Vancouver Symphony Orchestra teams up with host nations in upcoming concert

The VSO and host nations xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) present The Path Forward on April 10.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and its Aboriginal Council come together to present The path to follow later this month, bringing together traditional songs and stories from the Host Nations with the VSO Orchestra.

The VSO will perform Carnival of OUR Animalsa Coast Salish reinvented for the beloved of Saint-Saëns animal carnivalby composer Ian Cusson Native Songs from the House of Deathand a special performance by Chief Dan George’s Coast Salish Anthem.

Held April 10 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Vancouver, the afternoon event also mixes the poetry of Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles with contemporary Indigenous music, art and fashion.

The Path Forward is dedicated to the late Elder Lillian Howard, who passed away in October 2021. Howard was a founding member of the VSO Aboriginal Council, along with Chastity Davis, Alexander Dirksen, Orene Askew, Dennis Thomas, Karen Gerbrecht and Susan Anton.

“The VSO Indigenous Council was created to build inclusion with the three host nations: Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, as well as urban Indigenous populations and Métis peoples,” said Thomas. “Music plays such an important role in Indigenous cultures, and we intend to incorporate traditional songs and stories in collaboration with the VSO and the musicians to create unique musical performances. The path to follow is the next step in our commitment to truth and reconciliation. We are excited to showcase the creativity and cultures of our local Indigenous communities as we contribute to the reconciliation process. »

The concert begins at 4 p.m. on April 10 and more information, as well as tickets for the event, can be found on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra website.

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