The Vancouver Symphony gives music back to the community in a free concert at Esther Short Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. Renowned baritone Stephen Salters is the featured singer in a program that includes the overture to Verdi’s La forza del destino; Old American Songs by Copland; Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances; stirring gospel spirituals; and Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 5. For the first time ever, the orchestra will be conducted by acclaimed conductor, pianist and violinist, Awadagin Pratt (pictured). The VSO begins it’s concert season on Sept. 21 & 23. Information at VSO.