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Welcome to the VICO
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is a professional concert orchestra devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. Founded in 2001, it was one of the first such ensembles in the world, and is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. The VICO’s core roster consists of 24 musicians, some of whom are trained in the Western (European) classical tradition, while others are performers in the musical traditions of cultures from all over the world (Asian, African, East Indian and Middle Eastern, among others). The VICO’s composers and musicians are on the cutting edge, writing and performing the Canadian music of the future. VICO’s mission is to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our country...a creative force for innovation, diversity and understanding.
"...Music that sounds like Vancouver looks." -- Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
What Audiences Are Saying:
"...beautiful music and performed so exquisitely..."
"...a remarkable display of cultural diversity and unity (...). What an important resource and example for our community and beyond."
"...innovative and interesting music, not quite what I was expecting but challenging and exciting!"
"...hugely inspiring and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward."
Media Release: Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves
VICO & Special Guests Celebrate Japanese Music in Canada
May 7-19, 2013
Various venues in Vancouver, Burnaby & Victoria
In connection with Asian Heritage Month, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is honoured to host international guest stars Tsunao Yamai (renowned Noh performer) and Naomi Sato (virtuoso sho player) in CHRYSANTHEMUMS & MAPLE LEAVES, a festival showcasing Japanese music in myriad forms, from the centuries-old traditions of Noh theatre to contemporary music for soloists, small ensembles and intercultural orchestra.
Download the following media release in Japanese (PDF, file size approx. 640 KB).
VICO in the Media: Feb. 2013
In the lead-up to our February events, we're pleased to have been covered in several local newspapers recently (hat tip to the Chutzpah! Festival's hard-working publicist, Jodi Smith, and many thanks to the reporters and media outlets for their interest). Check out the links below: