Ken Hsieh | Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

Vancouver Metropolitan
Orchestra Founder

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

Since the pandemic, the concept of normalcy has adapted a “new normal” for people on earth. The movement of people has been restricted like never before and relationships between people have been reimagined; we seem to be on a journey to a New World together.  Maestro Ken Hsieh and his Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra are joining with TAIWANfest to celebrate the all-time great movements of people through Dvořáks’ Symphony No. 9,  Green Island Serenade (綠島小夜曲), as well as Arirang, a song speaking about leaving and reunion, sorrow, joy and happiness.

Throughout the existence of humanity, people explore, experiment and evolve generations after generations. Some of these greatest movements have been exemplary and inspiring for the new generations as they continue to create a vision for their New World.

About The Artist / Ken Hsieh

A Charming, Passionate and Compelling presence on the podium, Award Winning Conductor Kenneth Hsieh, has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today. As the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO), Ken is dedicated to promoting young artists and music education. Being a long time friend and supporter, TAIWANfest Vancouver is honoured to partner with Maestro Ken Hsieh and the VMO on the New World concert.

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO)

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is a non-profit society founded by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. Since its inception in 2003, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO) has been dedicated to providing superior orchestral mentorship for talented music graduates, helping them move from student to professional. 

The VMO is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young musicians. They strongly believe that by providing such development opportunities, they are preparing their young musicians for leadership opportunities in orchestras and ensembles around the world, and empowering them to enrich the cultural life of their communities.

Symphony Programme

  1. Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72  | Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven | Conductor: Kemuel Wong
  2. Green Island Serenade | Composer: Lan-Ping Chou | Arranger: Che-Yi Lee | Conductor: Ken Hsieh
  3. Arirang – Traditional Korean Folk Song | Arranger: Elliot Del Borgo | Conductor: Kemuel Wong
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World” | Composer: Antonín Leopold Dvořák | Conductor: Ken Hsieh

Symphony Concert Musicians

Music Director & Conductor
Ken Hsieh 

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

[First Violin]  
Mark Ferris / Julia Lim / Ellen Farrugia / Elyse Jacobson / Hannah Chung / Carol Hur / Joanna Lee

[Second Violin] 
Ken Lin / Ruth Huang / Jiin Kim / Justine Lin / Monica Chen / Samantha Kung

[Viola] 
Isabelle Roland / Steven Lin / Jennifer Ho / Angela Chen / Winnie Wei

[Cello] 
Luke Kim / Doug Gorkoff / Eva Ying / Judy Lou / Lyla Lee

[Bass] 
Leanna Wong / Robyn Reekie / Meaghan Williams

[Flute]  
Paul Hung / Sabrina Mo

[Oboe]  
Emma Ringrose / Geronimo Mendoza

[Clarinet]   
Aidan Wong / Sydney Tetarenko

[Bassoon]  
Ingrid Chiang / Carrie To

[Horn]  
Richard Mingus / Kristin Ranshaw / Duncan Shaw / Emily Daily / Pauline Lo

[Trumpet]  
Mark D’Angelo / Daeyong Ra

[Trombone]    
Greg Passmore / Greg Farrugia / Andrew Broughton

[Tuba]   
Drew Dumas

[Percussion] 
Katie Rife / Annabelle Ip

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Since the pandemic, the concept of normalcy has adapted a “new normal” for people on earth. The movement of people has been restricted like never before and relationships between people have been reimagined; we seem to be on a journey to a New World together.  Maestro Ken Hsieh and his Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra are joining with TAIWANfest to celebrate the all-time great movements of people through Dvořáks’ Symphony No. 9, Green Island Serenade (綠島小夜曲), as well as Arirang, a song speaking about leaving and reunion, sorrow, joy and happiness.

Throughout the existence of humanity, people explore, experiment and evolve generations after generations. Some of these greatest movements have been exemplary and inspiring for the new generations as they continue to create a vision for their New World.

Ken Hsieh

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Founder

ABOUT THE ARTIST / KEN HSIEH

A Charming, Passionate and Compelling presence on the podium, Award Winning Conductor Kenneth Hsieh, has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today. As the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO), Ken is dedicated to promoting young artists and music education. Being a long time friend and supporter, TAIWANfest Vancouver is honoured to partner with Maestro Ken Hsieh and the VMO on the New World concert.

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO)

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is a non-profit society founded by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. Since its inception in 2003, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO) has been dedicated to providing superior orchestral mentorship for talented music graduates, helping them move from student to professional. 

The VMO is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young musicians. They strongly believe that by providing such development opportunities, they are preparing their young musicians for leadership opportunities in orchestras and ensembles around the world, and empowering them to enrich the cultural life of their communities.

Symphony Programme

  1. Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72  | Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven | Conductor: Kemuel Wong
  2. Green Island Serenade | Composer: Lan-Ping Chou | Arranger: Che-Yi Lee | Conductor: Ken Hsieh
  3. Arirang – Traditional Korean Folk Song | Arranger: Elliot Del Borgo | Conductor: Kemuel Wong
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World” | Composer: Antonín Leopold Dvořák | Conductor: Ken Hsieh

Symphony Concert Musicians

Music Director & Conductor
Ken Hsieh 

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra

[First Violin]  
Mark Ferris / Julia Lim / Ellen Farrugia / Elyse Jacobson / Hannah Chung / Carol Hur / Joanna Lee

[Second Violin] 
Ken Lin / Ruth Huang / Jiin Kim / Justine Lin / Monica Chen / Samantha Kung

[Viola] 
Isabelle Roland / Steven Lin / Jennifer Ho / Angela Chen / Winnie Wei

[Cello] 
Luke Kim / Doug Gorkoff / Eva Ying / Judy Lou / Lyla Lee

[Bass] 
Leanna Wong / Robyn Reekie / Meaghan Williams

[Flute]  
Paul Hung / Sabrina Mo

[Oboe]  
Emma Ringrose / Geronimo Mendoza

[Clarinet]   
Aidan Wong / Sydney Tetarenko

[Bassoon]  
Ingrid Chiang / Carrie To

[Horn]  
Richard Mingus / Kristin Ranshaw / Duncan Shaw / Emily Daily / Pauline Lo

[Trumpet]  
Mark D’Angelo / Daeyong Ra

[Trombone]    
Greg Passmore / Greg Farrugia / Andrew Broughton

[Tuba]   
Drew Dumas

[Percussion] 
Katie Rife / Annabelle Ip

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