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    2014-15 VSO Chamber Music Series to be hosted by Vancouver's Historic Kiggins Theatre

Once again the Kiggins Theatre, located at 1011 Main Street in downtown Vancouver will host The VSO's Chamber Music Series. The VSO Chamber Music Series is under the direction of VSO pianist Dr. Michael C. Liu, with the collaboration of renowned pianist, Cary Lewis.

The collaboration with Kiggins is part of the city's effort to revitalize downtown Vancouver. The theater is operated by Dan Wyatt, also the owner of downtown soda shop Pop Culture, an Uptown Village venue that also features live music nights and movie nights, and showcases local artwork. Wyatt became the Kiggins' new owner in 2012.


Immediately following each concert, a food and drink reception will be held next door to the theatre at Niche – a wine and art bar, which is open to all concert attendees.

Niche - Wine and Art Bar


2015 Season



  New time: Sundays at 3:00 pm

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The Historic Kiggins Theater


The Historic Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main Street
Vancouver, WA
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Signs of Spring - April 12, 2015


April means that Spring is officially here and it signifies the return of Oregon Symphony Principal Cellist Nancy Ives, pianist Cary Lewis and DTQ String Quartet to the iconic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver for a joyous afternoon of chamber music.


The concert begins with DTQ String Quartet performing American Quartet (The String Quartet in F major Op. 96) by Antonín Dvořák. Dvořák composed the Quartet in 1893 during a summer vacation from his position as director of the National Conservatory in New York and shortly after the New World Symphony.

In the second half, we welcome back the acclaimed Nancy Ives, cello and Cary Lewis, piano, performing the only Portland-area performance of the magnificent Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major by Johannes Brahms and another Dvořák composition, Waldesruhe (Silent Woods).

The April concert will provide the perfect opportunity for concert attendees to not only watch a fabulous staging in comfortable surroundings, but also enjoy wine, soft drinks and refreshments at the newly-renovated Kiggins.


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                         Cary Lewis, piano

DTQ String Quartet

     The DTQ String Quartet


Nancy Ives, Oregon Symphony Principal Cellist

        Nancy Ives, cello

Cary Lewis, Pianist

The VSO Chamber Series presents "Sunbreaks" - Sunday, May 3 3:00 pm at The Kiggins Theatre

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The General, silent music classic by Buster KeatonThe American Film Institute names it the 19th best movie ever made and now you can see it on the big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra. "The General" stars (and was co-directed by) Buster Keaton, and is his most well-known film, presented with a score by a five-piece orchestra and conducted by pianist Rodney Sauer, who also arranged the music.


Railroad engineer Buster Keaton is rejected by the Confederate Army and by his sweetheart, Annabelle (Marion Mack). But when Northern spies kidnap both Annabelle and The General (his beloved train engine), it sets in motion cinema's most perfectly structured comic epic. This 1926 silent film is presented in a beautiful transfer from an archival print. The five-piece orchestra uses historic "photoplay music" to create an authentic, exciting, and compelling score of the kind heard in movie theaters in the 1920s.


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