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!




VICO on Tour

September 20-27, 2018

The VICO is hitting the road! In September, for the first time in our 17-year history, we are taking the full orchestra on tour. We are excited to be making our US debut at the invitation of Glacier Symphony Orchestra & Chorale in Kalispell, Montana; we will then travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba for our first ever Prairie appearance, hosted by Groundswell. Under the direction of guest conductor John Zoltek, the 21-piece VICO will perform new and recent compositions by Lan Tung, Jennifer Butler, Farshid Samandari, Niel Golden, Jim Hiscott, Mark Armanini and others.

We look forward to sharing the VICO’s unique brand of contemporary Canadian “orchestral intercultural fusion” with new audiences this fall. We are proud to present Canadian artists, Canadian music and a uniquely Canadian approach to diversity in art, both nationally and internationally.


September 22 & 23, 2018
Kalispell, Montana
Presented by Glacier Symphony & Chorale
Details & box office info:


September 26, 2018
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Presented by Groundswell


Music of the Whole World: A Persian Winter Solstice
Thursday December 20, 2018 at 7 PM
North Vancouver City Library
120 W. 14th St., North Vancouver
FREE Admission
In this special Winter Solstice edition of our free public educational series, the VICO presents an introduction to traditional Persian instruments, featuring Amir Eslami (ney), Behzad Mirloo (kamanche) and Farshid Samandari (composer). This evening is an opportunity to get up close and personal with the process of creating and performing intercultural music. Guaranteed to broaden your horizons!



YALDA: A Winter Solstice Concert

December 22, 2019 | 8 pm
Blueshore Centre for Performing Arts at Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

The VICO is proud to present an evocative, contemplative evening of chamber music for voice and intercultural strings, bringing light and warmth to the longest night of the year. Tickets are on sale now!

Hazar Ava Ensemble
Janan Kamanche Consort
AU Ensemble
Moshe Denburg
Jenny Lu
Willy Miles-Grenzberg

With stage design by Fariba Emami




March 31, 2019
Surrey Arts Centre Studio Theatre

Details to come!




June 3-9, 2019

Details to come!



TAMBURA RASA – VICO & Special Guests

June 16, 2019
The Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver

Details to come!






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