Photo: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 2011/2012 Opening Weekend concert: Jim Kimura Parker Plays Rachmaninoff. Parker, an internationally-acclaimed pianist who has played twice for Queen Elizabeth II and is an Officer of The Order of Canada, is a born-and-raised Vancouverite (though he now lives in Houston). His return to Vancouver with the VSO was absolutely triumphant: at last night’s concert, the packed crowd at the Orpheum gave him a three-minute standing ovation!
Every year, my partner and I make it a priority to see at least one concert (if not more) at the VSO. We’re huge fans of classical music in particular—though the VSO does a much wider variety of performances than just the classics (for example, there’s their widely-popular A Traditional Christmas concerts every December)—and have always been utterly impressed by the artistry of our home-town symphony. Last night was no exception. In addition to ably accompanying Parker’s brilliant rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the VSO brought the house down with a powerful performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
VSO Triumphantly Opens 2011/2012 Season