Summer in Vancouver is awesome! One of my favorite activities is outdoor concerts.
Last weekend, we were treated to an amazing symphony on the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza as the Vancouver Orchestra Club presented Cinema Under the Stars. The Vancouver Orchestra Club is composed of recreational and hobby musicians who enjoy assembling for regular rehearsals and public performances. There was something for everyone as we heard a range of movie music from James Bond to Jurassic Park. Conductor Peggy Hua had a personable and engaging way of interacting with the audience and concluded the set with the theme from ET. Audience members of all ages seemed to get caught up in the music – one very young patron accompanied the orchestra on her air drums throughout the concert.
This weekend – June 28 and 29 – brings another musical event to the Roundhouse with the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
This is part of a series of events that began on June 20 and are taking place throughout the city. I’ve always enjoyed the festival within a festival environment at the Roundhouse as the Roundhouse and neighbouring David Lam Park come alive with multiple performance venues, an artisan market, a family activity zone, and food vendors.
“Our goal is to create a sense of community where people can come together and be inspired by the music.” John Orysik, Coastal Jazz & Blues Society
At the David Lam Park Stage we can look forward to free performances by Sprїng, Euan Burton & Occurrences, Lorraine Klaasen, Tanga, David Ward, and Delhi 2 Dublin on Saturday. On Sunday, the TD High School Intensive with guest conductor Tomeka Reid, Ibrahim Electric, BESTiE, The 24th Street Wailers, Miami Device, and The Belle Game will perform.
An educational component is an important part of the philosophy behind the Festival. Dal Richards will be announcing the 2014 winner of the Dal Richards Bursary Fund as well as the TD Bank Group Scholarships for Music Studies at the start of the TD High School Intensive performance on Sunday. Also, be sure to check out the Workshops @ The Studio series which encourages fans, students, and emerging musicians to take part in collaborative sessions.
In addition to the performances at David Lam Park, free concerts will take place both days inside the Roundhouse at the Exhibition Hall Stage, and ticketed performances can be enjoyed at the Performance Centre Stage, also located inside the building.
See you there!
By Karen Clare, Roundhouse Blog Team. Karen has a background in psychology and human resources. She enjoys engaging with the community and is an active volunteer with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Fringe Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.