October 21, 2017

Concert Details

Saturday, October 21, 2017  »  8pm


  • Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture Op 95
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Conductor: Jin Zhang
Assistant Conductor: Alexander Cannon

GUEST ARTIST: Sean Gao, Violin

TICKETS (suggested donation)

$20 – Adults
$15 – Seniors & Students
Free – Kids 12 and under

Donations can be made by cash or cheque. Tickets are available at the door or may also be reserved in advance by email: . Reserved tickets will be available at the door. 


Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 West 33rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

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Parking: Free street parking on West 33rd and side streets near the church.

Guest Artist Bio

Sean Gao

Sean Gao was born in China in the year 2000. He moved to Vancouver at the age of 2 and began his violin studies at the age of 6 with his father, Yong Gao. At age 13, Sean made his debut as a soloist with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is the winner of the 2016/17 Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, Seattle Young Artists Music Competition, and many more. He also performs in many recitals, including the Shadbolt gala recital, after receiving the highest mark for his ARCT performers in his region.

Sean spent his recent summers at the VSO Institute at Whistler and Domaine Forget. He played in master classes with many world renowned soloists including Rachel Barton Pine, Ray Chen, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Simone Lamsma, and many more. He is also an avid chamber musician, winning 1st prize in the annual Friends of Chamber Music Competition.

Sean currently studies with Nicholas Wright of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and UBC professor David Gillham. Sean enjoys listening to different violinists in his free time, spending time with his peers, and playing sports with friends. His contribution to the musical community in Vancouver inspires himself along with others to achieve greater goals through music making.

Recently this summer, Sean performed Zigeunerweisen with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Jack Poole Plaza in front of 8000 people.

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