In 2016/17, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra celebrates its 15th season with a smorgasbord of concerts, chamber recitals, workshops for musicians and composers, free educational presentations, acclaimed guest soloists from Vietnam, China and Iran, and more. Audiences will experience Canadian music that is both rooted in ancient traditions and excitingly fresh to the ear; music that draws on the poetic best of many cultures, and builds bridges of imagination and communication between them. View our 2016/17 season brochure in PDF form here.

Note: the VICO is proud to be participating in “Welcome to the Arts”, an initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts (co-funded by Sun Life Financial), thanks to which arts organizations across Canada can offer free access to their 2016/17 programming for recent Syrian refugees. If you are associated with an individual, group or organization that is sponsoring a Syrian family, and you are interested in obtaining tickets to one of our upcoming concerts, please contact us at

In addition to the following concerts & other events, the VICO offers an annual slate of educational programs, including workshops for composers and other activities. Visit the Education page for details!


Bamboo: Vietnamese & Intercultural Fusions
Saturday November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Annex
823 Seymour St., Vancouver
Tickets $30 / $20

The first large-scale concert of our 2016/17 season, will feature the 15-member VICO with virtuoso solo performers on Vietnamese traditional instruments: Bic Hoang (dan bau, one string zither monochord) and Van-Anh Vo (dan tranh, a 16-string zither, and dan t’rung, a bamboo xylophone). The repertoire will include: the Canadian premiere of a work by Vietnamese composer Tran Manh Hung for traditional chamber quintet (erhu, dan tranh, flute and zuan); the Canadian premiere of Scent of Spring by Khac Chi; the Canadian premiere of a work by Vietnamese/American composer and performer Van-Anh Vo for dan tranh and intercultural chamber orchestra; a new work, The River of Memories, for dan bau and intercultural chamber orchestra by Bic Hoang; a new compilation of intercultural folk song arrangements for the VICO by Mark Armanini; a piece by emerging composer Jessica Hua, developed through the VICO’s Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop; and selected Vietnamese traditional and folk songs. Also featured: The Bành Mì Barbershop Quartet (Jeremy Truong, Trieu Mai, Dan Nguyen, Thai-Hoa Le).

Special House Concert: Intimate Sounds of Vietnam
Sunday November 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Notional Space
1523 East Pender St., Vancouver
Tickets $50 (includes tax receipt for $20)

Experience the talents of virtuoso soloists Bic Hoang (dan bau) and Van-Anh Vo (dan tranh) up close and personal, in the uniquely intimate atmosphere of a house concert.

Sounds Global in Concert: North Vancouver Edition
Saturday February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
Tickets $25/$15

New intercultural music for chamber ensemble by composers participating in our Sounds Global Workshop at Capilano University, performed by Jun Rong (erhu), Milan Milosevic (tárogató), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Finn Manniche (cello), Hamin Honari (tombak) and Willy Miles (voice).

Sounds Global in Concert: Surrey Edition
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88th Ave., Surrey
Tickets $25 / $15

New intercultural music for chamber ensembles by composers participating in our Sounds Global Workshop in Surrey, performed by Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Jun Rong (erhu), Hamin Honari (tombak), Finn Manniche (cello) & Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice).

Global Soundscapes Festival: Hands On!
June 5 – 12, 2017 in Vancouver
Other dates in Victoria, North Vancouver TBA
Various venues including The Revue Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver

The VICO’s annual Global Soundscapes Festival explores and celebrates the intersection of Canada’s resident cultures with musical traditions and instruments from all over the world, through the creation and performance of intercultural music. The festival presents international guest artists and ensembles alongside Canadian musicians in a series of concerts, workshops and public educational presentations. The 2017 edition (subtitled “Hands On”) will focus on percussion instruments from China, Indonesia, Korea, Iran and India.

Percussion has been a longstanding area of artistic interest within the VICO. Through many past projects we have found that percussion instruments from many cultures provide composers with a rich source of sounds and rhythms, and offer unique opportunities for connection across cultures: the beat of a drum is primal and in many ways universal, but the range of distinctive instruments and techniques that have developed all over the world offers fertile ground for innovation and cross-cultural learning in the VICO context. We are excited to pursue these artistic opportunities in a multi-faceted, sustained way through this festival project.

Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Ziya Tabassian (tombak & daf) , Chen Zhuo Hui (Chinese percussion)
Curtis Andrews & friends
Neelamjit Dhillon & friends
Niel Golden
Fringe Percussion Quartet



The Canada 150 Concert

Saturday July 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Blueshore Financial Performing Arts Centre
Capilano University, North Vancouver 

A musical celebration of our country’s multicultural identity, showcasing Canadian artists (present and future) who embody true Canadian inclusiveness and active, authentic diversity.


Mystics & Lovers Album Release Party
Sunday September 25, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
FREE Admission

Join us for a fun and festive get-together to launch Mystics & Lovers, a new album of choral intercultural music jointly recorded by VICO & Laudate Singers, featuring works by Moshe Denburg and Farshid Samandari. September 25th is also the VICO’s 15th birthday! We will celebrate with music, mingling, and treats.

Library Series: Music of the Whole World

Saturday October 1, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 pm
North Vancouver Public Library
120 14th St. West, North Vancouver
FREE Admission

VICO celebrates Culture Days Across Canada in North Vancouver! Musicians Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Lan Tung (erhu) & Jonathan Bernard (percussion) will introduce their instruments and play selections of traditional and intercultural music.

Thursday November 10, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
350 Georgia St., Vancouver
FREE Admission

Hosted by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, virtuoso guest soloists Bic Hoang (dan bau) and Van Anh (Vanessa) Vo (dan tranh), will introduce their instruments and perform selections of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese music.

UBC Noon-Hour Recital
Wednesday November 9, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 pm
UBC School of Music
FREE Admission for UBC School of Music students; $5 at the door for general public

Traditional Vietnamese music, performed by visiting guest artist Van Anh Vo (dan tranh) and Vancouver-based virtuoso Bic Hoang (dan bau).

If Music Be the Food of Love: VICO Small Ensemble at Pasta Polo (Coquitlam)
Sunday February 19 & April 2, 2017
Pasta Polo Restaurant
2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam

Brunch from 11:00 am; music at 1:00 pm! Enjoy delicious Italian food while you listen to the evocative sounds of the VICO Small Ensemble.