The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Presents: Classical Masters

July 10 • 7:30pm

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and conductor William Rowson perform some of the most beautiful Classical music ever written. VSO Principal Clarinet Jeanette Jonquil is the soloist for Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto, and the orchestra performs selections by the greatest of the great masters, Mozart and Beethoven. Hosted by Christopher Gaze.


Mozart The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622 with Jeanette Jonquil, clarinet
Mozart The Magic Flute: Overture
Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral: I
Von Suppe Light Cavalry: Overture
Strauss Blue Danube Waltz


William RowsonConductor

William Rowson


Conductor William Rowson is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of Canada's most versatile emerging talents. Known for his intimate knowledge of the standard repertoire as well as his facile handling of new repertoire, Rowson recently won the position of Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In the 2015-16 season, Rowson returned as the Resident Conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘What Next’ Festival, conducting 5 Canadian operas in one week, in concert. He also was a finalist for the position of RBC Composer-in-Residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Rowson began conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music where he conducted the institute's Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has been a frequent guest of many of Canada’s leading ensembles, including Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Toronto's Talisker Players, the Glenn Gould Professional School, and The National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He has conducted the world premieres of over 60 new works. In January 2015 he debuted as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sneak Peek Orchestra in Toronto, an orchestra made up exclusively of young professional musicians, and in October of that year Rowson debuted as the Principal Conductor of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons Rowson has also conducted the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, The Toronto Philharmonic and the Scarborough Philharmonic. In addition to his performance schedule with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, upcoming engagements include return performances with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In the fall of 2013, Rowson worked with Philip Glass as the assistant conductor for the world premiere of the Godfrey Reggio film, Visitors, with Philip Glass’ score performed live by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His operatic experience includes conducting the Canadian premieres of Handel’s Amadigi de Guala and Hasse’s Antonio e Cleopatra on period instruments with London Early Opera and the University of Western Ontario’s Early Music Studio. Through his performances with the Talisker Players, Rowson has collaborated with prominent vocal artists Meredith Hall, Rufus Müller, Lawrence Wiliford and Krisztina Szabó. An accomplished composer, Rowson’s music has been featured at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, UBS Verbier Festival, the Banff Centre’s Summer Music Series, Niagara on the Lake International Chamber Music Festival, and the Brott Music Festival. In the summer of 2014 his Cello Sonata was recorded by the Mercer Park Duo for Naxos Canada and released internationally. That same year, Rowson debuted as a film composer at TIFF with his score to the feature length film Big Muddy. William Rowson grew up in musical family, starting the violin at age 3 in his hometown of Saskatoon.

Jeanette JonquilPrincipal Clarinet

Jeanette Jonquil

Principal Clarinet

Jeanette Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2005. She has performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. Before moving to Vancouver, she was the principal clarinetist in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina) where she was first featured as a soloist in her second month with the orchestra. Prior to that, she performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington and was also a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. For several summers, Ms. Jonquil was the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder. She has also performed at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast. She has attended the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Festival USA, Chautauqua Music Festival in New York and was a fellow at Tanglewood where she was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize for most outstanding woodwind playing. Ms. Jonquil is originally from Utica, New York where she began playing the clarinet in her school band program. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from Yale University. Her primary teachers were Russell Dagon and David Shifrin. Some of her other accomplishments include winning the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Woodwind Playing (both at Yale) and winning first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles. She has appeared as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonia, Utica Symphony, Charleston Symphony and Vancouver Symphony.