Heroes with Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen

Heroes come from all walks of life and social settings. At 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Vancouver Island Symphony will pay tribute to all heroes, particularly the men and women of our paramedic, fire, RCMP, and Coast Guard services, in a concert filled with music by and reflective of heroes and heroic deeds.

In Le Tombe de Couperin, composer Maurice Ravel dedicated each piece to a fallen soldier friend. Dimitri Shostakovich was himself a hero as one of the few Russian composers to stand up to Stalin. His Cello Concerto, No. 1, played here by international cellist Phil Hansen, is filled with irony and sarcasm. The VI Symphony season comes to a powerful close with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”. Heroic in nature, it has been played for many a hero throughout recent history.

The Heroes concert at The Port Theatre in Nanaimo will be conducted by Pierre Simard with guest artist Phil Hansen on cello. There will be pre and post-concert talks. For tickets call The Port Theatre at 250-754-8550.  For more information call the Vancouver Island Symphony at 250-754-0177.