Vancouver, Washington is often overlooked given its close proximity to the Northwest’s up-and-coming metropolitan mecca, Portland. But Vancouver has it’s own vibrant arts scene, with one of the finest examples being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a 75-member ensemble led by Maestro Salvador Brotons.
The Symphony began in 1972 as the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with 20 members under the direction of Larry Hirtzel. They became the Vancouver Community Orchestra, which later joined forces with another small orchestra to form the VSO.
Each season, the symphony performs 5 programs with two performances of each (Saturdays at 3 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.). During the season, the orchestra also performs a number of special events featuring guest artists and special programming. New subscribers save up to 30% off of single ticket prices for 5-concert subscriptions.
Any symphony worth its bow strings has a thriving education and outreach program and VSO is no different. In addition to its regular activities, the symphony sponsors a number of programs, including the annual Young Artists Competition.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Information
- Public Transportation: No
- Handicapped Accessible: Yes
- Performances/Programs: 5 programs per season, 10 regular concerts
- Ticket Prices: $29 general admission, $42 reserved seating, $24 seniors, $9 students with valid ID.
- Subscriptions: Yes. Subscriptions sold for packages of three, four or five concerts (general admission, reserved seating and senior prices). Easy ticket exchanges.
- Group Discounts: No
- Membership: Yes. Friends Of The VSO membership is $50, $75 for couple, numerous benefits.