The lasting effects of the pandemic are hitting the live performing arts hard.
With ticket sales reaching less than 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels on a good day, the Vancouver Chamber Music Society faces a big dilemma.
In the 2019/20 season, the Vancouver Chamber Music Society received overwhelmingly positive feedback in the expansion of their suburban outreach concerts series to include Delta, New Westminster, and Coquitlam in addition to their already thriving West Vancouver and North Vancouver series.
According to Artistic Director Kevin Park, the first season of the Delta Series at South Delta Baptist Church was a test drive to gather public interest for a continuing series.
“The reaction was beyond our expectation,” says Park, “Having over 200 annual subscriber promises a lot, and we immediately started to book internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles.”
The onslaught of the pandemic in March 2020 put a cold stop to this momentum.
As the society restarted the series in fall 2021, the series’ potential was recognized by support from major public sectors including the Province of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts and also individual donors and surrounding businesses.
However, despite enthusiastic applause and well-wishes from grateful audiences, empty seats tell a different story. Without evident audience interest through ticket sales, the Delta series fails to meet the society’s mandate to bring the best of the world into suburban communities.
On April 8, up and coming superstar violinist, Jinjoo Choo, will present a virtuosic program, “Devil’s Violin” featuring compositions by Debussy, Saint- Saëns, and Ysaÿe.
Then on May 30th, the world’s most significant violinist of today, James Ehnes, will join forces with Bion Tsang and Adam Neiman to bring monumental piano trios by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky. Will Delta residents prove we still want the best of the classical world in the accessibility of our hometown or will empty seats lead to closed doors?
Get a ticket for you and a friend for just $40 a person or $20 for students. Tickets are available online at: https://www.vancouverchambermusic.com/delta, by phone at: 604-359-9738 and at the door on concert days.