This Sunday, much of the world celebrates Mother’s Day. While each country & culture has its own traditions, here in North America, the 2nd Sunday in May usually includes brunch, flowers & family.
While a family meal with the matriarch is common, you might be looking for a different option to celebrate Mom. Here’s a five options for Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, in Metro Vancouver that don’t include making reservations but do included doing something with Mom.
LAUGH: Vancouver TheatreSports celebrates Moms everywhere with its ‘mother of all Mother’s Day shows’ – MOM=WOW – a special, one-performance-only, Mom-themed show just for her at 4:00pm, after toast mom with a sip and the sunny views of the marina from the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge.
MUSEUM: Celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum, from 11am to 4:30pm, with a day packed with special activities, exhibitions and crafts planned with Moms and families in mind, top off your visit with a visit to the Ice Cream Parlour for a slice of Mother’s Day lavender cheesecake & tea.
TREES: If you’ve taken Mom for a visit to enjoy the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, enhance your own urban forest with the Vancouver Park Board Tree Sale, any unclaimed or unpurchased trees from the online sale may be purchased for cash on between 2-4pm at Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot.
MATINEE: Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) Symphony Orchestra, joined by internationally renowned pianist and VAM alumnus Jon Kimura Parker, brings its season to a close with a riveting performance of Stravinsky’s vibrant, folk-inspired Suite from The Firebird, at The Orpheum at 2pm.
The China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra (CBFSO), brings the sounds of movies to The Orpheum Theatre on January 12th for one night only.
The Canada-China Culture Development Association presents an evening of cinematic masterpieces. Cinema In Concert find the internationally-renowned CBFSO, led by acclaimed conductor Pang Ka Pang, performing dramatic scores from Oscar-winning films, while iconic scenes are projected above them. One of China’s oldest and finest symphony orchestras, the 80-member ensemble will bring life to film scores of five Academy Award winning composers, including Braveheart, Casablanca, Jurassic World, Legends of the Fall, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as works from China’s cinema.
Since forming in 1949, the CBFS Orchestra has performed and recorded music of nearly 2,000 films, TV dramas and documentaries. First touring abroad in 1992, the orchestra has now performed in more than 40 countries on five continents, working closely with renowned conductors, composers, dancers and performers.
During its performance at The Orpheum, the 80-piece orchestra will perform with special guest soloists from the local Vancouver music community, including the 100-member local community choral group, the Vancouver Folk Song and Dance Troupe.
Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra takes place Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm at The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale at ticketstonight.ca
Following the success of last year’s festival, Early Music Vancouver welcomes the 2nd Annual Vancouver Bach Festival, August 1 – 11, 2017. With performances at the Christ Church Cathedral downtown Vancouver, and at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, EMV offers a remarkable program of 14 concerts, ranging from intimate chamber music programmes to a full Passion Oratorio, and features over 60 performers from around the world.
Inspired by the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation, this year’s festival is a celebration of music’s ability to transform and persuade. The festival honours the genius of Bach and other composers who were so profoundly shaped by Luther’s influence.The Vancouver Bach Festival opens August 1st with Overtures to Bach, Canadian cellist Matt Haimovitz performing four of Bach’s Cello Suites.The festival then reaches its stirring finale with Bach’s St. John Passion on August 11 at the Chan Centre.Special guests performing in 2017 include two world-class vocal ensembles from Europe: Cinquecento and Gli Angeli Genève, whose internationally-acclaimed members will perform both as ensembles and soloists in other programmes throughout the festivities.
“Our second annual Vancouver Bach Festival is a celebration of music’s power to move people’s hearts and minds,” says Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of EMV. “More than a historical examination, this year’s festival is an incredible opportunity to be inspired and transformed by wonderful music and gifted artists from all over the world.”
Even 250+ years after his death, J.S. Bach is still regarded as one of the greatest composers in Western musical history, his vast catalogue of beautifully crafted classics are still revered, studied, and reinterpreted by music lovers across the globe.
