• What we'll do
Listen to the Vancouver Bach Choir and the West Coast Symphony perform Mahler's 8th Symphony. Known as the "Symphony of a Thousand", this extravaganza has been trimmed to a relatively svelte 250 performers or so. There are still 10 soloists, a childrens choir, a full orchestra, and two adult choirs! The first half is sung in exuberant Latin. The second half is in German, an operatic setting of the heavenly ending of Goethe's "Faust". The total run time is 90 minutes, and there is NO INTERMISSION, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time!
There is a 7pm pre-concert talk with Paolo Pietropaolo, in the West Coast Lobby. No extra charge for ticket-holders. Consider coming early and checking it out!
There will be related gatherings under separate events: beforehand for dinner (https://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Classical-Music-101/events/247665285/), and afterwards for drinks (https://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Classical-Music-101/events/247665426/). RSVP there as well if you are interested.
Both the Vancouver Bach Choir (http://www.vancouverbachchoir.com/adult/vancouver-bach-choir/) and the West Coast Symphony (http://www.westcoastsymphony.ca/about-joining.html) are local groups with skilled amateur memberships. You could be performing with them too, so maybe consider auditioning?
• What to bring
• Important to know
Buy your own tickets from http://www.vancouverbachchoir.com/events/mahler-symphony-no-8/ . Suggestion: pick seats in Orchestra Left section B rows 18-19, seats 30-38, and you will be near other Meetup folks. Use code SECRET to get 10% off section B seats. If you are 35 or younger, you get an even bigger discount.
The Meetup RSVP doesn't get you into the show, it just lets me know who to look out for.