and the evening dance and performances on Granville Island. The festival runs through February 15.

Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free admission
Get ready to ring in the Year of the Sheep!  An annual tradition since 1989, check out the festive decorations, specialty foods, fresh flowers, gifts, novelty goods; all that you need to celebrate the lunar new year.  Extended hours till 12:30AM midnight on February 18 (Countdown Night to the Year of the Sheep).  On through February 19.

Garry Point Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Garry Point Park/West Dyke Walking Tour; 10:00AM-11:00AM @ Garry Point Park (12011 7th Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free
Join this special Valentine’s Day walk, looping around Garry Point park and continuing along the West Dyke trail.  Take in the views of the Gulf Islands and Coastal Mountains.  Be sure to wear red for a special treat!

The Wellness Show; 10:00AM-7:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), Canada Place building, downtown Vancouver
$12.50, other pricing in effect; 3 day pass available
The West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping you live your very best life.   The show includes includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics all under one roof.  There are 5 stages featuring fitness demonstrations, workshops, presentations, seminars, the incredibly popular Celebrity Chef Stage.. and loads more!  On through February 15.

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Golf & Travel Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$12, other pricing in effect; kids 17 and under free
The biggest golf and travel event in Western Canada., with over 125 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators.  Don’t miss the guest speakers, demos, and seminars throughout the day.  On through February 15.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Beethovan & Bartok; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-90; other pricing in effect
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård leads a program of fascinating contrasts.  Beginning with a truly Classical symphony, the music then moves to VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop’s interpretation of the essentially late-Romantic First Violin Concerto by one of the twentieth century’s most important composers, Béla Bartók – then, it’s back to Beethoven, and the very first stirrings of the Romantic age.

 


 

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Sunday February 15th

 

 

Winter Games Legacy Celebration | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Winter Games Legacy Celebration; 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way), False Creek South, Vancouver
Free admission
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already!  Grab your red mittens and celebrate and commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athlete’s Village.  Featuring a playback of Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic events, games, kids’ craft stations, and much more!

Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free admission
Get ready to ring in the Year of the Sheep!  An annual tradition since 1989, check out the festive decorations, specialty foods, fresh flowers, gifts, novelty goods; all that you need to celebrate the lunar new year.  Extended hours till 12:30AM midnight on February 18 (Countdown Night to the Year of the Sheep).  On through February 19.

Modern Japanese Calligraphy Workshop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Modern Japanese Calligraphy Workshop; 1:00PM-3:00PM @ Nikkei Centre (3366 Southoaks Cres), Burnaby
$30, includes calligraphy set rental and supplies; pre-registration required
Kisyuu is a calligraphy master who creates both traditional and modern style of calligraphy arts. Learn basic calligraphy rules and Japanese calligraphy history, try art style calligraphy, and learn to write your name in calligraphy!  Email info@kisyuu-calligraphy.com for your spot.

Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project & Cécile McLorin Salvant; 7:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$36-72
Terri Lyne Carrington leads her GRAMMY Award winning Mosaic Project, a platform that brings together a diverse range of inimitable female jazz artists.  Tonight’s performance features the sultry sounds of jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant for a rich and musically eclectic evening.  Don’t miss the pre-show talk at 6:15PM.  More details at the link.

Northwest Comedy Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NorthWest Comedy Fest; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Prices vary
Stand up.  Improv.  Other stuff.  The NWCF will be bringing you your stand up favourites and championing the up and comers you didn’t even know you loved.  Don’t miss the podcasts and all ages events.  On through February 21.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Africa Fête Festival - AfroVibras Perú & Samba Fusion | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Africa Fête Festival: AfroVibras Perú & Samba Fusion; 2:00PM-5:00PM @ CBC Studios (700 Hamilton St), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Suggested donation $15
Expanding the scope of discussion around Black History Month, the February edition of Dance Allsorts presents a mixed program of Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Brazilian dance tradition from two of Vancouver’s leading dance collectives.  Part of the Africa Fête Festival.

Gulf of Georiga Cannery Farmers’ Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Ryerson United Church | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Sundays at 3: David Stratkauskas, Organist; 3:00PM @ Ryerson United Church (2195 W 45th Ave), Vancouver
$15 at the door; other pricing in effect
Part of a series of Sunday afternoon organ concerts, featuring Vancouver’s largest Canadian pipe organ.  Clink the link for more info on today’s performance.

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$12, other pricing in effect; kids 17 and under free
The biggest golf and travel event in Western Canada., with over 125 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators.  Don’t miss the guest speakers, demos, and seminars throughout the day.  On through February 15.

The Wellness Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The Wellness Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), Canada Place building, downtown Vancouver
$12.50, other pricing in effect; 3 day pass available
The West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping you live your very best life.   The show includes includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics all under one roof.  There are 5 stages featuring fitness demonstrations, workshops, presentations, seminars, the incredibly popular Celebrity Chef Stage.. and loads more!

Friends of Chamber Music: Finckel, Han, Setzer Trio; 3:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$45; other pricing in effect
Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make as fine a piano trio as the world knows.  Hear the music of two great composers who bookend the Romantic period, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.  It promises to be an afternoon of Romantic expression and passion – a perfect way to cap off Valentine’s Day weekend!

 

 


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