In addition to the musical programming Early Music Vancouver is offering a series of free film screenings complementing some of the concerts as well as a range of expert talks. For a full program of the concerts, screenings and talks and to purchase tickets visit earlymusic.bc.ca
This weekend, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) played the second edition of the Harry Potter Film Series; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live. A full house at the Orpheum Theatre was filled with fans of the Potterverse.
Plenty of little wizards in robes roamed tried hard to contain their excitement as prepared to watch the second movie of the series, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra lead by guest conductor Justin Freer perform the film’s score live. Perfectly in sync with the film, the live orchestra gave more depth to the film score and filled the auditorium with the familiar notes. As the film progressed, the orchestra members faded into the background as the action took the fore and the music meshed perfectly.
VSO’s Harry Potter Live Film Series continues with the third film in the cinematic phenomenon, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, July 13, 14 & 15, 2017. Tickets go on sale for part three April 19th.
The cinema also comes to the Orpheum May 10 and 11 when VSO at the Movies celebrates the 35th Anniversary of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos leads the orchestra through John Williams classic sci-fi score.
As the CineConcerts orchestra took the stage with conductor Justin Freer leading the first strains of the opening fanfare Star Trek fans have known since that first episode was broadcast in 1966. The concerts and big-screen video montages take fans on a journey from The Original Series, through the last 50 years of Star Trek voyages aboard the Enterprise, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. The clips delved into the 5 Star Trek series, the 12 films, their crews and their personal relationships that have given the franchise such longevity.
While very few won’t recognize the main theme fanfare even as it has adapted over years, there is still plenty more music to bring memories to the forefront. Music from the various series; the villains themes, the gentle music of the intimate moments, the grand anthems of the action scenes, or the music from video games. After the intermission the music of the video games were guest conducted by composer Ron Jones, before Freer took over the baton again.
Last Friday, I was treated to my first visit to hear the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, for the VSO Pops performance “As Heard On TV”.
Guest conductor, Steve Reineke, musical director of The New York Pops, brought extra swing and charisma to the show as he lead the VSO through the show which highlighted music from television. Starting off with a History Of TV Overture, the opening number took the audience on an aural history of TV themes, from the 50’s to today; I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bonanza, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, X-Files and many more. The nostalgic Overture has something for everyone’s television theme memories. Conductor Reineke then introduces vocalist Christina Biano, making her Vancouver debut, for a medley from the musical show Smash and a singing Petula Clark’s “Downtown” during the tribute The Ed Sullivan Show which also included a orchestral medley of Beatles tunes. Highlights from Game Shows and Sports with the Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympic Fanfare. British TV was represented by the themes from Monty Python;s Flying Circus and Downton Abbey. Christina Bianco, the award-nominated stage musical singer has gained a huge YouTube following for her amazing vocal impressions which she showcased during a multi-voiced rendition of Neverland from Peter Pan; featuring her voices of Celine Dion, Kristen Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Britney Spears and many more. More TV theme favourites were featured during a sing-a-long segment with the words to the themes played on screen for the audience to join in. Children’s TV brought a twinge of nostalgia to the audience with a tribute to Jim Henson with the Sesame Street, The Muppets and Fraggle Rock themes. Ms Bianco wrapped up the show with more of her vocal skills on a Judy Garland Show segment. No TV theme show performance would be complete without The Golden Girls theme which found the audience joining in to sing during the encore.
As a TV junky, As Heard On TV was a perfect first visit to the VSO for me but it definitely won’t be my last.
Your Christmas Shopping is sure to include someone who loves the Arts & Entertainment scene. Whether their a TV junky, into binge watching their new ‘must watch’ series or a theatre lover, the diversity of likes and dislikes along with the plethora of options can make for some difficult Christmas Shopping.
Here’s a few ideas that might help. With TV viewing becoming more and more about binge watching and more great series coming to Netflix and other steaming system, the only requirement is a steaming media player like Apple TV, Roku 3 or Google Chromecast .