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Whistler Welcomes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July

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Whistler Welcomes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July

Whistler Welcomes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July

What do you get when you pair the sophisticated sound of classical music with an outdoor mecca like Whistler?

This summer, experience for yourself what happens when outer-worldly music is combined with spectacular natural scenery. From July 1 to July 5, 2014, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will once again visit beautiful Whistler, British Columbia to treat locals and visitors alike to nine incredible al fresco performances. And did I mention that the shows are free?

The Experience

Picture yourself settled on a picnic blanket on the lawn at the Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village. You’re surrounded by couples, groups of friends, families with their pups in tow, and curious passerbys settled on blankets and lawn chairs, or perched on steps.

The sun is setting over a perfect summer day—one that was likely filled with plenty of adrenaline-fueled activities, now culminating with the sweet sounds of a full orchestra. The orchestra is on stage, framed by Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, with the Olympic rings just off to the side. It's the epitome of perfection.

The Program

The first Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performance will take place on Tuesday, July 1st at 3:00 PM. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Canada Day: the concert, conducted by Gordon Gerrard, will kick off with a performance of our beautiful national anthem, O Canada.

Wednesday, July 2nd will see hour-long brass quintet concerts throughout the day (shows begin at 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM), which are not to be missed.

Friday, July 4th brings a couple of hour-long concerts featuring a string quartet (shows begin at 11 AM and 1:30 PM), with a full symphony orchestra concert in the evening. Our American friends visiting to celebrate Independence Day will be thrilled to hear a performance of the Star Spangled Banner. The evening’s program features an eclectic mix with something for everyone, from a Star Wars Suite to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Saturday, July 5th has a similar schedule, with a string quarter concert during the day (beginning at 1:30 PM) and a full orchestra performance as the grand finale of the weekend. This concert features Bizet’s Carmen Suite, conducted by Teddy Abrams.

The Details

This will mark the third straight year that Whistler has welcomed the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to town. The concerts tend to be quite popular—and for a good reason! Here’s what you need to know so that you don’t miss out on the action:
  • Arrive early. The evening concerts start at 8:45 PM, but the lawn in the Olympic Plaza will fill up well before then. Head down to the plaza early to stake your spot.
  • Bring layers. Balmy summer days in Whistler can cool down significantly at night. Once the sun settles beyond the horizon, you’ll want to slip on a sweater and snuggle up under an extra blanket.
  • Plan your snacks. The quick food outlets around Olympic Plaza—Starbucks, Blenz, Dairy Queen—get packed with people snagging a cone or a cup of coffee. Venture beyond the shops in the immediate vicinity to beat the lines. Try some of the places on Main Street, just past Marketplace: Mount Currie Coffee is a great place for a warm beverage, while Dups can serve up a mean burrito to go.
  • The more, the merrier. The concerts are 100% family friendly, so give your kids a taste of culture and watch them sway into the night. Four-legged friends are welcome, too.
 
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