The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra 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 we can provide free concert tickets for our 2016/17 season to recently-arrived Syrian refugees.

Do you know an individual, group or organization that is sponsoring and/or otherwise supporting Syrian refugees in the Greater Vancouver area? If yes, please pass on this information to them, and ask them to contact VICO Communications Manager Melanie Thompson ( if they wish to take advantage of the ticket offer.

How does the offer work? Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for any VICO concert between Sept. 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 (see event details below). Please contact to make a reservation; make sure to mention that it is in connection with “Welcome to the Arts.”


1. Bamboo: Vietnamese & Intercultural Fusions                                        
Saturday November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St., Vancouver)

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) and Van-Anh Vo (dan tranh & dan t’rung). Also on the bill: The Bành Mì Barbershop Quartet.

2. Sounds Global in Concert: North Vancouver Edition                          
Saturday February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver

New intercultural music for chamber ensembles performed by Jun Rong (erhu), Milan Milosevic (tárogató), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Finn Manniche (cello), Hamin Honari (tombak) & Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice).

3. A Musical Fusion Feast: Mediterranean Brunch & Intercultural Music
Sunday February 19, 2017
Pasta Polo Restaurant
2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam (Google map)
Surface & underground parking available

Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food while you listen to the evocative sounds of the VICO Small Ensemble, featuring Lan Tung (erhu), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Naeim NC (percussion), Navid Goldrick (oud) and Farshid Samandari (piano). Brunch will be served from 11:00 am; the music begins at 1:00 pm!

4. Sounds Global in Concert: Surrey Edition                                                   
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88th Ave., Surrey)

New intercultural music for chamber ensembles performed by Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Jun Rong (erhu), Hamin Honari (tombak), Finn Manniche (cello) & Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice).


ABOUT THE VICO: The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, founded in 2001, was one of the first concert orchestras devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only professional ensemble of its kind in Canada, and one of a only a handful that exist in the world. The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Lower Mainland, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian) and Middle Eastern, Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American and European. VICO strives to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our city, our province and our country. We build bridges of imagination. We approach diversity as a fascinating challenge and a creative call to action. We make connections, between performers and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, across the Lower Mainland, throughout Canada and the world. We create and perform orchestral music that transcends boundaries: cultural, social, political, geographical.
“A world music super-group” – the Vancouver Sun
“Music that sounds like Vancouver looks” – The Georgia Straight
“The United Nations of music” – CBC Radio