A Canwest News Service story published Tuesday (4/28) in the Vancouver Sun states, “The arts and cultural festival meant to complement the competitive sports competition in next year’s Winter Olympics has unveiled its first group of top Canadian and international performers, groups and artists. The eclectic cross-section is meant to appeal to a broad audience. It includes a play inspired by the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, the world premiere of new dances by Marie Chouinard and Crystal Pite, a return performance of the Kronos Quartet and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, dancing by Alberta Ballet to Joni Mitchell songs, and NiX, a love story set in a theatre of ice that includes a flaming tuba.” The Cultural Olympiad runs January 22 through March 21, 2010. “Vancouver Opera presents the Canadian premiere—and a new production—of John Adams’s modern masterpiece about U.S. President Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to China. … Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will give a rare live performance of Mahler’s monumental masterpiece, featuring hundreds of musicians, eight vocal soloists and three choirs, including soprano Measha Brueggergosman, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.”

Posted April 29, 2009

Photo: Bramwell Tovey leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra