Credit: Sarah Race

Deer Lake Park Festival Lawn in Burnaby is set to come alive with enchanting melodies and breathtaking performances on July 15 and 16. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Vancouver Opera are expected to present two extraordinary evenings of music and artistry. Symphony in the Park featuring VSO on July 15 and Opera in the Park featuring Vancouver Opera on July 16 promise to be unforgettable cultural events that will captivate audiences of all ages. Come and delve into the world of these mesmerizing outdoor concerts.


The two-day back-to-back orchestra shows are set at Deer Lake Park Lawn (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby). Parking in the vicinity is limited, and alternate transportation is encouraged.


An outdoor orchestral extravaganza is happening in Burnaby. The serene surroundings of Deer Lake Park will provide the perfect backdrop for Symphony in the Park on July 15, featuring the renowned Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Led by the exceptional conductor, Jonathan Darlington, the orchestra’s performance will transport the audience to a realm of musical bliss.

The following day, on July 16, Vancouver Opera takes center stage at the same venue for Opera in the Park. Prepare to be enthralled as conductor David Bui and the talented cast of Vancouver Opera bring timeless operatic pieces to life.


Jonathan Darlington has held the position of Music Director Emeritus at Vancouver Opera since 2018 after completing a highly successful term of almost 20 years as Music Director. On the other hand, David Bui is the 1st prize winner of the Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition 2021 and has been RBC Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since April 2022 under the direction of chief conductor Otto Tausk.

Credit: Sarah Race

Credit: Sarah Race


Symphony in the Park featuring VSO


Conductor: David Bui

  • Coast Salish Anthem
  • Barber of Seville, The: Overture (Italian) – Rossini
  • Carmen: Suite No. 1 – Bizet
  • Pomp and Circumstance: March No. 1, Op. 39 – Elgar
  • Jurassic Park: Highlights – Williams, Custer
  • James Bond Theme – Ford, Norman
  • Austin Powers Medley
  • Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra I. Main Title – Williams
  • Samson and Delila: Danse Bacchanale – Saint-Saëns
  • Through the Lions’ Gate: The Mountains – Baker
  • Hook: The Flight to Neverland – Williams
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I. Hedwig’s Theme – Williams
  • Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo – Mascagni
  • E.T.: Adventures on Earth – Williams
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: Raiders March – Williams
  • Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra: III. Imperial March – Williams

Opera in the Park featuring Vancouver Opera


Conductor: Jonathan Darlington

  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Overture
    • Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
    • Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
    • O zittre nicht mein lieber Sohn
    • Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen
    • Der hölle Rache
    • Ach ich fühl es ist verschwunden
    • Isis und Osiris welche Wonne
    • Papagena Papagena Papagena!
    • Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno
    • Wenn Tugend und Gerechtigkeit
  • Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
    • Bella siccome un angelo
    • Quel guardo il cavaliere
    • So anch’io la virtu magica
    • Com’e gentil
    • Tornami a dir che m’ami
    • I diamanti presto presto (servants chorus)
  • Carmen by Georges Bizet
    • Overture
    • L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
    • Votre toast (Toreador Song)
    • La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Flower Song)
    • Entr’acte 2
    • Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)
    • Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla)
    • Je dis que rien m’epouvante
    • A deux cuartos


Before attending the Symphony in the Park or Opera in the Park events featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) or Vancouver Opera, there are a few things you should know to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Firstly, while outside food is allowed, you’ll be pleased to know that there will be food trucks available on site. So whether you’re craving a quick snack or a full meal, you’ll have plenty of delicious options to choose from.

However, it’s important to note that due to the landscape of the venue, it is recommended to bring low chairs to avoid obstructing the views of others. This consideration ensures that everyone can fully enjoy the performances without any inconvenience. Keep in mind that large tents, umbrellas, and tarps are not permitted, so plan accordingly to make the most of your time at the event.

If you want more information about the Symphony in the Park event featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) or the Opera in the Park event featuring Vancouver Opera, you can find additional details and updates by visiting the resourceful links provided below. These links will help you stay informed about the schedule, program details, and any other pertinent information you may need to make the most of your experience:

By being prepared with these important details, you can relax, enjoy the mesmerizing music, and have a memorable time at Symphony in the Park or Opera in the Park.

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