Vancouver Symphony opens with world

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition local composer Kevin Walczyk wrote Voices from the Water specifically for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His will be the feature work of the season opening "Chart Your Course" performances in this the Symphony’s 27th season. The 2005-2006 season entitled "EXPLORE YOUR WORLD WITH MUSIC" is also the 15th anniversary of Salvador Brontos, internationally known conductor and composer.

In honor of the opening of Maestro Brotons’ 15th anniversary season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Friends of VSO Conductor’s Circle will host a "Salute to Salvador" dinner at Royal Oaks Country Club following the October 8th concert. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased through the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra office.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra hosts a Musical Conversation, a lively and informative pre-concert talk by local music experts or guest artists about the music and composers, one hour prior to each concert.

Other performances this year include "Discovery" on November 12th & 13th; "The Road Less Traveled" in January; "Celestial Navigation" February 24th and 26th; and "Journey’s End" May 6th and 7th.

Concerts are at Skyview H.S. Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th Street, Vancouver. All performances are 3pm Saturdays and 7pm Sundays, except for the February concert, "CELESTIAL NAVIGATION", which will be performed at 8pm Friday and 3pm Sunday.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the largest professional symphony orchestra in Southwest Washington founded in 1978. More than 70 musicians led by internationally known conductor/composer Salvador Brotons perform major concerts from October to May with some summer events, including free outdoor community concerts. The Symphony also performs in-school concerts, has a youth outreach program and sponsors an annual Young Artist Competition and concert.