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Midori & The Planets Guest Conductor: Bramwell Tovey


Debussy’s serene piano piece, orchestrated by the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Then, Korngold’s achingly beautiful Violin Concerto (reimagined from his Oscar-winning film scores), performed by former child prodigy Midori, now a mesmerizing virtuoso. Finally, Holst’s dramatic interpretation of the cosmos. Music inspired by the galaxy itself — grand and exciting!
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Clair de Lune
Arr. Leopold Stokowski
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Concerto in D Major for Violin and
Orchestra, Op. 35
Moderato nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) The Planets
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Women of Pacific Chorale
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Midori & The Planets Guest Conductor: Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey

Grammy and Juno award-winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000. Under his leadership, the VSO has toured to China, Korea, across Canada and the United States.

Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011 next to the Orpheum, the VSO’s historic home.

His tenure has included complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler and Brahms as well as the establishment of an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus.

Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey

In the 2014-15 season, Tovey made guest appearances with several U.S. orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Kansas City Symphony. In Europe, he performed with the BBC Philharmonic and the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester and traveled to Australia on two separate occasions for engagements with symphonies of Melbourne and Sydney.

Guest Appearances

During the 2013-14 season, Tovey’s guest appearances included the BBC and Royal Philharmonics, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the Toronto Symphony. In the summer of 2014, he made his debut with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.

In 2003, Tovey won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. Commissions include the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011. A recording of the work by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original cast was issued on the Naxos label in 2014.

Pianist, Conductor, Composer

Earlier in 2014, his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the L.A. Philharmonic with Alison Balsom as soloist, who also performed the work with the Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014.

A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has appeared as a soloist with many major orchestras including the New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto and Royal Scottish orchestras. In the summer of 2014, he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Phil and in Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Image by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

He has also performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic.

Maestro Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001 where he founded the WSO’s now celebrated New Music Festival.


From 2002-06 he was music director of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, leading tours of Europe, the USA, China and Korea. He opened Luxembourg’s Salle Philharmonie with the world premiere of Penderecki’s 8th Symphony.

Tovey is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen and Winnipeg. In 2013, he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

In August 2011, he was described by Musical America as “one of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world.”

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