Free ‘Symphony at Sunset’ concert happening at Sunset Beach Park

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will play a free open-air concert at Sunset Beach Park this summer.

The ‘Symphony at Sunset’ will start with a pre-concert program performed by student ensembles from the VSO School of Music at 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance from the VSO from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 14.

The concert will include music by Leonard Bernstein, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and John Williams’ scores to Star Wars.

The event is a a collaboration between the VSO and the Vancouver Park Board.

“We encourage young and old to enjoy this free family event and we hope the musicians are uniquely inspired by the beauty of this iconic park,” says Park Board chair Stuart Mackinnon.

People are being encouraged to cycle, walk or take transit to the smoke and alcohol-free event. There will be food trucks on site and bring a blanket or low chairs that won’t obstruct the view for others.

“We are thrilled to kick off the VSO’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board in a setting that will combine the scenic assets of our city with the cultural assets of our symphony,” says Kelly Tweeddale, president of the Vancouver Symphony Society and VSO School of Music.

The last time the VSO held a free outdoor concert in Vancouver was in 2011 for the 125th anniversary of the city in Stanley Park.