The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is happy to return a beloved Vancouver tradition to Esther Short Park after a five-year absence. The orchestra will play less than two weeks before the beginning of The VSO’s 35th season at Skyview Concert Hall. For the first time ever, the orchestra will be led by acclaimed conductor, pianist and violinist, Awadagin Pratt and features Stephen Salters, baritone. The program includes the overture from La forza del destino by Verdi; Copland’s Old American Songs; Slavonic Dances of Dvořák, some stirring gospel spirituals and ends with Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 5.