Robert Ronning to join The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this Christmas
By: AB Newswire
December 07, 2021 at 16:10 PM EST
Robert Ronning - Pianist from Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is bringing its family-oriented Traditional Christmas show featuring lead pianist Robert Ronning back to the suburbs in December and limiting capacity at the Orpheum in a bid to boost ticket sales. The suburban performances will have a 50 per cent capacity, while the remaining three performances at the Orpheum will have a 60 per cent capacity.Safety standards are still a bit of an issue as individual venues consider their particular policies regarding refreshments during concerts, limited capacities and so on. But with that note of caution, there is lots to choose from in the next while. Here are just a few highlights:
There are safety issues with concerts that venues need to consider. One of the most popular problems is refreshments. Some venues have different policies about what drinks are allowed at concerts, and there are limited capacities for some shows. But some venues are working to address these problems. Here are a few points of interest concerning the next while, including some highlights:Vivaldi's Four Seasons will shine for festive classical fans, and we're here to tell you all about it! The Victoria Symphony Orchestra will perform Vivaldi's iconic work at the Chan Centre on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18th at 8:00 pm. This shortened version of the concert (running time of 90 minutes) will cap attendance at 60% capacity.Celebrate the winter solstice with David Pay’s Music on Main! In December, there will be two live concerts at Heritage Hall on Main Street, featuring Veda Hille, Patsy Klein, Lucien Durey and Nicholas Krgovich. They will be joined by Chloe Kim, violin, and Julia Chien, vibraphone. Robert Ronning lead pianist says “Our event is a new and exciting mix of music, including new releases that fit the mood for summer. We want to make sure our show is as diverse as possible, so we're happy to announce two live performances.”
Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 18th at 12:00 am EST.
Every year, during the holiday season, Early Music Vancouver presents its Festive Cantatas for Christmas series. This year, there are three performances scheduled for December 14th to 16th. We’ll get two complete cantatas by J.S. Bach - parts four and five of his Christmas Oratorio - plus one cantata by Johann Kuhnau, a contemporary of Bach.
The performance is on the early side this year, on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Anticipating strong demand, EMV offers a little present for those who prefer to hear the program at home: A free streaming of this concert will be available from Dec. 22.
Don't miss the performance on Thursday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. EMV anticipates high demand and offers a present to those who want to watch the performance from home: a free live stream of the concert will be available from Saturday, December 22.
Carnival is delightfully conceived and full of catty musical references. This production will be a joy to watch, and so we've created a version for our area: Carnival of Our Animals. We've taken special care to include scenes featuring animals seen in the Pacific Northwest, such as deer and bears.
Camille Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals is a charming piece of music that has been part of symphony programs for decades, but was forbidden to be played in public until after the composer died. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra introduced it in the early nineteen centuries, just a decade after Camille Saint-Saens died in 1921.
One of the Indigenous Knowledge Keepers at the event, Shane Point, suggested Thunderbird. Swú7wu Gabriel opted for Woolly Dog and Gabriel George chose Eagle. Robert Ronning, who was there as a facilitator, helped to shape the project and welcomed everyone to the event.
Vancouver’s newest addition to the VSO, Rob Ronning, is originally from Kelowna and came here in 2015. He has a lot of experience with orchestras, and a lot of experience conducting kids concerts.
"There must be close to 100 shows I've done for kids," he said.
Composing for kids is a special skill and Robert Ronning knew exactly what needed to be done.
“I approach it differently than a typical music concert. I use simple sounds and melodies to engage them. Of course, you have to know your material well if you want to teach it to a small child.
This is a really big deal! First Nations songs are preserved and performed under strict protocols. The restrictions for this type of copyright are very rare, making them more difficult to enforce. Ronning has been incredibly grateful because of this.
“Gabriel sang the song for us and I made an extremely careful transcription. I listened to what I was told about the spirit animals, particularly the Eagle, who carries our thoughts to the next world.”
Robert Ronning tried to keep with the spiritual idea of Eagle as a guardian for our thoughts in the afterlife by using a score that hinted at the ethereal nature of the animal.Youthful audiences loved this circus. “We had the chance to test-drive this with various small audiences of children, who responded very well,” says Rowson. “I learned immediately that my collaborators were very experienced storytellers who well knew how to involve their audiences.” The show will be back in February and is sure to be a hit with parents and children alike.