The Vancouver Recital Society

Yo-Yo Ma

Given my personal history with the organization, it’s a real pleasure to announce I was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Recital Society last night at their Annual General Meeting.

Founded in 1980 by a dynamo named Leila Getz, (Artistic Director of the VRS), the Vancouver Recital Society today is one of the ten great recital series in North America, presenting such internationally-renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, and Vladimir Ashkenazy among many others over the past 29 years.

I’m particularly pleased to join this board because, as Leila is fond of reminding members, I was the society’s first summer student/intern, working my way through UBC at the time. Even while away in New York at Columbia Artists, I remained in touch with the VRS as it was rapidly evolving into one of the premier series on the continent.

The Board of the VRS, headed by Brian Wallace, is one of the great boards in the city – that rare combination of people motivated by love of music and dedicated to fiscal prudence, with the result that the VRS balances its budget every year with no accumulated deficit. It is an honour to serve with such a dedicated group of talented individuals.

The Electrifying Cecilia Bartoli

Two events of note upcoming: Cecilia Bartoli is one of the greatest, most electrifying and musical singers of our time and performs Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:00 PM at the Orpheum Theatre.

And, on April 18, 2009, the VRS will present its annual Surprise Concert at 3pm at the Chan Centre at UBC. This is a spectacular opportunity to hear great artists in an intimate setting with an element of suspense thrown into the mix … what’s not to love? For tickets very reasonably priced at $50, please contact the VRS for more information.