The layperson's guide to the VSO 

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs two nights at WOP Friday and Saturday

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Friday marks the long-awaited return of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to Whistler.

Yes, the glory days of VSO on the Mountain have sort of returned, but rather than being at the mercy of the elements way, way up on Whistler Mountain (one reason why the former annual event was discontinued), they'll make their debut at Whistler Olympic Plaza. That's right! Sheltered from rain, sleet or sunshine, with grass all around for the general public, the VSO will make you weep with exultation, if you care for this sort of thing.

Because these concerts will attract the "general public," there will be only general knowledge of the music performed. As such, Pique is offering a rough guide to each of the composers and pieces on Friday night's "Classic Summer Celebration," which will feature pieces from notable European composers whose names aficionados know all about, but everyone else will have trouble pronouncing.

Saturday night features works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, which everyone should have an idea about by now, unless you failed Grade 7 history and never went back.

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