The first-ever “Symphony at Sunset,” a free open-air concert, will be held at Sunset Beach Park July 14th
To kick-off the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 100th anniversary, the Vancouver Park Board and VSO are collaborating to present a free, open-air concert at Sunset Beach Park on July 14th. This “Symphony at Sunset” concert will bring symphonic music to the Vancouver public set against the sweeping views of English Bay.
The concert consists of a pre-concert program performed by student ensembles from the VSO School of Music at 7:15pm, and a sunset concert performed by the VSO from 8:30pm to 10:00pm. The selection of symphonic hits will include music by Leonard Bernstein, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and John Williams’ scores to Star Wars.
There will be food trucks on site for the event, and the public are encouraged to bring a picnic, a blanket and to make an evening of it at Sunset Beach Park. Concertgoers are asked to bring low chairs so as not to obstruct the view of other audience members.
This will be the first free outdoor VSO concert in Vancouver since 2011, when the VSO played in Stanley Park for the 125th Anniversary of the City. Both the VPB and VSO hope Symphony at Sunset will become a sustainable annual event and a gift to the people of Vancouver for years to come.
“We are thrilled to kick off the VSO’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board in a setting that will combine the scenic assets of our city with the cultural assets of our symphony,” said Kelly Tweeddale, President of the Vancouver Symphony Society and VSO School of Music. “In the great cities of the world, free concerts like this become a place where families can come together and experience the magnitude of a symphony performance and build lasting traditions. As we embark on the VSO’s next century, we hope that this will become a Vancouver tradition.”
Source: Inside Vancouver