The last concert of our Edges of Canada tour takes place at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Vancouver performance hall that has earned unanimous praise from artists and critics alike as being one of the premier venues in North America.
Opening officially in 1997 and located on the campus of UBC, the Chan Centre was designed by the skilled team of Bing Thom Architects, ARTEC Consultants of New York and Theatre Projects Consultants. With construction beginning in 1995 and completed two years later, the centre was funded through the support of the Chan Foundation of Canada, Telus, and the Royal Bank Financial group, with select funds being matched by the provincial government.
The crowning jewel of the Chan Centre is the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Named after the patriarch of the Chan family, the shape of the hall was inspired by the contours of the cello. The hall is known the world over for its acoustics, which is due in large part to a sparkling 22.7-tonne acoustic canopy, a chandelier-like mechanism that reflects sound back to the performers and to the audience. Suspended on cables, the canopy is adjustable in height to accommodate a variety of groups and musical styles.
From classical to jazz to world music, artists like Wynton Marsalis, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, and Herbie Hancock have all graced the stage of the Chan Centre. Home to the Vancouver Symphony throughout the year, it is a fitting place for us to conclude our tour: a world-class stage for a world-class youth orchestra to finish the grandest tour in our 50+ year history.