In 2018/19, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra celebrates its 17th season with a smorgasbord of concerts, chamber recitals, workshops for musicians and composers, free educational presentations, acclaimed guest soloists, 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.

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!





May 31 – June 13, 2019
Various venues

The VICO’s annual festival celebrates the intersection of Canada’s resident cultures with musical traditions from all over the world, through the creation and performance of intercultural music. The 2019 edition will celebrate the instruments and traditions of Japan and other world cultures. We are excited to welcome international guests Naomi Sato (sho), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi), Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi), alongside a who’s who of Vancouver-area musicians and guest ensembles. Details here!




A Garland of  Ragas & Talas

Feat. VICO & Guests

June 12, 2019 | 8 pm
The Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver

Tickets $35 / $25 / $20 

The sounds and instruments of Japan mingle with those of India in this concert, as the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra performs the world premiere of a new work for bansuri and strings by Neelamjit Dhillon, alongside The Longing Sky, Moshe Denburg’s ground-breaking double concerto for shakuhachi and sarangi. Featured soloists will be Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi) and Yuji Nakagawa (sarangi), under the baton of guest conductor John Zoltek. Also on the bill: Nesting Cranes for shakuhachi and strings (traditional, arranged by Farshid Samandari), and an intercultural orchestral arrangement of George Harrison’s Within You and Without You by Mark Armanini.

Also featuring: Vidyasagar Vankayala (vocalist)



We extend grateful thanks to the following funders & partners, for their support of our 2018/2019 programming:

The Canada Council for the Arts

Department of Canadian Heritage – Canada Arts Presentation Fund
BC Arts Council
The Province of BC (Community Gaming)
City of Vancouver Cultural Services
North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission
City of Surrey
Vancouver Public Library
North Vancouver City Library
The Somerset Foundation