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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra
    The 2016-17 VSO Chamber Music Series to be hosted by Vancouver's Historic Kiggins Theatre

Now in its sixth season, the series was co-created by Dr. Michael C. Liu, the VSO pianist and board member, and Dr. Igor Shakhman, VSO Executive Director and Principal Clarinet, to present great musicians playing in a very intimate setting. The content of each concert is unique, and most of the participating musicians are members of The Vancouver Symphony.


Prices are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Save money with one of the ticket packages!

Primarily known as a movie theater, the Kiggins was designed in the Art Deco style by architect Day Walter Hilborn and named for former Vancouver mayor and businessman John P. Kiggins. Opened in 1936, the theater was renovated and reopened in September 2011. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The theatre is owned and operated by Dan Wyatt.

The Historic Kiggins Theater


The Historic Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main Street
Vancouver, WA  
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Join us for a full season of family concerts, incredible guest artists, and unparalleled musical artistry! All concerts begin at 3:00 pm.


Buy tickets online now - single concert or ticket packages

Season Ticket Packages are available now! Why are the Chamber Series ticket packages such a good idea? Because they can be applied within this season any way you wish – share with friends (a concert party!) or enjoy multiple concerts on your own. Either way, you save money.

Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm

This concert highlights one of Igor Stravinsky's best known chamber works: L'Histoire du Soldat (Soldier's Tale).


This piece is a theatrical work based on the Russian folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil.


In this tale the soldier, on his way home, encounters the Devil and trades his violin in exchange for unlimited riches.


Stravinsky's wit and humor fills the story as the soldier wins the hand of a princess while intentionally losing his wealth to the Devil in a card game.

The soldier eventually regains possession of his violin, but the Devil has one final hand to play. Who will win at the end of this tale?


The featured version of this work is scored for seven instruments, actor/narrator and conductor:

Ken Selden, conductor
Kirk Mouser, narration

Eva Richey, violin
Garrett Jellesma, bass
Igor Shakhman, clarinet
Danielle Goldman, bassoon
Bruce Dunn, trumpet
Graham Middleton, trombone
Florian Conzetti, percussion

Sunday, March 19th, 3pm

Film score arranger Rodney Sauer, with an ensemble of VSO soloists, Buster Keaton, in 'The Scarecrow'presents:

  • The Scarecrow, written, directed by and starring the incomparable Buster Keaton.
  • What Price Goofy? where main star (Charlie Chase) tries to convince his jealous wife that he is innocent, but keeps finding himself in hilarious situations.
  • Gertie the Dinosaur, one of the earliest animated films in history and the first film to use advanced animation techniques. This film had a major influence on the next generation of animators, including Walt Disney.



Poster for 1929 movie 'City Girl'



Sunday, May 21st, 3pm

Following its triumphant premier in 2009, local composer John Paul's original score for City Girl (shot in Oregon in 1929), resonated throughout the Pacific. Prominent Northwest music critic James Bash in his blog Northwest Reverb wrote, "The audience went wild afterward: foot-stomping, whistling, cheering, clapping and a hearty chorus of huzzahs greeted the composer after the lights came back on..."



Ko Iwasaki, cello


Sunday, June 18th, 3pm
After a spectacular debut in November 2015, cellist Ko Iwasaki returns to the Kiggins stage to close the Chamber season with a bang. Joining Mr. Iwasaki is VSO pianist Dr. Michael C. Liu and VSO soloists. Mr. Iwasaki has performed with leading orchestras around the globe and was a medalist of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.


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